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As your advocate my goal is to achieve the best outcome for you.  Whether you are under investigation (believe that you may be), are already charged, or even if you were convicted, I may be able to help you.  My partner, Peter Camiel, and I are respected and experienced criminal defense lawyers with more than 50 years of combined experience defending people - from those who were accused of petty crimes to the most serious of crimes.  I will discuss your situation with you by phone during a free, initial consultation.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    23 years



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Emily Marie Gause

    I worked with Catherine on a complex Federal matter that required review of thousands of pages of discovery and analysis of complex concepts relating to selling counterfeit products. I was extremely impressed with her intelligence, intuition, and ability to hone in on the real legal issues. She was a sharp advocate for her client and was able to get a fantastic sentence in the end. Catherine has a calming demeanor and is a pleasure to work with. I endorse this attorney.


    Emily Gause Violent Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Linda E Worthington

    I endorse this lawyer. Catherine is a smart, thorough, and fierce advocate for her clients.


    Linda Worthington Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Camiel & Chaney, P.S.

2101 4th Avenue
Suite 1900
Seattle, WA, 98121-2315


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Associate of Criminal Defense Lawyers2001
Rising StarN/A2001
Rising StarN/A2000
John F. Evans Award for Outstanding AchievementDC Law Students in Court1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALaw Office of Catherine Chaney1999 - Present
N/AThe Defender Association1992 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Women LawyersMember2009 - 2011
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLiaison to Washington State Human Trafficking Task Force2007 - 2009
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember, Board of Governnors2002 - 2002
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCo-chair, CLE Committee1999 - 1999
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember1999 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1998 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Davis, 152 Wn.2d 647, 101 P.3d 1 (2004)Reversal of death sentence.
State v. Montgomery, 105 Wn. App. 442, 17 P.3d 1237 (Div. 1 2001)appeals court held trial judge erred by denying alternative sentence to client because client had exercised constitutional right to trial
State v. DefendantClient found not guilty of all charges (murder and attempted murder).
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Criminal DefenseAnti-Human Trafficking Laws-summary of an evolving and complex area of criminal law2011
Washington Criminal DefenseInnocent Prisoner Freed (Tales from the Criminal Courts)2008
Washington State Bar NewsThe Becca Bill: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?1999
Washington Criminal DefenseProsecutorial Misconduct: To Object or Not to Object?1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University Law SchoolN/AJ.D.1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington State Senate CommitteesHuman Trafficking Legislation in Washington2011