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About Me

Born and raised in Tacoma, I am committed to serving the Puget Sound area residents as a bankruptcy attorney providing debt relief to consumers and small business owners in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.  As the daughter of an Irish immigrant, I believe in the American dream.  I am happy to assist individuals obtain a fresh start from their financial problems.


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Practice Areas


  1. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 60%
    17 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 30%
    17 years, 500 cases
  3. Bankruptcy & Debt: 10%
    17 years, 100 cases


Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Lindsay Diane Camandona

    Kathleen is a very experienced bankruptcy attorney. I refer many of my family law clients to her while in the midst of a divorce and she is always able to provide them with great advice. I endorse this lawyer.


    Lindsay Camandona Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jonathan Alexander Sprouffske

    Kathleen is a well established bankruptcy attorney in the Pierce County area. She is a great resource for fellow attorneys, and her background of working for the Ch. 13 Trustee's Office gives her the unique ability to better evaluate chapter 13 cases.


    Jonathan Sprouffske Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Shoemaker & Dart, P.S., Inc.

1944 Pacific Avenue #307
Tacoma, WA, 98166



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Volunteer ServicePierce County Juvenile Court2002
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerShoemaker & Dart, P.S., INC2010 - Present
AttorneyDavid M. Howe, Chapter 13 Trustee Office2004 - 2010
AttorneyNagler & Associates2001 - 2003
AttorneyMiller & Dart, P.S., INC1997 - 2001
ExternUS Trustee1996 - 1996
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Thomas T. Glover Mediation ProgramExecutive Committee Member2014 - Present
Local Rules Committee for Western District of Washington Bankruptcy CourtChapter 13 Rules Subcommittee Member2014 - 2014
Mary Bridge Festival of TreesTree Designer2011 - 2013
Washington State Bar Association Creditor-Debtor RightsExecutive Committee Member2010 - 2012
Mary Bridge Festival of TreesSponsor2010 - 2013
Hear See HopeBoard Member2006 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
National Association of Chapter 13 TrusteesMemberN/A
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMemberN/A
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawProfessional Mediation Skills Training ProgramN/A2014
Seattle University School of LawLawJD1997
University of Puget SoundEnglish/Professional WritingBA1993
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Thurston County Bar Association April MeetingChapter 13 Basics2015
Kitsap County Bar Association August MeetingBankruptcy Basics2015
Changes to the Local RulesAttorney's Fees in Chapter 132015
2014 Bankruptcy Judges ConferenceStudent Loan Developments2014
Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy LawChapter 13 Bankruptcy Basics2010
The Lawyer's Toolbox: BankruptcyChapter 13 Basics2006
The Lawyer's Toolbox: BankruptcyChaper 13 Basics2005
Nuts and Bolts of Consumer BankruptcyChapter 13 Basics2004
Nuts and Bolts of Consumer BankruptcyChapter 13 Basics2003
Consumer Case Law UpdateCase Law Update2003
Nuts and Bolts of Consumer BankruptcyChapter 13 Basics2002