Cynthia has successfully represented clients with complex financial issues as well as those with few or no assets, clients with and without children, and clients in litigation (from intake to trial and appeal) and in collaborative practice. After over 20 years practicing family law, she is convinced that the collaborative approach is the only way to represent her domestic clients, thereby ensuring that the family’s dignity is preserved and the new, transitioned family is healthy and in tact. Ms. First currently serves as Vice President of the Executive Board for King County Collaborative Law. She has also been a state-wide elected member of the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee, is a long-time member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the King County Bar Association Family Law and Collaborative Law practice groups, and the Snohomish County Bar Association Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Groups. She speaks on the issues of collaborative law with some regularity, and recently started Port Gardner Law Group to serve families in transition with collaborative, cooperative and creative problem solving services.