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Christopher Kattenhorn was recently named Partner and together with Bill Kirk manages Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn. Christopher joined the firm in 2010 after serving as a public defender in several municipalities throughout Puget Sound, including the cities of Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish and Kent. During his tenure as a criminal defense attorney, Christopher has handled hundreds of cases through both the criminal and DOL hearing process. He has earned a reputation as a strong courtroom presence and vigorous advocate for his clients


Christopher earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law where he served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association. He is an active alumni and volunteers in the legal writing program and also serves as a judge in the mock trial program. Christopher earned his B.A. at Seattle Pacific University, receiving the Dean’s scholarship and graduating with a major in Communication. While at SPU, he served in a variety of humanitarian relief projects, ranging from a refugee camp in Albania to the jungles of Papua, Indonesia.

Since limiting to his practice to DUI and other serious alcohol-related offenses, Christopher has made his mark in the field. He was named a 2012 “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics Magazine for his work in DUI Defense. This honor is given to no more than 2.5% of attorneys practicing in the field. Christopher is also a NHTSA-Qualified Administrator of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. He is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense 2011 Summer Session at Harvard Law School.



Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    7 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    7 years



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  • Matthew Curran Knauss

    Chris's creative approach to criminal defense and his ability to think on his feet are just some of the qualities that make him a powerful advocate for his clients.


    Matthew Knauss DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • David M. Norman

    In only a short period of time, Mr. Kattenhorn has unquestionably shown a remarkable level of competence and dedication in all aspects of his work, which encompasses several areas of practice that require high levels of both traits. I sincerely believe that it is only a matter of time before Mr. Kattenhorn is in the elite category of lawyers in his field. I endorse Chris Kattenhorn.


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Contact info

Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn

4040 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Suite 300
Kirkland, WA, 98033-7874


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCowan Kirk Kattenhorn2015 - Present
Attorney-at-LawCowan Kirk Gaston Wolff2014 - 2015
Attorney-at-LawCowan Kirk Gaston2010 - 2014
Contract AttorneyStein, Lotzkar and Starr PS2010 - 2010
Non-Profit Merger CoordinatorLoveall Price & Associates2009 - 2009
Practicing Legal Intern- Rule 9Stewart, Beall, MacNichols, & Harmell2007 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National College of DUI DefenseMemberN/A
American Bar Association Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity CommitteeCommittee MemberN/A
American Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College of DUI DefenseN/ASummer Session2011
La Pier & AssociatesN/AQualified Administrator of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests2010
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Seattle Pacific UniversityCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Oh Behave! Etiquette for Young ProfessionalsEttiquette in personal and professional lifeN/A