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Katharine Witter Brindley

Katharine Witter Brindley

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About Me

Katharine Brindley has had a growing trial practice for the past 25 years defending health care clients in medical malpractice matters and those facing disciplinary issues with state licensing authorities. For example, Ms. Brindley successfully defended a local hospital in a four-week jury trial by a claimant with bilateral leg amputations. The jury was unanimous in its verdict that there was no negligence by any health care professional.


 Ms. Brindley has also developed a statewide reputation for her defense of health care professionals facing disciplinary and licensing disputes with the state of Washington. Most notably, she successfully defended a popular physician accused of smothering an infant. After months of investigation and a four-day hearing involving complicated issues of what constitutes life and death, the physician's license was restored.

 With a background in registered nursing, Ms. Brindley is prepared to handle a wide variety of medical issues and regularly works with specialists in all areas of medicine and surgery. She also serves as a frequent guest speaker at area nursing schools and regularly works with local hospitals on issues of risk management and health care business transactions.


Practice Areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    31 years, 500 cases
  2. Health Care: 50%
    31 years

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Contact Info

Helsell Fetterman LLP

1001 Fourth Avenue , Suite 4200

Seattle, WA, 98154-1154


IDAuthorized to practice law198509/13/2015

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Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Avvo Top Health Care LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
Super LawyerN/A2007
A-V RatingN/A2007
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Phi Beta KappaN/A1979
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyHelsell Fetterman LLP2000 - Present
AttorneyReed McClure1987 - 2000
AttorneyPaine Hamblen1984 - 1987
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Charity LeagueMember2007 - 2007
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Northwest ChapterPresident2004 - 2005
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, NorthwestBoard Member2000 - 2006
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember1999 - Present
Board of Advisors, Gonzaga UniversityMemer1997 - 2003
Providence Hospice of SeattleBoard Member1991 - 1998
Defense Research InstituteMember1990 - Present
Washington State Society of Healthcare AttorneysMember1990 - Present
Washington Health Care Risk Management SocietyMember1987 - Present
Washington Women LawyersPresident1987 - 1987
Idaho State BarMember1985 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Washington Women LawyersMember1984 - Present
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember1984 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD Cum Laude - Juris Doctor1984
Washington State UniversityNursingBSN Phi Beta Kappa1979
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Masters in TrialTrial Practice2008
Tacoma Community CollegeAIDS Workshop1989
Medical SocietyAIDS Legislation1989
Neonatal Nursing ConferenceMedical Legal aspects of Neonatal Nursing1988
Kalispell Regional HospitalPlaintiff vs. Defendant1988
ICNE/WSULegal Issues for Nurses1988
Emergency Nurses AssociationLegal Considerations for Emergency Care Providers1987
AM. Assoc of Critical Care NursesCritical Care Nursing Liability1986
WSU Alumni Continuing EducationLegal Issues in Health Care1985
WSTLA Non-LawyersMedical malpractice Issues1985