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Heather L. Carr

Heather L. Carr

also known as Heather L. Proudfoot

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Reason: In-House Counsel

About me

Heather L. (Carr) Proudfoot is a dynamic, skilled attorney with extensive experience litigating a wide variety of employment, construction, commercial, coverage, civil rights, and other disputes.  For approximately twelve years, she has representedplaintiffs and defendants in complex cases and streamlined litigation at state and federal trial and appellate court levels as well as in arbitrations and early mediation.  She has obtained significant damage awards and settlements for plaintiffs, as well as de minimis settlements and defense verdicts for defendants.

Heather is a tenacious yet “likeable” litigation attorney. Herclients benefit from her innovative efforts to obtain resolution in the initial stages of conflict. They also rely on her aggressive and creative approaches to litigation when litigation is the chosen path.  Heather takes pride in long-standing client relationships, her cost-effective problem-solving, and successful advocacy. She knows that to resolve complex situations, special skills and experience, creativity, and the right balance of diplomacy, cooperation and aggression are required.  She knows that economical and efficient solutions are a top priority for clients

Heather is a fellow of theLitigation Trial Counsel of America, a “by invitation only” trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers and a “Superb”-rated Avvo attorney.

Representative Clients and Cases:

Commonwealth Insurance Company – Heather represented Commonwealth in a coverage and bad faith case against other insurers who failed to participate in the settlement and defense of one of Commonwealth’s insureds.  She has also been hired by Commonwealth to provide defenses for Commonwealth’s general contractor insureds.  Some such work required Heather to defend property and personal injury claims asserted by property owners while initiating and prosecuting cross-claims against the subcontractors who performed the defective work.

The City of Seattle - Heather has represented the City of Seattle in some of its most significant cases over the past decade, including multi-million dollar class actions arising from the WTO riots and other multi-million dollar class actions alleging profiling and constitutional violations.  She has also represented the City of Seattle and Seattle police officers in cases arising from officer-involved fatalities and abatement actions. 

The City of Des Moines – Heather defended negligence claims against the City of Des Moines in the highly-publicized case concerning the Vili Fualaau-Mary Kay LeTourneau relationship.

Ledcor Group of Companies – Heather has defended construction defect claims against Ledcor arising from alleged property loss, including million dollar claims involving water intrusion and mold. 

Farmer’s Insurance Group, Fireman’s Fund, Traveler’s, Western Surety – Heather has represented such companies during their investigations into possibly fraudulent claims.  She has also been hired by such companies on many occasions to provide litigate on behalf of their insureds.

Alcoa, Inc. – Heather has represented Alcoa, Inc. in a multitude of Washington and California-based cases alleging personal injury and wrongful death claims based upon products liability and premises liability theories.   




Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Melissa Kay Roeder

    Heather is in the top of her field.


    Melissa Roeder Defective and dangerous products Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I endorse this lawyer. Heather is an extremely intelligent, dedicated lawyer. Her commitment to her cases and clients is as good as I've seen.


    Ted Buck Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who Among Law ProfessionalsRecognized Member2010
Community Leadership AwardWashington Defense Trial Lawyers2009
FellowLitigation Counsel of America - Trial Lawyer Honorary Society2009
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Employee Relations ManagerSeatte City Light2012 - Present
ShareholderStafford Frey Cooper2000 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Defense Trial LawyersBoard of Trustees2011 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2009 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationCommittee of Law Examiners2007 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2004 - Present
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember2003 - Present
Washington Women LawyersMember2001 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
YMCABoard of AdvisorsN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Price v. City of Seattlede minimis settlement
Christensen Shipyards, LTD v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co., et al.Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Stafford Frey CooperTools of the Trade - Monthly Construction Newsletter2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Puget SoundSpanish and International RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the IssuesConstruction Contracts2012
Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the IssuesDamage Calculations and the Effects of Contract Provisions2011
Experts and EvidenceStrategies for Working With Evidence at Trial2011
Building Your Civil Trial SkillsGetting the Best Out of Witness Examination2011
Seattle Police Officers Guild Board of Directors & Shop Steward TrainingOfficer Involved Shootings2010
Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau's Annual ConferenceUse of Expert Evidence2010
Northwest Wall and Ceiling BureauTen Tips for Tough Times2009
National Business InstituteExperts and Evidence2009
American Subcontractors AssociationTen Tips for Tough Times2009
Motions Practice SeminarSuccessful Motions Practice2008
2008 Employment Law Legislative and Case Updates for WashingtonPolitical Discussion in the Workplace2008
Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your CaseStrategies for Working with Evidence at Trial2007
Employment Law UpdateEmployment Issues in the Paperless Workplace2007
How to Get Evidence and Expert Testimony Admitted into CourtEthics, Evidence and Experts; The Law of Expert Testimony2006
CLEDefeating Police Misconduct Claims2005
Getting Your Evidence and Expert Testimony Admitted into Court in WashingtonFees and the Expert Opinion; Avoiding Conflicts of Interest2005
CLEEthics Rule 1.8, Prohibited Transactions2003