Catherine graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a degree in communications and public relations. She is a 1993 graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law. She has been practicing law in Yakima since 1993, limiting her practice to family law and mediation. She was a sole practitioner from 1997 until 2015, when Lauren Ellis joined her as an associate attorney.
Catherine’s areas of practice include divorce, child custody, parenting plan and child support modifications, parentage proceedings, third party custody and mediation. Catherine has been recognized nationally by Martindale-Hubble with its top mark, an “AV Preeminent” rating, for outstanding legal ability and ethical standards.
Catherine is a member of the Family Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association as well as the Yakima County Bar Association. She became a certified mediator in 1995 and was the President of the Board of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties for several years. She is actively involved in her community, currently serving on the Downtown Yakima Business Improvement Advisory board.
Catherine has been married to her husband since 1993 and has 2 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping and being outdoors. She is an avid University of Washington husky fan and enjoys attending football and basketball games.
Lauren graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012 with a degree in sociology and a minor in political science. During college, she volunteered as a CASA for Pierce County. She played goalkeeper for the Women’s Soccer Team for Pacific Lutheran University. She graduated from law school at University of Idaho College of Law in 2015. During her 3rd year in law school, she received a limited law license and participated in the school’s mediation clinic, which provides mediation services to low-income clients.
Lauren has been a certified mediator since 2014. She passed the Idaho State Bar in 2015 and is licensed to practice law in Idaho. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Idaho State Bar Association. She passed the Washington State Bar in 2016 and actively practices law in Washington State. Lauren began working for Catherine Lighty September 2015, and limits her practice to family law and mediation as well.
Lauren was born in Yakima and attended LaSalle High School. She married her husband, Lee Ellis, in 2015. They live in Yakima where they enjoy hiking with their dog, spending time with family, and being outdoors.