Oliver O. Farza was born in Dallas, Texas. He attended the Rutgers University-Newark Honors College in New Jersey, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors, receiving a B.A. in Media and Communications Studies.
While in college, Mr. Farza worked at Cable News Network (CNN) as a television news assistant and at a New York City law firm where he was a legal assistant working on immigration matters.
After college, Mr. Farza worked as a journalist in the New York City metropolitan area and later went on to work in the banking industry until he attended and graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
While at Lewis & Clark Law School, Mr. Farza received the distinguished honor of Outstanding Legal Advocate from the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic.
As a Certified Law Student Intern in Clinic, Mr. Farza practiced Family Law, Landlord-Tenant Law, and Bankruptcy under the supervision of exceptional and inspirational Lewis & Clark Law School professors and support staff.
Mr. Farza was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2011. He is also admitted to practice in Federal Court. Currently, he works in Seattle's Pioneer Square and practices Family Law, Bankruptcy, and Business Litigation. Mr. Farza is a seasoned litigator having Federal Jury Trial and extensive Superior Court Trial as well as Motion Practice experience. He is a genuine advocate for justice and equity.
Erica L. Matson was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific
Northwest. She left Washington State to attend Oberlin College in Ohio (where
they definitely have all four seasons, every year, mostly in order). Erica
graduated with a B.A. in Law and Society and a minor in politics. She spent the
following year teaching English in China, traveling, and doing her best to
learn Chinese (Mandarin/普通话).
Erica attended the University of Michigan for a dual degree
(J.D./M.A) in law and Chinese Studies. While in law school, Erica completed
clinical studies at the low-income Child Advocacy Clinic, the Human Trafficking
Clinic, and the Mediation Clinic.
After graduating from law school in 2013, Erica worked with
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) helping detained clients at the
Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma with applications for T-Visas (for
survivors of human trafficking), U-Visas (for survivors of other crimes), and
cancelation of removal actions for Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).
Erica subsequently moved to Alaska to serve as a law clerk
for the Anchorage State District Court Judges, where she worked with several
different judges to research issues and draft orders. While in Anchorage, Erica
also ran the Small Claims Mediation Program, promoting more lasting, efficient,
and cost-effective resolutions to disputes while avoiding the expense and
uncertainty of litigation. In this capacity, Erica organized volunteer
mediators and mediated over a dozen cases personally, of which all but one case
resulted in a mutually agreeable resolution.
After Anchorage, Erica moved to Fairbanks – land of Moose
and Northern Lights – to clerk for a superior court judge. She survived the
winter, acquired a set of cross-country skis, and supported her judge by
researching and drafting orders for cases ranging from domestic relations
issues to complex civil litigation claims. Erica’s experiences as a law clerk
brought her into contact with over a dozen different judges at the district
court and superior court level and provided her with behind-the-bench insight
into how judges make their decisions.
Erica returned to the Seattle area in the fall of 2016 and
has been focusing her practice on family law, housing rights / landlord-tenant,
ever since. Erica got her start in
family law working with survivors of domestic violence and has represented
clients on a wide range of family law issues in King, Pierce, Snohomish,
Kitsap, and Whatcom counties. Erica also volunteers with the Seattle Housing
Justice Project, and with the Family Law Facilitator’s program in Kent.