Ian C. Cairns

Top rated Appellate attorney in Seattle, Washington

Smith Goodfriend, P.S.
Ian C. Cairns
Smith Goodfriend, P.S.

Practice Areas: Appellate

Licensed in Washington since: 2010

Education: University of Washington School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2022

Smith Goodfriend, P.S.

1619 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109 Phone: 206-624-0974 Email: Ian C. Cairns Visit website

Details

I am a principal of Smith Goodfriend and graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with honors in 2010. I focus on civil appellate practice in state and federal courts across a broad range of subject areas including business disputes, trust and estate litigation, and family law.  I am the Vice-Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Judicial Recommendation Committee, co-author of the Appellate Practice chapter of the King County Bar Association Young Lawyer Division’s Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, and a former Chair of the King County Bar Association’s Appellate Section.  

First Admitted: 2010, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.washingtonappeals.com/ian-c-cairns.php

Firm News (Newsletters):
  • , Always Appealing, Seeking Supreme Court review – who gets the last word? King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (September 2020)
  • , Always Appealing, Washington’s Supreme Court Again Emphasizes Our State’s Policy of Deciding Cases on Their Merits. King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (June 2023)
  • , Always Appealing, Washington’s Supreme Court Continues to Focus on Eliminating Racial Bias From the Jury System. King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (December 2022)
  • , Always Appealing, Courts should focus on the “notice” in notice of appeal. King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (June 2022)
  • , Always Appealing, When waiting to seek review can hurt your client. King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (January 2022)
  • , Always Appealing, Washington’s Supreme Court continues to write influential decisions. King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (July 2021)
  • , Always Appealing, Did the sky fall? A retrospective on allowing the citation of unpublished opinions. King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin (January 2021)
Educational Background:
  • Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, Master of Public Administration, 2010
  • University of Washington School of Law, Juris Doctor, with Honors, Order of the Coif, 2010
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Washington Lawyers Practice Manual - Ch. 2, Appellate Practice, Co-Author, King County Bar Association, 2018
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Washington State Bar Association Judicial Recommendation Committee, Vice-Chair, 2023
  • Washington State Bar Association, Amicus Brief Committee, Chair, 2017
  • King County Bar Association Appellate Section, Vice-Chair, 2018
  • Washington State Bar Association, Judicial Recommendation Committee, 2018

Office location for Ian C. Cairns

1619 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2022

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