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Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    19 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Domestic Violence: 30%
    19 years, 500 cases

Attorney endorsements

9 total 

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  • Patrick C Cook

    I have known Cathleen for more than 15 years. As an attorney that has litigated many many cases with attorney Cathleen on the opposing side, I can say that she is smart, thoughtful and resourceful in all aspects of a case. It is obvious that she cares about her clients and works hard for results. She has extensive experience in the courtroom and a track record of success defending clients. I endorse and highly recommend this attorney.


    Patrick Cook Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Kimberly Exe

    Cathy has been a formidable presence in the criminal defense bar in King County for many years. She is a highly effective advocate for her clients and a powerful voice in the defense community. Her clients benefit from her talent, smarts and courage. I recommend her unconditionally.


    Kimberly Exe Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

600 1st Ave Ste 106
Seattle, WA, 98104-2287


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Merit ScholarshipSeattle University School of Law1996
Merit ScholarshipSeattle University School of Law1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCathy Gormley PLLC2008 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices Of Jeffrey H. Smith2007 - 2008
Senior Public DefenderAssociated Counsel for the Accused1997 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. J.M.K.State reduced to two misdemeanors with credit for time served.
State v. M.D.State declined to file charges
State v. T.J.dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Cornell Law SchoolInternational LawN/A1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Public Defender TrainingTrial Advocacy2014
Hot Topics in Criminal DefenseAggravating Factors and Sentencing2014
Handling a Complex Federal CaseInvestigating a Criminal Case Abroad2014
Ohio Public Defender Cross Examination ProgramCross Examination2012
National Public Defender TrainingTrial Advocacy2010
Federal Defender CJAChallenging Relevant Conduct in an Evidentiary Hearing2010
King County Public Defender Trial Advocacy ProgramTrial Advocacy2009
King County Public Defender Trial Advocacy ProgramTrial Advocacy2008