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Both of my parents served in the United States Navy and as a result, my two younger brothers and I were raised all over the country. After living in many different places and never having a “hometown,” I am happy to call Bellingham home and raise my two boys here with my husband, who is a Whatcom County native.

I first came to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University, where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Health and a minor in Sociology. While at Western, I coached Girls on the Run, volunteered as a Peer Health Educator and played competitive ultimate Frisbee on both collegiate and club teams. It was on the ultimate Frisbee field that I first met my husband.

After working in Bellingham for a year after my undergraduate studies, I attended Gonzaga University School of Law, where I graduated Cum Laude. While at Gonzaga, I volunteered for the Unemployment Law Project, representing clients in hearings and written appeals to obtain unemployment benefits.

I also interned for a Spokane County Superior Court Judge and had summer internships in Bellingham, at LAW Advocates and a local law firm. Additionally, I coached Gonzaga’s undergraduate women’s ultimate Frisbee team and served in student leadership for the Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project (GPILP).

I was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2009. I joined Shepherd and Abbott in 2012, after having worked at another local law firm for three years prior. I am grateful to work with such competent, ethical and passionate colleagues, all of whom work diligently to help our clients attain their justice.

I am a member of the Whatcom County Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers (Whatcom County Chapter), and the Washington Association of Justice (WSAJ).


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 20%
    1 year
  2. Litigation: 20%
    1 year
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    1 year
  4. Divorce: 20%
    6 years
  5. Other: 20%
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  • Jamia Burns

    I had the pleasure of working with Bethany when she was focused on Employment Law and Personal Injury. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and a wonderful person. I highly recommend her for all litigation matters.


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Contact info

Shepherd and Abbott

2011 Young St Ste 202
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4052


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyShepherd and Abbott2012 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Women LawyersMember2010 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2010 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Estate of LangelandN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Western Washington UniversityCommunity HealthBS - Bachelor of Science2004