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I am passionate about being a strong advocate for clients during challenging times in their lives.  I understand how important family is, and will work with you to protect your rights and interests without adding unnecessarily to the stress, animosity, and chaos that can affect a family going through a divorce, custody disagreement, or other legal action.  My practice welcomes all clients, but has a particular emphasis on addressing the unique needs of survivors of domestic violence, military families, and LGBTQ families facing discrimination or extra hurdles.


Happy times can be challenging too, and I enjoy helping families that are expanding through adoption or assisted reproduction, as well as working out agreements between new partners who want to avoid future conflict.


I am an active volunteer with the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics and the Center for Children & Youth Justice's Lawyers Fostering Independence initiative, and I am dedicated to helping lower-income clients access legal help as a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Moderate Means Program.  (Sliding-scale fee structure based on income and family size for households between 200% to 400% of the federal poverty guidelines.)


Practice areas


  1. Family: 90%
  2. Appeals: 10%



Hourly ($125-200/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Law Office of Kate M. Forrest, PLLC

600 1st Ave Ste 106
Seattle, WA, 98104-2287


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/Principal AttorneyThe Law Office of Kate M. Forrest, PLLC2012 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonN/A2012 - Present
King County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Washington Women Lawyers (King County chapter)N/AN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Parentage of E.S.S., Court of Appeals of Washington Div. 1 No. 69446-4-IAffirmed
In re Marriage of Montgomery and Nadir, Court of Appeals of Washington Div. I No. 70804-1-IAffirmed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Scripps College (Claremont)Gender & Women's Studies; Hispanic StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lawyers Fostering Independence Family Law CLE SeriesDissolution 1012014