Monica Rands-Preuss is licensed both in California and Washington. She has been practicing family law since 1994. Born and raised in Seattle, Monica and her family recently relocated to Washington where Monica launched her own solo law and mediation firm in 2017 prior to joining the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny.
While working full time, Monica received her Juris Doctorate from New College of California School of Law in San Francisco, nka John F. Kennedy Law School. She was in private practice for several years in the Bay Area and then went to work for the trial courts where she held a number of positions. From 2000 - 2010 she managed the Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution program and was a mediator for contested property, support, and financial cases. In later years she was the Senior Managing Attorney of the Superior Court for San Mateo County, where she oversaw the Division that included ADR, Legal Research Attorneys, Self-Help Services, Probate Court Investigations, Family Court Facilitators and Family Court Services Mediation.
During her tenure, she trained and supervised new attorneys and staff, drafted local rules of court, and created policies and procedures. Monica implemented partnerships between the local bar, legal service providers and the courts to create many legal clinics and worked with a local software company to pilot an online dispute resolution platform. Past speaking engagements include the Bay Area Mediation Society, Silicon Valley ODR conference, and UC Hastings Dispute Resolution Design course. After becoming licensed in Washington, Monica volunteered with the King County Bar Association Family Law Pro Bono Program and spent a year working with refugee youth at Tukwila’s Foster High School.
Monica has years of experience working with families in transition. She has litigated cases in private practice as well as worked inside of the court system. Monica understands that most people prefer to keep their disputes private, desire an efficient resolution process, and want to minimize the impact of the separation and divorce on their children. She believes that since all families are unique, their solutions should be too. Monica is excited to be back in her hometown practicing family law where she brings the full array of her background and experience towards assisting her clients with skill, sound advice, and creative solutions.