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Member Spotlight: Megaen Paladin Childress

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“Personally, I’m affected most by situations that either prohibit or discourage a person from pursuing what they want or need. The clearest examples of these are seen in the minority populations, whether that be classified by gender, race, sexuality, etc.”

Megaen Paladin Childress is a true Northwest Native. She grew up here in Spokane, and lived in Seattle while attending college before coming back home to pursue a law degree.

Her family, many of whom live here in Spokane, is one of the great passions in Megaen’s life. Without them, she says, she wouldn’t have balance in either her personal or professional life. “I credit my family for giving me my resourcefulness, compassion, and sense of humor; all of which have helped me in my particular area of law.”

Megaen’s immediate family includes her husband, daughter, and stepdaughter. “Like most new mothers, my passion is my family; and like most business owners, my passion is also my practice and my clients.”

Overall, Megaen’s passions have developed from a love of taking care of other people. Megaen recalls that while growing up, her various sports teams counted on her to do whatever it took to win the game. “I bring a similar dependability to my family and clients. It is no surprise to find me shoveling an elderly client’s driveway after our meeting, or helping to find non-legal assistance for matters I cannot help with.”

Specifically, Paladin Childress Law Offices focus on estate planning and elder law—wills, trusts, Medicaid applications, etc.—as well as business transactions—business entity formation, contracts, consulting, etc.

During her undergraduate studies, Megaen worked typical college jobs- waitressing and bartending, but quickly developing a knack for managerial and accounting sides of the business.  Between law school and her expereice running businesses, it was easy to take the leap into solo practice.

“Going out on your own is scary, and some days I was sure it was a huge mistake, and others I was equally sure that I would be a great success!” For the days when she feels overwhelmed,  Megaen calls on her skills from her serving and bartending days to remind herself that she’s “always found a way to make things work.” Megaen has now been liscenced to practice law since 2013 and has law experience back to 2008.

– Business with INBA –

For the past several years, and especially since law school, Megaen has been particularly interested in the LGBT population as an area of focus. As a law student, she was very active with the Gay-Straight Alliance and QLAW (Washington’s GLBT bar association).

“I think any local citizen is affected by [social, economic, environmental, and political] issues whether they realize it or not. Personally, I’m affected most by situations that either prohibit or discourage a person from pursuing what they want or need. The clearest examples of these are seen in the minority populations, whether that be classified by gender, race, sexuality, etc.  I don’t think I need to specifically list out those situations, as I’m sure anyone reading this can identify at least one scenario where they or someone they know felt discouraged or were not afforded something others were entitled to have.”

First and foremost, Megaen says, is advocating for her client at all times, avoiding any conflicts of interest, and maintaining the standards of professionalism that are expected of her both by her own standards and by virtue of her membership of the Washington bar and our Rules of Professional Conduct.

Over the next year, she plans to continue the growth of her practice and becoming a local resource for providing readily available basic legal information. Megaen’s overall long term goal is striving for that  coveted balance between personal and professional life so I can continue to provide all the passion and dependability that she has to offer.

 

MaryCliff Financial Center – 819 W. 7th
Spokane, WA 99204

(509) 624-4107 ( Main )
(509) 327-1181 (  Fax )

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Megaen Paladin Childress

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