Sarah WixsonPresident
Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore

Sarah Wixson has been practicing law in the Yakima Valley for the last twenty-two years. Her practice focuses on agricultural employment law providing
farmers practical advice, and finding collaborative solutions to keep them out of trouble. When it’s too late to keep them out of trouble, she defends their interests in court. A small portion of her practice is devoted to investigations.
Sarah is from Texas, which explains a lot and is a nice way of saying, “she’s a little bit crazy.” She attended Texas A&M University and the University of Idaho College of Law. She clerked for United States District Judge Lonny Suko. She is a partner at Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore and Shore. She and her husband have three children, two dogs, and a high tolerance for chaos.

Jeffrey Schaap
Jeffrey SchaapVice President
City of Yakima Legal Department

Jeff first came to Yakima in March 2010 when he joined the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the District Court Unit. In 2011 he joined the City of Yakima Legal Department where he is currently serving in his second stint as an Assistant City Attorney in the Prosecution Division. He also previously served as the City Prosecutor for the City of Zillah. Outside of Yakima, Jeff previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Chehalis and as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the cities of Issaquah, Newcastle, Sammamish, and Snoqualmie.

Jeff is a 2009 graduate of Seattle University School of Law; he completed his undergraduate degree in 2005 at the University of Washington. Outside of work Jeff enjoys attempting to garden, local art, and sports. His favorite time of the year is fall—the season of Husky football.

Cassandra PenaSecretary
Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore & Shore

Cassandra Peña has been in Yakima Valley since 2017. She practices business and real estate law with a focus on providing legal services to those in the agricultural industry.
Cassandra is from Tempe, Arizona, and she when to Arizona State University for her undergraduate degree. She moved to Seattle in 2014 where she received her MBA and law degree from Seattle University. Cassandra is an associate at Stokes Lawrence Velikanje Moore and Shore. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and horseback riding.

Matthew KaminskiTreasurer
Kaminski Barnes Yakima Law PLLC

Born and raised in South Florida, Matthew Kaminski received a degree in History from the University of Florida in 2006. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Florida A&M College of Law in 2009.

Matthew Kaminski began his practice in Florida in 2009, working at a real estate litigation firm It was during his two years in practice at this firm where he met his wife, Kim. In 2011, after his wife had accepted a director position in Seattle, Matthew Kaminski relocated to the Pacific Northwest and was admitted to the Washington State Bar that same year and opened a solo practice in downtown Seattle. Mr. Kaminski moved to Yakima to assist Ashby Law with their Yakima branch.

In 2019, Mr. Kaminski founded Yakima Law, PLLC with Brooke Barnes expanding the practice from family law to include criminal defense. Matthew Kaminski is also the president of the Yakima Volunteer Attorney Services Board.

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