Heather L. (Carr) Proudfoot is a dynamic, skilled attorney with extensive experience litigating a wide variety of employment, construction, commercial, coverage, civil rights, and other disputes. For approximately twelve years, she has representedplaintiffs and defendants in complex cases and streamlined litigation at state and federal trial and appellate court levels as well as in arbitrations and early mediation. She has obtained significant damage awards and settlements for plaintiffs, as well as de minimis settlements and defense verdicts for defendants.
Heather is a tenacious yet “likeable” litigation attorney. Herclients benefit from her innovative efforts to obtain resolution in the initial stages of conflict. They also rely on her aggressive and creative approaches to litigation when litigation is the chosen path. Heather takes pride in long-standing client relationships, her cost-effective problem-solving, and successful advocacy. She knows that to resolve complex situations, special skills and experience, creativity, and the right balance of diplomacy, cooperation and aggression are required. She knows that economical and efficient solutions are a top priority for clients
Heather is a fellow of theLitigation Trial Counsel of America, a “by invitation only” trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers and a “Superb”-rated Avvo attorney.
Representative Clients and Cases:
Commonwealth Insurance Company – Heather represented Commonwealth in a coverage and bad faith case against other insurers who failed to participate in the settlement and defense of one of Commonwealth’s insureds. She has also been hired by Commonwealth to provide defenses for Commonwealth’s general contractor insureds. Some such work required Heather to defend property and personal injury claims asserted by property owners while initiating and prosecuting cross-claims against the subcontractors who performed the defective work.
The City of Seattle - Heather has represented the City of Seattle in some of its most significant cases over the past decade, including multi-million dollar class actions arising from the WTO riots and other multi-million dollar class actions alleging profiling and constitutional violations. She has also represented the City of Seattle and Seattle police officers in cases arising from officer-involved fatalities and abatement actions.
The City of Des Moines – Heather defended negligence claims against the City of Des Moines in the highly-publicized case concerning the Vili Fualaau-Mary Kay LeTourneau relationship.
Ledcor Group of Companies – Heather has defended construction defect claims against Ledcor arising from alleged property loss, including million dollar claims involving water intrusion and mold.
Farmer’s Insurance Group, Fireman’s Fund, Traveler’s, Western Surety – Heather has represented such companies during their investigations into possibly fraudulent claims. She has also been hired by such companies on many occasions to provide litigate on behalf of their insureds.
Alcoa, Inc. – Heather has represented Alcoa, Inc. in a multitude of Washington and California-based cases alleging personal injury and wrongful death claims based upon products liability and premises liability theories.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 1999
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Who's Who Among Law Professionals||Recognized Member||2010|
|Community Leadership Award||Washington Defense Trial Lawyers||2009|
|Fellow||Litigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society||2009|
|Rising Star||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|Rising Star||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2004|
|Employee Relations Manager||Seatte City Light||2012 - Present|
|Shareholder||Stafford Frey Cooper||2000 - 2012|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Washington Defense Trial Lawyers||Board of Trustees||2011 - Present|
|Litigation Counsel of America||Fellow||2009 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Committee of Law Examiners||2007 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||2004 - Present|
|Washington Defense Trial Lawyers||Member||2003 - Present|
|Washington Women Lawyers||Member||2001 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|YMCA||Board of Advisors||N/A|
|Stafford Frey Cooper||Tools of the Trade - Monthly Construction Newsletter||2010|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|University of Puget Sound||Spanish and International Relations||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues||Construction Contracts||2012|
|Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues||Damage Calculations and the Effects of Contract Provisions||2011|
|Experts and Evidence||Strategies for Working With Evidence at Trial||2011|
|Building Your Civil Trial Skills||Getting the Best Out of Witness Examination||2011|
|Seattle Police Officers Guild Board of Directors & Shop Steward Training||Officer Involved Shootings||2010|
|Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau's Annual Conference||Use of Expert Evidence||2010|
|Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau||Ten Tips for Tough Times||2009|
|National Business Institute||Experts and Evidence||2009|
|American Subcontractors Association||Ten Tips for Tough Times||2009|
|Motions Practice Seminar||Successful Motions Practice||2008|
|2008 Employment Law Legislative and Case Updates for Washington||Political Discussion in the Workplace||2008|
|Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case||Strategies for Working with Evidence at Trial||2007|
|Employment Law Update||Employment Issues in the Paperless Workplace||2007|
|How to Get Evidence and Expert Testimony Admitted into Court||Ethics, Evidence and Experts; The Law of Expert Testimony||2006|
|CLE||Defeating Police Misconduct Claims||2005|
|Getting Your Evidence and Expert Testimony Admitted into Court in Washington||Fees and the Expert Opinion; Avoiding Conflicts of Interest||2005|
|CLE||Ethics Rule 1.8, Prohibited Transactions||2003|