ATTORNEY AT LAW
- Family Law
- Civil Litigation
- Estate planning
I am a Military brat. My father was a Submarine sailor, so I grew up all over America. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. I went to high school in San Diego, California. I dreamed of being a lawyer for as long as I can remember. My mom used to say that I told people that I going to be a lawyer before I was even old enough to know what one was. I joined the United States Navy at eighteen. I am proud to have served my country for 10 years on active duty as an Electricians Mate (EM1). I started out as a deck hand on a tugboat. After that I became part of the first group of enlisted women to be assigned to sea duty and served aboard the USS Puget Sound (AD 38) and the USS Acadia (AD 42). My time in the military taught me many things including how to fight hard and not give up. I am now a Service-Connected Disabled American Veteran, a member of the local Veterans of Foreign War, and a member of the American Legion. I understand the long hours and the even longer separations that military families suffer through as well as the hardships involved with moving all the time. I know the ins and outs of military pay and benefits, including Military retirement, VA disability compensation; health insurance and other programs. My military experience makes me uniquely qualified to work for military families.
After the military I attended college at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. I continued my education at The University of Puget Sound School of Law, which is now the Seattle University School of Law, in Seattle Washington, where I earned my Juris Doctorate. During law school, I served as the Vice President of the School chapter of the American Bar Association and as the President of the School’s Veteran’s Association. I came to the practice of law much later in life than most. I think that gives me a distinct advantage over the average lawyer. I have a great deal of life experience to draw upon when working with clients. As anyone that has been in the military and those that have struggled with a disability knows, these things change your perspective on the world and life in general.
I was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1994. During the time I worked in Washington State I served as a Washington State Prosecutor in Eastern Washington and then later entered private practice in the greater Seattle area. I also served as the City Attorney for several small cities in the area. During my time in Washington I served on the Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyers Association, a group dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured. I was also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court in the Western District of Washington.
Although I still think of Southern California as the place I grew up, I spent much of my military life in Florida and fell in love with the warm weather, the beautiful beaches and the welcome of southern hospitality. I vacationed with family on the panhandle over the years and finally in 2007, I was admitted to the Florida Bar and moved my family to the Florida panhandle. This is where I have chosen to raise my daughter. I am a single mom with a beautiful teenage daughter. I know personally the struggles involved with divorce, timesharing and even relocation. This means I can help clients with this transition, because I know some of what they are going through.
Although I’m told I can never truly be a southern girl, I have wholeheartedly embraced the southern life. My daughter is a true southerner. Since coming back to Florida, I have been learning to surf, paddleboard and kayak. Tough sports at my age but I am having fun. My daughter and I both are working toward our black belts. It looks pretty clear that she will get hers first. We also spend a great deal of time camping, biking and doing anything outdoors.
Since coming to Florida, I have worked in the private sector as well as for the Florida Department of Revenue, as the Child Support Enforcement Attorney, and for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Both of those jobs gave me a unique look into the systems that protect and support the children of our State. I understand better than most the intricacies of the child support system and can help my clients when dealing with this complicated system. That experience is important when you are facing years with a financial obligation. My job is to make sure that the amounts are calculated properly. Working for DCF has given me a strong understanding of a very complex system that can have long reaching effects on the lives of parents, children and even grandparents. When the state steps into your life and asserts authority over your family, it can be a difficult situation. Having someone on your side that understands the system is a necessity.
As a divorced mom. I understand that divorce and child custody situations are some of the most stressful things people will have to deal with in their lifetimes. The average person never deals with lawyers until they are experiencing family legal issues. I understand that people do not want to go through the legal process and expose their lives and their families to the system. I believe as an attorney it is my job to guide you and protect you through this process. I know how hard it can be. That is why I am dedicated to helping individuals work through this difficult and frequently complicated process with dignity. I will be there to walk with you through this process step by step. There will be many difficult decisions that you will need to make about your life and the lives of your family. You need information to make all those choices. I will assist you in getting that information.
I am proud and excited to be trained in Collaborative Law. This is a way of resolving Divorces in a kinder gentler fashion. While it is not a new system it is relatively new to the Panhandle. The idea is that rather than litigating your family issues, we put together a team of people that can help develop a plan to peacefully dissolve your marriage. A plan that helps you move forward in life and does what is best for each member of the family. After all, once you are divorced you will still be family, just in a new format. You will still have graduations, weddings and baby showers to attend. A Collaborative Divorce allows you to move forward amicably and quickly.
I work on a premise that helping children and families builds a better, stronger community. I live where I work and the honor and integrity, I bring to my job translates into a better community for my family as well as yours. For me this isn’t just a job it is my life’s work. I bring many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to my practice.
- Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
- Juris Doctor - 1997
- University of Houston
- B.S. - 1994
- Major: Legal Studies
- Law Offices of Thomas L. Dickson, Associate Attorney, 1999 to 2001
- City of Auburn, Legal Department, City Prosecutor, 1998 to 1999
- Adams County Prosecutor, Criminal and Civil, Deputy Prosecutor, 1997 – 1998
- Thurston County Prosecutor - Civil Division, Rule nine Intern, 1997 to 1997
- Washington Attorney General, Department of Ecology, Externship, 1996 to 1996
- Washington Department of Ecology, Research and Development, 1996 to 1996
- Law Office of William K. Wilder, Legal Assistant, 1991 to 1992
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Journeyman Electrician, 1988 to 1991
- United States Navy, E-6 Electrician's Mates 1st Class, 1979 to 1988
- Attorney, Reed Law P.A., 2013 – 2015
- Attorney/Owner, Hadley Law. P.A., 2012 – 2014
- Attorney, Hadley Brown PLLC; BDA – Jerrilynn Hadley PLLC, 2007 – 2012
- Attorney, Law Offices of Jerrilynn Hadley, 2001 – 2007
- Legal Intern, County Prosecutor Office, 1996 – 1996
- Legal Intern, State Attorney General Office, 1995 – 1995
- WSBA Civil Rights Commission
- WSTLA Eagle Member, Secretary, Board of Governors
- City of Renton, Planning Commissioner
- City of Renton Historical Society, Board of Trustees
- VFW, Member, 2010 - Present
- Seattle University School of Law, Veteran’s Association, Member, 1994 - 1997
- American Legion, Member, 2010 - Present
- Florida, 2007
- Washington, 1997