The Burke Law Group, PLLC
Old City Hall Building
221 N. Wall St., Suite 624
Spokane, WA 99201

Main Office: (509) 466-7770
Collaborative Law: (509) 999-6747


Patty Grossman represents landlords in various actions, including virtually all types of landlord/tenants actions. Landlord/tenant disputes in Washington are normally governed by the Washington Residential Landlord/Tenant Act, known as WRLTA. Tenants renting only the space in a mobile home park are covered by the Mobile Home Landlord/Tenant Act. In either event, the Act(s) provide specific duties for both landlords and tenants, specific remedies if the duties are not carried out by either or both of the parties to a lease agreement, and procedures to be strictly followed when pursuing a court action to enforce the terms and conditions in a lease agreement. There are specific defenses that a tenant must raise in the course of litigation that are addressed in the landlord/tenant statutes. It is the familiarity with those statutes and attention to the detail exacted by the WRLTA that sets Patty apart from others who may represent landlords and/or tenants.

When representing landlords in the eviction process, Patty strictly scrutinizes the Three Day Notice, the Summons and Complaint, and the Order to Show Cause as well as the Writ of Restitution for legal defects. Such a defect might lead to a defense to legal action brought by the landlord under a lease agreement to evict the tenant for non-payment of rent. Patty will search for possible defenses to the action, asking questions about the condition of the premises, whether rent was offered by the tenant, whether discrimination or harassment is a possible defense, and other questions which may lead to the case being dismissed by the court. These defenses are a concern for the landlord; the landlord will want to raise the defenses or at least prepare the proper response for court. Patty will also consider if an initial checklist was provided at the inception of the lease, whether there is a security deposit, and if there are questions regarding personal property retention, and other issues that may arise during the course of a landlord/tenant dispute. In those cases pertaining to mobile home owners and lease of the park space by the owner, Patty will use the relevant law with attention to the varying time elements contained in the statutes.

In some cases there may be room for negotiation. If that is the case, Patty will take into consideration what is reasonable for all parties to the action: can the tenant realistically remain on the premises; are there alternatives to eviction that are workable for both parties; and what remedies might the landlord have if the tenant has no assets with which to satisfy an award by the court of money for damages or unpaid rent?

For over 35 years, Patty has been involved with landlord/tenant law in various capacities: as an attorney on a housing justice project; as a private counsel representing parties to an appellant case involving salient issues affecting landlord/tenant law; as an editor for the landlord/tenant chapters contained in a real estate publication; and, from a personal point of view, as both a landlord and a tenant.

Meet Our Attorneys

Dena Allen

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, Adoptions, Estate Planning, and Probate

John Burke

Of Counsel, practicing in Collaborative Law for Divorce, Uncontested Divorce and Estate Planning. On medical leave.

Matthew Fischer

Principal / Managing Member of the Firm, practicing in all areas of Family Law Litigation, Divorce and Uncontested Divorce. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Cathy Helman

Associate Attorney, practicing in Appeals, Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Bankruptcy. Also is an Administrative Law Judge Pro Tem with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Joseph Linehan

Of Counsel, practicing in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) appeals, Family Law Litigation, Divorce, and Dependency. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Robin Schmahl

Senior Associate Attorney, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Uncontested Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship

Rhylee Smith

Associate Attorney, admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, practicing in all aspects of Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support, and Modifications to Existing Orders

Kenneth Zigler, Jr.

Of Counsel, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Divorce, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and SSI benefits, and Lawsuits and Disputes including Personal Injury

Joanna Stranger

Rule 9 Intern, practicing in Family Law and Divorce