As a single parent, Ms.Poplawski began her undergraduate work in Public Policy at Penn State University, then continuing on to graduate school at Harvard University, where Ms.Poplawski was already being recognized as an exceptional leader and confident communicator with a work ethic that was well-recognized by her peers. Her talents eventually made the journey from the east coast all the way to the Pacific Northwest to attend law school at Gonzaga University School of Law with her young son in tow.
Once at Gonzaga, Ms.Poplawski immediately began distinguishing herself as a leader by working at a level beyond what was expected. Because of her dedication to excellence, she was awarded a Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project summer grant to work with women and children in the Spokane community. After earning her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law, Ms.Poplawski began work at the Center for Justice where she practiced family law, employment law, and was supervising attorney for the Firm’s Community Advocacy Department.
Ms.Poplawski has built her reputation on the foundations of hard work and stellar representation of her clients and their interests. She has always been committed to highly attentive and aggressive representation. The local legal community has certainly taken notice to this exceptional work.
In 2002, Ms.Poplawski received a coveted two-year Equal Works Fellowship, chosen as one of only 40 selected nationwide for this prestigious fellowship in the United States. Ms.Poplawski’s reputation for exceptional legal representation continued to gain attention from the Washington legal community. In 2005, she was named the recipient of Myra Bradwell Award, a prestigious award from Gonzaga School of Law Women’s Law Caucus presented to an attorney who demonstrates courage and strength in the practice of law and is committed to representing the interests of women and children in the community. Previous recipients of the Myra Bradwell award include Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and State Appellate Court Judge Mary Fairhurst.
In 2013 the Inlander Magazine's reader's poll voted her Best Attorney of 2013. http://www.inlander.com/spokane/best-of-2013-andmdash-people/BestOf?oid=2156421
Ms.Poplawski has continued to remain highly active in the community. In 2007, Ms.Poplawski received the Status Conference Advice Clinic Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award for 2013. She then recevied the Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award for 2014. She continues to volunteer every Thursday at the status confernce and show cause court dockets helping pro se litigants navigate through the court system in assisting them in preparation of their final court documents. She has been a board member of the St. Joseph’s Family Center and received the Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Public Service Commendation Award in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Ms. Poplawski is the current ViceChair of the WSBA Character and FItness Board (Chair effective October 2015).
Ms.Poplawski is also a Pro Tem Commissioner in Spokane County District Court.
Prior to her legal career, Ms.Poplawski worked for the Pennsylvania State Senate, the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, and the American Red Cross.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Volunteer Attorney of the Year||SCBA VLP||2015|
|Status Conference Volunteer Attorney of the Year||SCBA VLP||2014|
|2014 Top Lawyers- Family Law||Spokane CDA Living Magazine||2014|
|Best Attorney of 2013||Inlander Magazine||2013|
|Public Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2010|
|Public Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2009|
|Public Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2008|
|Status Conference Volunteer Lawyer of the Year||Spokane County Volunteer Lawyers Association||2007|
|Public Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2005|
|2005 Myra Bradwell Award||Gonzaga University School||2005|
|Equal Justice Works Fellowship||Equal Justice Works||2004|
|Attorney at Law||Andrea Poplawski||2014 - Present|
|Of Counsel||Olive Bearb|Grelish PLLC||2013 - 2014|
|Attorney||Harrington Law Office, PLLC||2010 - 2013|
|Attorney||Burke Law Group, PLLC||2007 - 2010|
|Attorney||Center For Justice||1999 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association, Character and Fitness Board||Chair||2015 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Character and Fitness Board||Vice Chair||2014 - 2015|
|WSBA Northwest Justice Project Board of Trustees||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Family Law Section Member||2005 - Present|
|Spokane County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2005 - Present|
|Spokane County Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|In re Custody of A.C.||The constitution and laws required that A.C. be immediately returned to his natural mother.|
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|Gonzaga University School of Law||N/A||N/A||2001|
|Pennsylvania State University||Public Policy||BS - Bachelor of Science||1995|