Lincoln’s journey to becoming a lawyer is one that includes an admiral persistence and devotion to seeing through the completion of his dreams. A problem solver who understands the power and influence of words, Lincoln was drawn to the legal field because of the tools that it requires for success: an ability to read, reason, write, speak, and perhaps most of all, a desire to help others.
Born in Salem, Oregon, Lincoln called many places home while growing up: Seaside, Oregon, Boise, Idaho, and Colfax, California. After attending UC Davis as an English major, Lincoln started his first day of law school the day before his second child was born. In Lincoln’s words, “It was a busy time, but [my wife and I] were young and full of energy.”
After receiving the news of having passed the California bar exam—a day that he says will forever be special in his mind—Lincoln went on to work for a business and tax lawyer, where he did extensive research on Indian Gaming tax issues. Motivated to follow his dream of starting his own business, Lincoln moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he opened his firm in 2004 and focused on taking in Modest Means family law clients.
Today, as a practicing family law attorney for Pacific Cascade Family Law, Lincoln brings with him a unique ability to help families weather disputes, bring to light all sides of a family’s story, and to work as a neutral but dedicated decision-maker so that equity is achieved. Additionally, having seen how family law disputes can impact the well-being of children involved, Lincoln says: “Children, in the middle, so often get injured. Practicing in Family Law is so much about saving the children.”
When asked who he admires, Lincoln references Sir Thomas More, a fifteen-century chancellor of England who believed in the rule of law as a fundamental stabilizing factor of society. Lincoln says, “To me, he represents a vision of a life well-lived. He chose to live his life without sacrificing his principles; he did not give in to some else’s demands, and he was ultimately executed for it. All he had to do was bend, but he refused. It makes one stop and think.”
Outside of the office, Lincoln enjoys traveling and hiking with his family, or taking advantage of a quiet moment to read. Since a teenager, he has grown and baked his own sourdough bread and pancakes, and enjoys the opportunity to play, study and watch professional chess, play piano, or practice computer programming. Asked what his perfect Saturday might look like, Lincoln paints the picture of an early morning with a hot cup of coffee and a book, followed by a hike, some steaks on the grill, and a dinner enjoyed outside with his family and a glass of wine in hand.
Bar Associations and Committees
- Clark County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- UC Davis, English Major, BA
- University of the Pacific & McGeorge School of Law, JD