The Elder Law Group Story
We believe that no one is more deserving of dependable and compassionate support than our seniors.
Our team at Elder Law Group PLLC has experienced first-hand the unique challenges that come with providing care and guidance for aging parents. Our personal stories provide us with a unique perspective on the difficulties people must face during the long illness of a family member or the passing of a loved one. This understanding drives our team to provide excellent care for clients planning for and dealing with these same difficulties.
At Elder Law Group PLLC we share a desire to make a real difference in the lives of those with whom we work. Our entire team is here to make Elder Law, Estate Planning, Long-Term Care and other important issues as stress-free as possible. We look forward to working with you soon. We have two offices in Eastern Washington: one in Spokane and one in the Tri-Cities.
At Elder Law Group PLLC we believe in delivering superior legal service in a comfortable atmosphere. To that end we are proud to provide the skills and knowledge of a caring and dedicated office team.
Annie Franken - Office Administrator
Annie joined our firm in 2015. Although this is Annie’s first experience in working with an Elder Law practice, she came to the firm with significant professional experience in office administration and organization. As such, Annie keeps the office functions flowing smoothly to enable other Team Members to focus on our client care. She serves as personal assistant to our founding partner, Lynn St. Louis. Annie manages human resources and accounting, coordinates marketing and events, and directs our vendor relationships.
Away from Elder Law Group PLLC, Annie loves spending time with her husband, Fred, tiny daughters Ella, Vera, and Margot and their large extended family. Annie and Fred love to cook together and are remodeling a vintage home.
Sheryl Owens - Legal Administrator
Sheryl joined the firm in 2015. She has many years of experience in Long-Term Care with the last five years dedicated exclusively to Elder Law.
With her emphasis and knowledge in Estate Planning and Medicaid planning, she brings the required resources to Elder Law Group PLLC. She loves working with family members and elder law clients to help them achieve their goals and give them peace of mind. Her background also includes comprehensive knowledge of Medicare and Long-Term Care planning.
When not helping clients she enjoys cooking, which includes taking cooking classes, reading and walking along the Centennial Trail and through her neighborhood. She has two sons, Ryan and Tyler. They are the glue to her family and she loves spending time with them.
Marissa Davison - Paralegal
Marissa joined our firm in 2012 and has worked in the legal field the majority of her career. Although Marissa lives in the Tri-Cities, she helps with the Paralegal needs at both office locations and is highly capable and qualified. She enjoys interacting with our clients and providing the “Southern hospitality” that comes naturally to her.
Prior to joining Elder Law Group PLLC, Marissa’s Paralegal skills were honed in Walla Walla, working with the Senior Partner of another firm who focused on Estate Planning, real estate, and corporate law. Marissa also has experience in a variety of other areas of law, but she definitely prefers the kinder, gentler aspects of our elder law practice. She believes that elder law is an area where we truly do make a difference in our clients’ lives and is constantly humbled by the peace of mind our services provide our clients.
When Marissa is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their pets. She loves cooking/baking, gardening and spending time in the great outdoors.
John Gunn - Paralegal
John joined our firm in 2017. His career in the legal field began as a teenager working in his father’s law firm. He has experience in a variety of areas, including tax, corporate, business transactions/litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, and over 10 years of estate planning and probate. After decades working in the legal field, and after the passing of both his parents from long bouts with cancer, he came to the conclusion that helping people with their estate planning gives him the greatest satisfaction, as it provides a service he believes is essential for everyone’s peace of mind. As a paralegal, he assists our attorneys with the preparation of our clients’ Asset Protection Estate Planning documents and meets with our client's and answers all their questions at their document signing session.
John is married to Isabelle (28 years) and has two grown sons. His eldest is a civil engineer in Seattle, and his youngest is a senior in college at his father’s alma mater, studying chemistry and theater. He has no grandchildren yet, so instead, he spoils his cat terribly. He enjoys spending time with his wife, reading fantasy, playing strategy computer games, driving and racing his three cars, and riding his three motorcycles.
Eva Hines - Legal Assistant
Eva joined the firm in 2015 as our Receptionist and became our team’s Legal Assistant in 2016. Eva has gained in-depth knowledge and skills in a wide variety of legal tasks and administrative duties, providing assistance to our legal team and clients.
Away from the office Eva enjoys hiking, being outdoors, reading, and caring for her pets. She also loves spending time with her family, friends, and longtime boyfriend, Brett.
Rochelle Cusick - Legal Assistant
Rochelle joined the firm in 2016. Rochelle has a background in auditing administration and is providing assistance with legal tasks and administrative duties. She has deep roots in Spokane and a love for the Pacific Northwest. Rochelle is dedicated to providing support to our legal team and our clients.
When Rochelle is not working, she enjoys kayaking, camping and having adventures with her family and friends.
Jen Johnston - Client Services Director
Jen joined the firm in 2016 as our Client Engagement Specialist. Jen brings to the firm varied administrative experiences in both operations and sales through her participation at a retirement community, and work in the legal field. Jen’s previous involvement with the elderly and their family members showed her how emotional and challenging it can be to determine how to pay for retirement and Long-Term Care. Assisting families in navigating those difficulties became a passion for Jen, and she is very excited for the opportunity to work with and get to know our clients of Elder Law Group, and their families.
Outside of the office, Jen loves spending time with her husband, Matt, and her two grown children, Cody and Jordyn. She also has a granddaughter, Alexia, and 2 dogs that keep her busy. Her interests are cooking (the more difficult the recipe, the better!), reading, hiking, white water kayaking and yoga.
Terry Fehling - Receptionist
Terry joined our firm in 2016. She comes to us with over eight years of experience as a Legal Receptionist. Terry brings all of her skills together as an essential part of the firm’s office operations. Terry’s warmth and professionalism are a welcome greeting to our clients.
Terry loves to cook and bake. She is also quite the crafter. Terry is a pet lover and makes time to pet-sit for her family and friends whenever possible. Of course, our canine team members, Piper and Willie, benefit from her tender care. Terry has two children and recently welcomed her first grandchild to her family.
Piper - Canine Companion
Piper joined the firm in July of 2014. He is an exuberant Yellow Labrador Retriever.
Piper, like most Labrador Retrievers, loves everyone he meets and is happy to say “hello” to our clients who don’t mind his wet nose.
Piper is unique in some ways. For one thing, he used to be an indiscriminate eater. As a result, in 2015 he had two surgeries – one to remove a big rock, and a second one to remove a couple of brass fittings. Fortunately, we think he has outgrown these tendencies!
Willie - Canine Companion
Willie joined the firm in October of 2016. He is a rambunctious Chocolate Labrador Retriever.
Willie is a high-spirited character that brings a playfulness to the office. He loves spending time outside and can be seen taking staff members for a walk with the leash dangling from his mouth. Despite his mischievous ways, Willie is very entertaining and a valued part of the Elder Law Group team.