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Patricia A. Laughman

Attorney

Patricia is a member of Cairncross & Hempelmann's Litigation Group and represents design firms, owners, and consultants, as well as clients involved in employment-related disputes.  She also brings experience and interest in litigation arising out of environmental projects.

Patricia’s clients include individuals, local businesses, and larger corporations involved in complex commercial disputes, construction litigation, common law employment, wage and hour law matters, and land use and environmental litigation.

Patricia manages all aspects of the litigation process and has substantial experience with complex written and document discovery and depositions.  She also has the expertise necessary to effectively use expert discovery to her clients' benefit.  Her clients also benefit from her ability to provide practical, actionable legal counsel relating to risk management and dispute resolution. 

Introduction

Patricia is a member of Cairncross & Hempelmann's Litigation Group and represents design firms, owners, and consultants, as well as clients involved in employment-related disputes.  She also brings experience and interest in litigation arising out of environmental projects.

Patricia’s clients include individuals, local businesses, and larger corporations involved in complex commercial disputes, construction litigation, common law employment, wage and hour law matters, and land use and environmental litigation.

Patricia manages all aspects of the litigation process and has substantial experience with complex written and document discovery and depositions.  She also has the expertise necessary to effectively use expert discovery to her clients' benefit.  Her clients also benefit from her ability to provide practical, actionable legal counsel relating to risk management and dispute resolution. 

Education

  • Western Washington University (B.A., Economics and Environmental Studies, 2005)
  • Western Washington University (M.A., Political Science and Environmental Studies, 2007)
  • Vermont Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2013)
    • Vermont Law Review, Head Notes Editor (2012-2013), Staff Editor (2011-2012)
    • Outstanding Law Student Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers
    • Academic Excellence Award for CERCLA Law and Policy

Admissions

  • Washington
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • US District Court, Western District of Washington
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • US District Court, District of Massachusetts

Awards/Honors and Organizational Memberships

  • King County Bar Association, Member

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Author, "States of Environmental Justice: Redistributive Politics Across the US, 1993-2004," Review of Policy Research, Vol. 32(2), 200 (March 2015)
  • Author, "The Aftermath of Irene: Organic Farming, Consumer Protection and Revising Federal Policies," 14 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 303 (2012)

Personal

  • Volunteer, Conservation Northwest, Seattle, WA
    • Board of Directors, Secretary (2016-present)