Carrie M. Coppinger Carter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Bellingham, WA

Coppinger Carter P.S.
100 Central Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-676-7545
Fax: 360-306-8369
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004, 2006
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%), Employment & Labor: Employee (10%), Insurance Coverage (10%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
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An attorney at Coppinger Carter, P.S., Carrie M. Coppinger Carter represents clients throughout Western Washington serving mostly Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish and King Counties, with her primary office in Bellingham and satellite offices in both Bellevue and Everson. She empowers clients and their families who've been severely injured by other's negligence whether from collisions, injury incidents, wrongful death or malpractice and the associated insurance disputes, as well as empowering employees who are adversely affected by wrongful employment actions including wage and hour disputes, sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful terminations.  Passionate about empowering her clients, her practice focus includes litigation in both state and federal courts, as well as mediation, arbitrations and administrative complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Human Rights Commission.

Ms. Carter attended the University of Washington, where she graduated with a double Bachelor of Arts in Society and Justice with honors, and English with a writing emphasis. At Seattle University School of Law, she then earned her Juris Doctorate in 1998. She is now admitted to practice in the state of Washington and before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, the Washington State Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the Nooksack Tribal Court and the Lummi Tribal Court for the Lummi Nation.

In 2005, the Washington State Bar Association named her a Fellow of the Inaugural Leadership Institute, and Legal Assistance of Whatcom gave her the Volunteer Lawyer Award in 2009. Ms. Carter is often asked to speak on topics related to litigation, personal injury, insurance, and employment law for organizations such as the Washington State Association for Justice and the Washington State Bar Association.

Within the Washington State Bar Association, Ms. Carter served on the Litigation Section Board and has previously served on the Editorial Advisory Board, the Professionalism Committee and the Disciplinary Board. She is also a member of the Whatcom County Bar Association and Washington Women Lawyers.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent


1 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2004, 2006

About Carrie M. Coppinger Carter

Admitted: 1999, Washington

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Coach, Nooksack Valley Teen Court Team, Whatcom County Teen Court Program and participation at Regional Conference on Juvenile Justice, 2000-2002
  • Executive Board Member and Chair of Advancing Solutions to Adolescent Pregnancy (A.S.A.P.), 1996-2000
  • Volunteer Lawyer and Contributor, Legal Advocates of Whatcom County, Street Law and Law Day, 2002 to present
  • Coordinator, YWCA Back to Work Clothing Drive, Whatcom Women Lawyers, 2005-08
  • Mentor for law students from University of Washington and Seattle University, 2005-08
  • Auction Sponsor/donor, volunteer parent for field trips and classroom, St. Paul’s Academy, 2008-2013
  • Board Member and pro bono legal work, Shalom Center Campus Outreach at Western Washington University, 2006-09
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church: Deacon 2006-2009, Sunday School Teacher for Pre-K/K 2006-2010 and Ministerial Advisory Board Member, 2005 – 2009
  • Participating Sponsor, Down’s Syndrome Outreach of Whatcom County/ARC of Whatcom County, Buddy Walk, Smiles of Life Calendar, Sprout Film Festival, 2010 – present
  • Volunteer Parent, Nooksack Valley School District, 2014 – present
  • Sponsor and Volunteer, Rascal Rodeo at NW Washington Fair, 2014 – present
  • Team Member for DivorceCare, North County Christ the King Church, 2014 – present
  • Coach, Boy’s Basketball Teams for Boys and Girls Club League, 3-8th grades, 2014-present
  • Seattle University School of Law, Summer Semester in comparative legal studies in constitutional/charter, criminal and commercial law at University of British Columbia & Southwestern University, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 1996
  • Member, Order of Barristers, 1997-98
  • Corporate Sponsor and Volunteer for Rascal Rodeo at NW Washington Fair allowing those with disabilities to participate in modified rodeo activities and attend the Fair for free

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, “Controlling The Flow Of Information: When Should Releases Be Signed Or Resisted”, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Speaker, “ The Pitfalls of Foreign Service under the Hague Convention & Tolling Washington’s Statute of Limitations”, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Whistler, B.C., 2001
  • Speaker, “Strategies For Multiple Plaintiffs And Multiple Defendants In Indivisible Claims”, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Research Assistant to Professor Janet Ainsworth, 1995-97, researched and located authority relating to women and political asylum issue, Seattle University School of Law
  • Speaker, “Maximizing Damages In A Soft Tissue Injury Case”, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, March 2005
  • Speaker and Panel Member, Voir Dire, Whatcom County Bar Association, May 2005
  • Panel Moderator, Federal Practice CLE sponsored by Federal Bar Association of the Western District, “Bankruptcy Reform, the Class Action Fairness Act, & the Schiavo Legislation: Where is Congress taking federal jurisdiction and practice?”, December 2005
  • Speaker, “Born to Run: What To Do When It’s Not Working – Tools For Transition: The Ethics Of Taking Clients With You”, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Women of WSTLA and Seattle University, September 2006
  • Speaker, “The Unimpeachable Witness”, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Speaker, “A Mountain Guide to the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, RCW 48.30.015”, Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, March 2008
  • Speaker, “The Paperless Office – Is It Possible?”, The Cost Effective Small Office, Washington State Bar Association, March 2010
  • Speaker, “Time Management: A guide to defining your priorities so you can chart the course”, Washington State Bar Association, Leadership Institute, May 2011
  • Guest Speaker, Martin Luther King Day Assembly, Nooksack Valley Middle School, 2012
  • Speaker, “Getting into the Game: Informal Discovery”, Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section Annual CLE, August 2015
  • “The Effects of Foreign Service under the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters on the Tolling of Washington’s Statute of Limitations”, Washington State Bar Association’s International News Letter, Jan. 1999
  • “Broad v Mannesmann: Tolling Washington’s Statute of Limitations for Foreign Service under the Hague Convention”, WSTLA Trial News, Nov. 2000


  • , Team Member of Pacific Region Champions, Jessup International Law Competition, 1998
  • , Recipient of Warren R. Pederson Advocacy Award by Puget Sound Inn of Courts, 1998
  • , top 15 Oral Advocates, Jessup International Law Competition, Washington, D.C., 1998
  • , Rising Star by Washington Law and Politics, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • Recipient of Volunteer Lawyer Award for extraordinary giving and for service, LAW Advocates, 2009
  • , Fellow of Inaugural Leadership Institute, Washington State Bar Association, 2005
  • , Fellow of Inaugural Judicial Institute, Washington State Bar Association, 2005, 2012
  • Graduate of Distinction in honor of Outstanding Service to School, Community and Career, Nooksack Valley School District and Nooksack Valley High School, 2011, 2012


  • Broad v. Mannesmann Anlagenbau A.G., 141 Wash.2d 670, 10 P.3d 371 (2000)
  • Kruchek v. Sedro Woolley School District, 110 Wash. App. 1006, 2002 WL 80694 (Div. 1) (unpublished opinion), Petition for Review Denied, 147 Wash.2d 1010, 56 P.3d 565 (2002)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Whatcom County Bar Association, 2000 to present
  • Washington State Bar Association, 1999 to present, Litigation Section Board, 2013-present, Disciplinary Board, 2006-09, Leadership Institute Advisory Board, 2007-09, Committee Member, Professionalism Committee, 2006-07, Fellow of Inaugural Leadership Institute, 2005, YLD, Editorial Advisory Board, 1999-2001
  • Washington Women Lawyers & Whatcom Women Lawyers Associations, 2000 to present
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association, 2005 to present
  • Panel member, Federal Magistrate Selection Committee, 2002-03
  • Washington State Association for Justice, formerly known as Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1999 to present, Board of Governors, 2nd Congressional District, 2001-09, Chair, Whatcom County Roundtable, 2001-04; 2006-07, Founding Chair, New Members Committee, 2001-03
  • Admitted to Tribal Court for the Lummi Nation, 2002
  • Admitted to Nooksack Tribal Court, 2008
  • Admitted to Practice by Washington State Supreme Court, 1999, U.S. District of Western District of Washington, 1999, U.S. District of Eastern District of Washington, 1999 and United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1999

Educational Background

  • University of Washington, B.A. in English with a Writing Emphasis and BA in Society and Justice with Honors, 1991
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Office Location for Carrie M. Coppinger Carter

100 Central Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

Phone: 360-676-7545

Fax: 360-306-8369

Last Updated: 4/29/2021

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