Yakima Law, PLLC knows that a team is not made up of one individual. Our success is due to the tireless effort of our brilliant staff. When youa are surrounded by the best, it's hard not to achieve the best.
Born and raised in South Florida, Matthew Kaminski received a degree in History from the University of Florida in 2006. He later earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Florida A&M College of Law in 2009.
Matthew Kaminski has been practicing law since passing the Florida Bar in 2009. He began working at a real estate litigation firm in Plantation, Florida. Mr. Kaminski participated in mediations and civil court practice (including judicial mortgage foreclosure, title actions, and evictions) all over the State of Florida. It was during his two years in practice at this firm where he met his wife, Kim.
In 2011, after his wife had accepted a director position in Seattle, Matthew Kaminski relocated to the Pacific Northwest and was admitted to the Washington State Bar later that same year. Mr. Kaminski went on to open his office in the heart of Belltown at the historic Markham Building on 3rd Ave and Blanchard. In addition to providing quality and affordable legal services through his practice, he has chosen to give back to his new home by volunteering with the King County Bar association's Housing Justice Project and Kinship Care Solutions Project providing free services to Low-Income clients. Matthew Kaminski also proudly works with the Legal Voice, a women's rights group benefiting the State of Washington. He is currently the vice president of the Yakima Volunteer Attorney Services Board.
"I've always felt that an attorney is measured by what he gives back to the community.
When Mr. Ashby invited him from Seattle to introduce him to his Family Law firm approach, one that merged a caring, client-centric approach with 21st century technology, Matt knew that this firm was ushering him in a new approach to family law and that he wanted to be a part of the Ashby firm “family.” The firm and he share the core belief that no one wins when two parents are pitted against each other, instead he has always striven to find collaborative solutions to difficult problems.
This collaboration conitued until 3/25/2019, when Ashby Law withdrew form the Yakima / Kittitas area. Matthew Kaminski and Brooke Barnes decided to create their own firm to not only focus carrying out the dream of bringing a different approach to family law issues. Yakima Law, PLLC was born out of their desire to help more people, including criminal law and other civil matters.
Having had personal experience growing up as a child in a divided home, Brooke brings an essential element of understanding and compassion to Family Law. Her passion is helping people not only walk through the landmines inherent with legal actions, but to actually thrive in the process. No battle is too massive and she is not intimidated by any adversary and will handle legal cases with the utmost honesty and integrity, using her gifts of research, investigation and persuasive speech to dismantle any inequities against her clients. Brooke has the gift of making even her enemies live at peace with her as she has incorporated the adage of drawing more flies with honey than vinegar a part of her life.
Brooke makes you feel like the only person in the room, even if you are in a crowd of hundreds. Her calm, confident demeanor will embolden and soothe clients immersed in anxiety causing situations. If you have concerns about your case, she will always take the time to talk to you and give you an honest assessment of where things stand. She is here to listen, provide advice, and fight for you. She has never met an opponent she hasn’t felt comfortable standing up to. Prior to coming to Ashby Law, Brooke defended over a thousand criminal cases. She has argued motions and gone to trial several times, garnering positive outcomes in the proceedings. Brooke transitioned to helping families because she finds it fulfilling to empower those facing family crises.
Brooke was born and raised in Central Washington. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as their two dogs. One of her favorite activities is going to breweries where she can sit outside and listen to music while laughing with her husband and friends.
Jodi (Felton) Mumford was born and raised in Yakima. She is a graduated of Eisenhower High School, Washington State University, and the University of Idaho College of Law. Jodi has practiced law in Yakima since 2009, focusing mainly on immigration law. In her immigration law practice, Jodi has experience handling a variety of immigration cases including: Adjustment of Status to Legal Resident, Citizenship & Naturalization, Immigrant Visas Abroad, U Visas, V Visas, K-1 Fiancé Visas, DACA, and Deportation/Removal defense.
Jodi likes the personal aspect of immigration law very much. Meeting new people every day with different backgrounds and experiences and being able to help them navigate the confusing and ever-changing immigration laws whether it be in immigration court when facing deportation or helping her clients to obtain citizenship, legal residence, or permission to work in the United States. Seeing a client obtain their first legal resident card, take the oath to become a United States citizen, or simply witnessing a hug between spouses or a parent and child who no longer have to worry about losing a family member to deportation are the best parts of her job.
Outside the office Jodi enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters. Jodi loves to spend time outdoors especially in the summer and can often be found boating on Lake Roosevelt. Some of her other interests include reading, working out, attending sporting events, and enjoying many of the local wineries and breweries the Yakima Valley has to offer.
Nina Rodriguez is a paralegal in Family Law. She provides the attorneys in the Firm with solid and reliable assistance and serves as a listening ear to our clients.
Family law clients are often faced with a variety of emotional situations. Nina presents a calm, helpful and supportive demeanor as she handles their immediate needs. Our family and criminal law attorneys look to her often as the initial contact with our clients. She is also relied upon by the attorneys for drafting necessary documents, meeting directly with the clients, scheduling appointments and court appearances if needed, as well as keeping the client files organized ready for court hearings or trial.
Nina graduated from Charter College in 2018 with a Computer Tech degree. She resides in Yakima County with her husband, three adorable children and a grandbaby. She is an experienced paralegal which has provided her with exposure to many areas of law, and she feels it is important to continually increase her knowledge, not only in the legal field, but also in other areas that will enhance her ability to serve clients. .
Nieves Negrete has advocated for clients in various areas of law: immigration, worker, immigrant and women’s rights, discrimination and now, family law. She is always looking to expand her knowledge in the area of law but, more importantly, on how to assist our clients deal with the emotional and difficult issues they are experiencing. She fervently believes that family is what really matters and she strives to help the parties remain amicable at the end of a trying event in their lives.
She is a past board member of the Access to Justice Board and several non-profit organizations. She is the very proud mother of two sons, Charles and Timothy. She enjoys spending time with her sons, friends, reading and enjoying life.
Samantha was born and raised in Yakima, Washington. She graduated from Eisenhower High School in 2013 and entered the legal field as a paralegal in 2016.
Over the years as a paralegal, she has gained experience in family law, criminal law, estate and probate cases and has assisted with Will preparation.
She is involved in the community and participates in any volunteering event that she can when she is not at the office.
Ailyne Mendoza is a paralegal in both Family Law & Criminal Law. She was born and raised in Yakima, Washington. She graduated from Davis High School and went on to graduate from Yakima Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She first pursued an interest in Law by working at the Yakima County Family Court office as an Office Specialist. It was there that she discovered her passion for family law and access to justice.
Ailyne uses her considerable multitasking skills and customer service experience to help families in transition by providing detailed support to the attorneys and her clients. She enjoys helping each one of her clients by understanding their individual needs. She likes to listen to them and have compassion and understanding during, what can be, a very difficult time in their lives. Her duties include keeping close contact with her clients and making sure they receive the best service. Ailyne assists her clients by providing regular contact and updates, managing the discovery process, maintaining deadlines, drafting pleadings and letters. She also maintains all documents and the client case file, and is integral in preparing for mediations, hearing and trials
Sonia Guillen is the receptionist and administrative assistant at Yakima Law, PLLC since September, 2020. She was born and raised in Yakima , Washington where she attended Davis high school. As a valued member of our team, she is in charge of making sure that everything at the office runs smoothly, from phones to billing. On her off time she enjoys spending time with her daughter and her family. She enjoys traveling and spending time in the mountains.