Catherine C. Clark

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Seattle, WA

Law Office of Catherine C. Clark, PLLC
 | 2200 6th Avenue, Suite 1250
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-792-1224
Fax: 206-374-3003
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Real Estate: Business (30%),
  • Eminent Domain (30%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (0%)
Attorney Profile

The founder of her own law firm in Seattle, Washington, Catherine C. Clark focuses her practice primarily on eminent domain proceedings, land use, easements, quiet title, adverse possession, and other commercial and real estate litigation. Providing representation to clients throughout the state, she has served as lead counsel in several high-profile cases at both the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Clark also has experience in personal injury, wrongful death and other types of civil litigation, and she is a trained mediator and arbitrator. In addition, she furnishes expert witness and consulting services. Admitted to practice before all Washington state courts, Ms. Clark is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Majoring in history and political science, Ms. Clark attended the University of Washington and was a member of the school's varsity swimming team before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 1985. She then pursued her legal education at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1988. While she was in law school, Ms. Clark was a member of the Gonzaga Law Review and the school's Moot Court Honors Council.

After graduation, Ms. Clark served a year's clerkship with a judge on the Washington Supreme Court. Her background also includes being a real estate claims counsel for a leading title insurance company, and she spent time with several area law firms before opening her own firm in March 2006. A member of the Washington State Bar Association, Ms. Clark has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Appellate (30%)

Real Estate (30%)

Eminent Domain (30%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Personal Injury - General (0%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2019

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About Catherine Clark

Admitted: 1991, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.loccc.com/catherine-clark-profile.php

Honors/Awards:

  • AV Rating, LexisNexis/ Martindale-Hubble, 2012
  • Washington Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Rising Star in Washington Law, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2001
  • Pro Bono Public Service Commendation, Washington State Bar Association, 2005
  • Awarded the Best of CLE Award for presentation on The Law of Adjoining Properties, Washington State Bar Association, 2006
  • Washington Super Lawyers, 2011
  • WSTLA Law Student Public Service Award, 1991

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, 2014
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation, Real Property Sections, admitted November 1991
  • King County Superior Court Arbitrator, 1999 - Present
  • Washington Minority Bar Association Collaboration Project, Chair 2011-12
  • King County Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • YLD Programs Committee, King County Bar Association, 1993 - 1995
  • Washington State Association for Justice EAGLE Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Public Affairs Committee, 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Judicial Appreciation Dinner Committee, King County Bar Association, 1994 - 1995
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Board of Advisors, September 2010 to Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • King County Bar Association, FLI Program, 2011 to Present
  • University of Washington Athletic Department Hall of Fame Selection Committee, 2004
  • Husky Swimming Foundation, Board Member, January 2010 to Present, President, Spring 2009 to December 2009
  • Washington Women Lawyers, Board Member and Heritage Vice President, October 2011 to Present
  • University of Washington Big W Club, Steward, December 2007 to October 2010
  • Board Member, University of Washington Swimming Alumni, September 1998 - Spring 2009
  • University of Washington Alumni Advisory Committee for Head Swimming Coach Search, August 2006 
  • National Football League Youth Impact Program, Sponsor, 2010-2013
  • University of Washington Women's Center, Board Member and Human Trafficking Task Force, July 2009 to September 2011
  • University of Washington Tyee Board of Advisors Athlete Alumni Advancement subcommittee, June 1007 to December 2008
  • University of Washington Pre-Title 9 Dinner Committee, January 2006 - April 2001

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • King County Bar Association, BAR BULLETIN, Volume 21, Issue 11, July 2003, Profile of James F. Nagle, 2003
  • Speaker, KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, Real Estate for the Non Real-Estate Practitioner, March 1999
  • Co-Chair, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, Essentials of Real Estate, November 1993 and February 1995
  • King County Bar Association, BAR BULLETIN, Volume 21, Issue 10, June 2003, Valuation of Leisure Time, 2003
  • Speaker, WASHINGTON STATE ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE, Spokane's Annual Ethics Seminar & Webcast, December 2011. Topic: The Perfect Storm: Social Media/Electronic Discovery Meets the RPC's, 2011
  • King County Bar Association, BAR BULLETIN, Volume 20, Issue 11, July 2002, 15 Practical Points for Writing a Brief, 2002
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Resolving Real Estate Title Defects, November 2011. Topic: Ethical Considerations, 2011
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998 CONSTRUCTION LAW UPDATE (N. Sweeney ed.), Contributing Author, Correction or Withdrawal of a Bid: A State Law Survey, 1998
  • Speaker, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, Ethics and Social Media.  October 2011. Topic: Social Media: Common Sense & Ethics, 2011
  • Catherine Cecily Clark, Video Trial Transcripts: A Review of Washington's Current System, 26 GONZ. L. REV. 585, 1991
  • Speaker, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, Real Estate Mid-Year Seminar, April 2011.  Topic: Disclosure & Ethics in the World of the Economic Loss Rule, 2011
  • West Legal Ed. Online, http://www.westlegaledcenter.com/, Mastering Real Estate Titles and Title Insurance in Washington, Fall 2003
  • Speaker & Co-Chair, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, Are you Ready for the Media? Will It Be Your Big Break? March 2011. Topic: Are You Hiding in Plain Site? Websites, Public Blogging and Networking Websites & Panel Discussion on "How Do You Talk to the Press?", 2011
  • Speaker, LAW SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL, Government Takings, December 2005. Topic: Loss of Income & Other Damages: The Property Owner's Perspective, 2005
  • Speaker, KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, Women & Professionalism, January 2011.  Topic: A panel discussion on professionalism, stereotypes, diversity, anti-bias, reputation, integrity, collegiality and fun, 2011
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Meeting the Challenges of Washington Real Estate Title: Identifying Defects and Finding Solutions, November 2005. Topic: The Anatomy of a Real Estate Title & Ethics, 2005
  • Speaker & Co-Chair, KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, Parallel Universes: The Intersection Between Estates & Trusts and Real Property Issues, December 2010.  Topics: Real Property Statutory & Case Law Update and Creditors Claims in Probate and Trust Matters: A Black Hole, 2010
  • Speaker, EAST KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, October 19, 2005, Topic: Practical Solutions to Boundary Disputes, 2005
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITTUE, Current Challenges in Local Government Law, November 2010. Topics: Zoning & Code Enforcement Issues, 2010
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, An Advanced Look at Washington Real Estate Law, July 2005. Topics: Title Law and Ethical Obligations in Real Estate, 2005
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Litigating Disputes Over Easements & Restrictive Covenants, November 2009. Topics: Presenting Your Case & Real Life Ethics in Property Disputes, 2010
  • Speaker, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL MORTGAGE WOMEN, Seattle Puget Sound Association LPO Seminar, March 2005. Topics: Title Insurance & Ethics, 2005
  • Speaker & Co-Chair, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, Neighborhood Battles- Dealing with Warring Neighbors, October 2010. Topic: Yes, There are Legal Theories! & Panel Discussion on Common Fact Patterns, 2010
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Meeting the Challenges of Washington Real Estate Titles & Title Insurance, February 2005. Topic: The Anatomy of a Real Estate Title, 2005
  • Speaker, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, Boundary Law Seminar, February 2009. Topic: Theories Relating to Boundary Disputes and Ethics, 2009
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Washington Real Estate Title Law, October 2004. Topics: Commercial and Residential Title Examination & Ethics, 2004
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, In-Depth Title Insurance Principles, June 2008. Topics: Avoiding Ethical Disputes, 2008
  • Speaker, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL MORTGAGE WOMEN, Northwest Region Conference, October 2004. Topics: Title Insurance Policies, Ethics & Escrow Disputes, 2004
  • Speaker, INSTITUTE FOR PARALEGAL EDUCATION, The Essential Title Examination Guide for Washington Paralegals, September 2004. Topics: Title Problems? No Problem & Five Things You Need to Know About Title Insurance, 2004
  • Speaker, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, View Covenants, Easements, Liens & Encumbering Title, April 2008.  Topic: Consensual & Non-Consensual Liens, 2008
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, An Advanced Look at Washington Real Estate Law, August 2004. Topics: Title Insurance, Ethics and Closing the Transaction, 2004
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE. A Step-By-Step Guide to Understanding Easements, March 2008.  Topics:  Foundational Principles of Easements, 2008
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, The Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in Washington, February 2004. Topics: Title Insurance, Ethics and Closing the Transaction, 2004
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Real Estate Transactions Made Painless and Efficient, January, 2008.  Topics:  The Importance of Title to the Real Estate Transaction and Ethical Considerations in a Real Estate Transaction, 2008
  • Speaker, HALF MOON LLC, Practical Real Estate Title Skills in Washington, December 2003, Topic: Constructing a Chain of Title
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Resolving Real Estate Title Defects, October 2007.  Topics:  Ethical Considerations and Access and Road Issues, 2007
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Real Estate Title Law: Problems & Solutions, November 2003. Topics: Title Insurance, Ethical Considerations, Access & Road Issues
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE. Road and Access Law:  Successfully Handling Disputes, August 2007.  Topics:  Current Case Law and Legislative Update and Ins and Outs of Private Road Creation and Use, 2007
  • Speaker, GONZAGA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Boundary Disputes, Ethics & Practical Solutions, October 2003. Topics: Theories of Boundary Disputes, Ethics & Practical Solutions
  • Speaker, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, Second Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, July 2007.  Topic:  Critical Title Insurance Tips and Strategic Considerations, 2007
  • Speaker, COLDWELL BANKER BAIN, Mercer Island Washington, September 2003, Topic: A Practical Approach to Boundary Disputes What Does a Realtor Do?
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE,  A Step-By-Step Guide to Understanding Easements, February 2007.  Topics:  Foundational Principles of Easements and Effectively Resolving Easement Disputes, 2007
  • Speaker, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, Best of CLE 2006, December, 2006, Topic:  The Law of Adjoining Properties, 2006
  • Speaker, WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, The Law of Adjoining Properties: Handling Matters Relating to Neighboring Lands, May, 2003. Topic: Principles of Boundary Law
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, Resolving Real Estate Title Defects, November 2011.  Topic:  Ethical Considerations, 2011
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Mastering Real Estate Titles and Title Insurance in Washington, May 2003. Topics: Ethical Considerations and Title Insurance Claims and Litigation, 2003
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, Title Workshop:  From Examination to Commitment, June 2012.  Topic:  Ethical Considerations, 2012
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, The Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in Washington, January 2003. Topics: Title Insurance and Closing the Transaction, 2003
  • Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, The Law of Adjoining Properties, September 2012.  Topic:  Principles of Boundary Law:  A Practical Approach, 2012
  • Speaker, KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 2002 REAL ESTATE INSTITUTE, Title to Real Estate: Problems & Solutions, December 2002. Topic: Title Insurance, 2002
  • Speaker,  King County Bar Association, Monthly Lunch Meeting of Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, March 2013.  Topic:  Recent Washington State Supreme Court Cases:  Real Estate & Probate, 2013
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Real Estate Title Law: Problems & Solutions, August 2002. Topic: Title Insurance, 2002
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Easements in Washington, February 2006. Topics: Foundational Principles of Easements and Effectively Resolving Easement Disputes, 2006
  • Speaker, Washington State Association for Justice, Depositions 101, March 2013.  Topic:  Expert Depositions:  Preparing, Defending and Taking, 2013
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, The Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in Washington, December 2001. Topics: Title Insurance and Closing the Transaction, 2001
  • WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, Real Property Deskbook Editorial Board, 2007-2008 and Chapter Author: Ensuring Interests in Real Property., 2009
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, Free and Low Cost Legal Tech for Your Law Practice, July 2013.  Topic:  Online Presence Management & Useful Tech for your Smartphone and iPad, 2013
  • Speaker, LORMAN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, Real Property Security Instruments in Washington, December 2001. Topic: Liens Against Real Property, 2001
  • Speaker, WSBA Litigation Section Midyear, June 2006, Topic Real Estate Mock Expert Witness Examination, 2006
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, Litigating Disputes over Easements and Restrictive Covenants, December 2013.  Topics:  Presenting Your Case, Case Law Update, and Real Life Ethics in Property Disputes, 2013
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, The Paralegal's Role in the Real Estate Transaction in Washington, December 2000. Topic: Title Insurance, 2000
  • Speaker, WSBA Boundary Law Seminar, July 2006, Topic: Theories Relating to Boundary Disputes & Ethics, 2006
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, Litigating Disputes over Easements and Restrictive Covenants, December 2013.  Topics:  Presenting Your Case, Case Law Update, and Real Life Ethics in Property Disputes, 2013
  • Speaker, KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 1999 REAL ESTATE INSTITUTE, December 1999. Topic: Acquisition of Private Property for Public Projects, 1999
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Eminent Domain: Legal Updated, October 2006. Topic: Key Eminent Domain Concepts, 2006
  • Speaker, Washington State Association for Justice, Annual Legal Staff Seminar, February 2014. Topic:  Premises Liability, 2014
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, The Paralegal's Role in the Real Estate Transaction in Washington, June 1999
  • Speaker, NATIONAL BUSINESS INSTITUTE, Resolving Title Issues, December 2006. Topics: The Concept of Marketable Title and Avoiding Ethical Issues in Real Estate, 2006
  • Scheduled Speaker, Law Seminars International, Public Participation Litigation, January 2015.  Topic:  Panel Member re:  “So How’s it Working?  What Types of Cases have Developed Since the New Anti-SLAPP Statute was Passed in 2010?”, 2015
  • Speaker, WASHINGTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND, Purchase & Sale Seminar for Non-Profit Developers, May 1999. Topic: Negotiation Strategies, 1999

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Uhrich v. Mt. Si Const., No. 70568-7-I, 2014
  • Smith v. Barkman, King County, 2013
  • Freeman v. Gregoire, 171 Wn.2d 316, 256 P.2d 264, 2011
  • City of Auburn/Orvis, King County 2014
  • City of Lynnwood v. Video Only, Inc. 118 Wn. App. 674, 77 P.3d 378, 2003
  • Neckas v. Holt
  • Bickler v. Int’l Church of Foursquare Gospel, 2012
  • Neidert v. Amerigas Propane, LP.  Pierce County, 2014
  • Van v. Antes, King County, 2012
  • City of Seattle v. Heglund/West Marine, 2009
  • Currin v. Raff
  • Kunaboina v. Garlapati, Washington Court of Appeals Docket #67654-7-I, 2013
  • Travelers v. Columbia Pacific Contractors, King County, 2006
  • Kubec v. Zuluaga, No. 54091-2-I
  • James Gorman IV v. City of Woodinville, 175 Wn.2d 68, 283 P.2d 1082 (2012) affirming Gorman v. City of Woodinville, 160 Wn. App. 759, 249 P.3d 1040, 2011
  • Snohomish County v. Rettinghouse, 2008
  • McKinley v. Ma, No. 71102-4-I (February 9, 2015)
  • Bricolage Ventures, LLC v. Team Coaching Int’l, King County, 2010
  • City of Marysville/Geddes Marina, 2010
  • Nichols v. Duerr, King County, 2010
  • Wiles v. Washington State Dep’t of Transportation, King County, 2013
  • Foster Pepper v. Alliance Shippers, 2012
  • Beriault v. King, No. 61636-6-I, 2009
  • Wilkie v. Sandoval/Harper, King County, 2014
  • Kelley v. Tonda, 2017 Wash. App. LEXIS 734, 2017
  • City of Tukwila v. Legacy Partners, 2009
  • M.A. Mortenson Company, Inc. v. Timberline Software Corporation, et al., 140 Wn.2d 568, 998 P.2d 305
  • City of Seattle v. Accredited Home Lenders/CitiBank – King County 2008
  • City of Woodinville v. Hollywood Vineyards Limited Partnership, 2010
  • Cline v. Konswa, King County, 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, B.A. in History & Political Science, 1985

Industry Groups

  • Washington Land Title Association
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2200 6th Avenue
Suite 1250
Seattle, WA 98121

Phone: 206-792-1224

Fax: 206-374-3003

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