Catherine W. Smith

Top rated appellate attorney in Seattle, Washington

Smith Goodfriend, P.S.
Catherine W. Smith
Smith Goodfriend, P.S.

Practice Areas: Appellate

Licensed in Washington since: 1979

Education: University of Washington School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2023

Smith Goodfriend, P.S.

1619 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109 Phone: 206-624-0974 Email: Catherine W. Smith Visit website


Catherine's practice is limited to civil appeals in Washington state and federal courts. Her broad appellate experience is reflected in hundreds of decisions, including Beauregard v. WSBA, 197 Wn.2d 67 (2021), in which she represented the State Bar, and Mohandessi v. Urban Venture, LLC, 13 Wn. App.2d 681 (2020). Catherine is editor-in-chief of the Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook, served as President of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and founded the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association.  Of her appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court in Troxel v. Granville, Dahlia Lithwick of Slate magazine reported, "she is one of the finest oral advocates I have ever seen." 

First Admitted: 1979, Washington

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Fellow, Director, President (2007-2008), American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  Editor-in-chief, Washington State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Deskbook.  Elected Member, American Law Institute. Member, Washington Ethical Judicial Campaign Committee.  Author, Civil Appellate Practice chapter, Washington Lawyers Practice Manual.  Author and Editor, Washington Health Care Professional Liability Handbook. Editor, Appellate Practice Chapter, WSBA Family Law Deskbook
  • WSBA Family Lawyer of the Year, 2001
Industry Groups:
  • Civil

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1619 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

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