Larry A. Jones
Christine Ibrahim
Jeanette Stengel

Larry A. Jones

Christine Ibrahim

Jeanette Stengel

Larry Jones is the founder of the firm. He retired in July of 2013, and is currently "of counsel," meaning that he provides occasional advice to the firm. Larry became a lawyer because his daughter Wendy had severe intellectual disabilities. For a quarter century, he has used the Americans with Disabilities Act and its predecessor statute to promote the integration and equal treatment of people with severe disabilities in our society. In 1984 his efforts on behalf of persons with intellectual disabilities were recognized when he was chosen national Volunteer of the Year by The Arc of the United States. Larry has a Ph.D. in Ethics and Society from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (1975) and a J.D. from the University of Washington (1989).

Christy Thompson Ibrahim, the owner of the firm, has been an attorney at the firm since 1998. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Washington School of Law. She had a brother with Down Syndrome, and her mother, Margaret-Lee Thompson, started the King County Parent Coalition. She has taught Disability Law at the UW Law school for over 10 years. She is the editor or co-editor of three disability law textbooks. She recently completed a term on the board of the Arc of Washington, and she was inducted in to the Public Interest Law Association's Hall of Fame at the UW Law school. Christy's favorite part of her practice is meeting with clients and their families. Christy gives presentations on guardianship, special needs trusts, special needs planning, and special education; please contact us if you would like her to speak to your group.

Jeanette Stengel has worked as a paralegal at our firm since 2006. She holds a BA in Human Development from Washington State University. She has worked as a respite care provider for children with developmental delays and as an attendant care provider for adults with cerebral palsy. She has volunteered at Camp Parkview, and is a current volunteer at Orion Center. Jeanette loves interacting with clients and easing their worries. She enjoys being a bridge between our clients and the court.

Melanie Shaffer
Shawna Julia
Beverley Sweet

Melanie Shaffer

Shawna Julia

Bev Sweet

Melanie received a B.A. in Philosophy (summa cum laude) from Santa Clara University in 1998. She obtained her J.D. (summa cum laude) from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2006. She is a member of the Order of the Coif. A law school course sparked Melanie’s interest in disability law. After internships in disability law, Melanie joined our firm as an Associate Attorney in 2009.

Shawna has been a legal assistant at the firm since 2007. She frequently works with families while they are preparing periodic guardianship reports. She is a Washington native, a compassionate listener, and talented baker and cook. She brings her warm caring nature, humor, and strong work ethic to the office.

Bev Sweet has advocated on behalf of people with disabilities for over 25 years; her son with special needs taught her the importance of belonging. She has worked for The Arc of King County as Parent to Parent Coordinator and the Family/Educator Partnership Project through the Washington State Arc. Her past volunteer work included Lake Washington Special Needs Committee Chair and two-time winner of the Golden Acorn award for her advocacy on behalf of students receiving special education services.