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Kathryn N Potvin

Workers compensation Attorney at Olympia, WA

5.0   4 reviews
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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 20 years
    Nevada - NV 24 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NV
    Acquired 1999
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    Representing injured workers in Washington State Department of Labor and Industries or Self-Insured Employer claims.

    24 years

  2. Personal injury
    Representing victims of car accidents, pharmacy error, trucking accidents, slip and falls, and harmful products.

    24 years

  3. Car accident


Olympia, Washington is my home town.  After law school, I practiced in Las Vegas, Nevada for about 8 years in the areas of workers compensation and personal injury.  I then decided to return to my home town and joined the firm of Putnam Lieb to continue working on behalf of injured persons.


At Putnam Lieb, we take the insult out of injury.  When you've been injured on the job, in an auto accident, or because of someone else's negligence, the challenges of recovery can be overwhelming.  At Putnam Lieb, we put our experience to work to ensure our case is tailored to YOUR needs.  There aren't any cookie-cutter approaches at Putnam Lieb.  We personally involve ourselves in helping you restore your life. 


We have successfully managed over 10,000 cases and will continue to represent those who need help in the Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pierce, and King Counties. 

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Kathryn N Potvin


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Posted by Christine | August 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kathryn Potvin: I couldn't be happier with anyone else, she supports me, and she never gives up, or backs down. The BEST!
Kathryn Potvin has been my Lawyer for over three years, and she's still going strong. Labor & Industries never wanted to accept my claim, they also wanted to do as little as possible. Kathryn Potvin has never let them walk over me, she always has my back, and she supports me. Without her I would still be, "broken, and in much more physical distress." Labor & Industries would like to just dismiss everything, I implore you, don't let them do it! Sure, hiring a lawyer costs you money, but doing it yourself, you'll get denied almost every single time, choose Kathryn Potvin, I guarantee you that she will fight for you, and she will make sure you get what you need. Currently my case is still ongoing, and that's because of her great works, Labor & Industries would have dismissed me 3 years ago. Today I have been able to get my much-needed medical procedures done, and have time loss benefits paid to me, rather than just having to quit my job and be left broken, with nothing. God Bless Kathryn Potvin!
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Posted by Charles | October 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond the Best Ever
Kathryn is by far the best choice for an Attorney. My husband’s original Attorney had commercials on TV. He needed someone right away and had no idea where to go. He never spoke directly to the Attorney representing him; it was always the paralegal or person just out of school. In a pinch they got him through the immediate issues. When my husband found Kathryn he switched immediately. She reviewed his case and was able to recover over 3000.00 of back benefits the other firm said was unrecoverable. She is extremely efficient and makes sure all of your options are pursued even when you have no idea they exist. He has never had to ask, “what about this”? She has helped with other issues related to his injury but not attached to his case. Her expertise is reassuring and stress relieving. The entire staff are caring, concerned and provide personal attention. They are always super nice and professional with a comforting touch. We are beyond grateful for her brilliance and proficient service. She is his Attorney forever!!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2015
Kathryn Potvin has earned our highest recommendation
When my husband was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident and airlifted to trauma center 100 miles away, I had many decisions to make quickly while under tremendous stress. Flight-for-life helicopter trips, neurosurgery intensive care unit with round-the-clock one-on-one nursing care, orthopedic surgeons ....I knew the future, whether he lived or not, depended on me making the right decisions, and I knew I needed help. Within 24 hours, Kathryn Potvin was representing my husband and working on his case. From the first time I spoke with her on the phone until the settlement agreement was signed (many months later), Kathryn was always a phone call away and on top of every potential issue. She provided sound advice and guidance through the entire process. The open, available, clear, consistent, reassuring way that Kathryn communicates is also ever present with the entire office staff -- they are stellar! Any question, any concern, any need to vent or rant -- anytime my calls or in-person visits were always welcomed and I got the information I needed. Brilliant, experienced, highly skilled, realistic, kind, compassionate, passionate, personal attention. While no amount of money could ever compensate for the physical and personal injuries suffered or the permanent disabilities that are part of daily life, Kathryn made it possible for us to have a life. We are satisfied with the outcome, and are grateful for the opportunity to have Kathryn and her staff represent us. Absolutely the best choice for a personal injury attorney; Kathryn Potvin has the skills and experience to negotiate with a large global corporation and secure a favorable outcome for her clients.
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Posted by Nena | April 22, 2015
Trustworthy, Truthful, Totally the Lawyer you would want!
Kathy Potvin presents well as an Attorney that is ALWAYS going to do her best at all times for the case at hand. She has never judged me, lied to me, dismissed my needs or wants for my case. I am treated with much respect. My case is very convoluded with many roadblocks and controversial medical issues wrapped up in my nightmare case. She is a "Winner” and now as a Partner at Putnam/ Lieb/ Potvin. She has made her mark on the Thurston County Community as A "Star" when things appear to be so very dim and discouraging, Kathy Potvin DIGS in ... representing and winning cases and the Love and Respect of her clients. I know this, as I am probably her worst nightmare of a Case. She is chosen family to me and I am very fortunate that this firm has stuck it out with me and Kathy Potvan is my Attorney FOREVER..She's is "FABULOUS".Check her Out!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 10%-33%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Putnam Lieb Potvin
  • 2007 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Craig Kenny & Associates
  • 1999 - 2007
  • Extern / Clerk
  • US District Court - District of Nevada
  • 1998 - 1999


  • Arizona State University
  • J.D.
  • 1999
  • California Lutheran University
  • B.A.
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Vredenburg v. sedgwick CMS, 124 Nev. 553, 188 P.3d 1084 (2008).
  • Win. The Court awarded industrial insurance benefits to the surviving widow.
  • MGM Mirage v. Cotton, 121 Nev. 396, 116 P.3d 56 (2005)
  • Win. The Nevada State Supreme Court adopted the premises-related exception to the going and coming rule and awarded the worker benefits.
  • Grover C. Dils Medical Center v. Menditto, 121 Nev. 278, 112 P.d 1093 (2005)
  • Favorable. The Court more clearly defined the last injurious exposure rule for the State of Nevada making it easier for workers to properly file their claim.


  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Co-Chair
  • 2007 - Present
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Nevada State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Tier 1 Law Firm
  • US News & World Report
  • 2015
  • Tier 1 Law Firm
  • US News & World Report
  • 2014
  • Rising Stars of Washington
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Tier 1 Ranking - Best Law Firms
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2013
  • Rising Stars of Washington
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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  • Putnam Lieb Blog
  • various articles
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Last Chance C.L.E.
  • Workers Compensation Legal Updates
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Kathryn
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent attorney! I highly recommend her!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kathryn. She is a very thoughtful and professional lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kathryn is a very effective lawyer who does a very good job for her clients. If I am unable to help a potential client for some reason, I refer them to Kathryn's office."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kathy is very personable and accesible. She possesses a remarkable balance of compassion for her client and firmness with the opposing party."
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