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As a single parent, Ms.Poplawski began her undergraduate work in Public Policy at Penn State University, then continuing on to graduate school at Harvard University, where Ms.Poplawski was already being recognized as an exceptional leader and confident communicator with a work ethic that was well-recognized by her peers. Her talents eventually made the journey from the east coast all the way to the Pacific Northwest to attend law school at Gonzaga University School of Law with her young son in tow.

Once at Gonzaga, Ms.Poplawski immediately began distinguishing herself as a leader by working at a level beyond what was expected. Because of her dedication to excellence, she was awarded a Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project summer grant to work with women and children in the Spokane community. After earning her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law, Ms.Poplawski began work at the Center for Justice where she practiced family law, employment law, and was supervising attorney for the Firm’s Community Advocacy Department.

Ms.Poplawski has built her reputation on the foundations of hard work and stellar representation of her clients and their interests. She has always been committed to highly attentive and aggressive representation. The local legal community has certainly taken notice to this exceptional work.

In 2002, Ms.Poplawski received a coveted two-year Equal Works Fellowship, chosen as one of only 40 selected nationwide for this prestigious fellowship in the United States. Ms.Poplawski’s reputation for exceptional legal representation continued to gain attention from the Washington legal community. In 2005, she was named the recipient of Myra Bradwell Award, a prestigious award from Gonzaga School of Law Women’s Law Caucus presented to an attorney who demonstrates courage and strength in the practice of law and is committed to representing the interests of women and children in the community. Previous recipients of the Myra Bradwell award include Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and State Appellate Court Judge Mary Fairhurst.

In 2013 the Inlander Magazine's reader's poll voted her Best Attorney of 2013.

Ms.Poplawski has continued to remain highly active in the community. In 2007, Ms.Poplawski received the Status Conference Advice Clinic Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award for 2013. She then recevied the Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award for 2014. She continues to volunteer every Thursday at the status confernce and show cause court dockets  helping pro se litigants navigate through the court system in assisting them in preparation of their final court documents. She has been a board member of the St. Joseph’s Family Center and received the Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Public Service Commendation Award in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Ms. Poplawski is the current ViceChair of the WSBA Character and FItness Board (Chair effective October 2015).

Ms.Poplawski is also a Pro Tem Commissioner in Spokane County District Court.

Prior to her legal career, Ms.Poplawski worked for the Pennsylvania State Senate, the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, and the American Red Cross.


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  1. Divorce: 100%
    1 year



Hourly ($250/hour), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Patrick Kie Fannin

    If I had to summarize Andrea in one word, exceptional. I mean that quite literally - she is a rare blend of talent, knowledge, drive and high ethics. That combination is exceptionally rare in any profession. I admire who she is as an attorney and as a person and am proud to know her. Andrea - our community is lucky to have you here.


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  • Jacqueline Porter

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Poplawski is one of the smartest, most aggressive lawyers we have in the Spokane area. I look to her for peer advice as she has an extremely impressive professional history.


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Bennett Block Building
530 West Main Street, Suite 201
Spokane, WA, 99201


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Volunteer Attorney of the YearSCBA VLP2015
Status Conference Volunteer Attorney of the YearSCBA VLP2014
2014 Top Lawyers- Family LawSpokane CDA Living Magazine2014
Best Attorney of 2013Inlander Magazine2013
Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2008
Status Conference Volunteer Lawyer of the YearSpokane County Volunteer Lawyers Association2007
Public Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2005
2005 Myra Bradwell AwardGonzaga University School2005
Equal Justice Works FellowshipEqual Justice Works2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawAndrea Poplawski2014 - Present
Of CounselOlive Bearb|Grelish PLLC2013 - 2014
AttorneyHarrington Law Office, PLLC2010 - 2013
AttorneyBurke Law Group, PLLC2007 - 2010
AttorneyCenter For Justice1999 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Character and Fitness BoardChair2015 - Present
WSBA Northwest Justice Project Board of TrusteesBoard Member2013 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationFamily Law Section Member2005 - Present
Spokane County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Character and Fitness BoardVice Chair2014 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Custody of A.C.The constitution and laws required that A.C. be immediately returned to his natural mother.  
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Publication nameTitleDate
Equal Justice Works2002 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Andrea Poplawski2002
Spokesman ReviewAn Unforgettable Day for Holly CorkN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawN/AN/A2001
Harvard UniversityN/AN/A1997
Pennsylvania State UniversityPublic PolicyBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Family LawContempt2013
Divorce Law Guide from A to ZDivorce Law Guide from A to Z2011