Kathleen L. Royer
Northwest Family Mediation & Consultation
1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
Court Commissioner Pro Tempore: King County Superior Court, Juvenile, Ex Parte and Family Law
Departments 1998 – present.
Mediator: King County Office of Prosecuting Attorney, Family Support Section, 2001 – 2002; King
County Volunteer Settlement Program, 2001 – present; Private practice 2001 – present.
LAW PRACTICE/LEGAL EXPERIENCE *
Carol Bailey & Associates, Seattle, WA
Associate: Manage family law case load including collaborative law and mediation. January
2008 – December2009.
Law Office of J. Mark Weiss, Seattle, WA
Associate: Manage family law case load including child/family/education issues and mediation.
October 2002 – 2007.
Linn, Schisel & DeMarco, Seattle, WA
Associate: Managed family law case load including child/family/education issues. Emphasis in
dependency, adoption, and special education. GAL appointments for minor settlements. Court
appearances in Superior Court, Federal Court, and U.S and State Court of Appeals. June1998 –
Kathleen L. Royer, Attorney at Law, Seattle, WA
Sole Practitioner: Managed all aspects of family law practice Emphasis in dependency,
guardianship, and adoption. GAL appointments in guardianship, dependency, and minor
settlements. 1992 - 1993; March 1995 – May 1998.
Eric B. Watness and Associates, Seattle, WA
Associate: Managed case load in family law practice. Emphasis in dependency, guardianship,
and adoption. GAL appointments in parentage matters. January 1994 – February1995.
Office of the Public Defender, Seattle, WA
Legal Intern: Participated in all aspects of two misdemeanor trials. Made appearances on
readiness, bench warrant and arraignment calendars. Represented client at probation hearing.
Researched and drafted motion to suppress evidence in VUCSA case. Fall 1991.
Office of the Attorney General, Everett, WA
* WSBA #21435. Also admitted to practice in Federal District Court of Western Washington; United States Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit; United States Supreme Court.
Law Clerk I: Presented dependency, shelter care and adoption review orders in juvenile court.
Negotiated agreed orders. Presented pre-trial motion and appeared for contested shelter care
hearing. Prepared and conducted expert witness deposition for trial re: termination of parental
rights. June 1991 - August 1991.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/PRESENTATIONS/ COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section Executive Committee, June 2008 – present.
KCBA Representative on Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee, Jan 2007 – 2008.
Commission on Children in Foster Care Unified Family Court Workgroup, member March 2007 –
KCBA Representative on Operational Master Plan Work Group, Feb. 2006 – Fall 2006;
KCBA Family Law Section: Past-chair 2004- 2005; Chairperson, 2003 – 2004; Vice-chair 2002-2003;
Secretary 2001-2002; Liaison for UFC Training Oversight Committee 2000 –June 2006; Legislative
Subcommittee September 1996 - 1998; member since March 1993.
King County Bench/Bar Unified Family Court Project Training and Education Oversight
Committee: Co-chair June 2000 –April 2006, member October 1996 – April 2006.
South King County Bar Association: member since 2000.
King County Bar Association CLE – Family Law A - Z - “Temporary Orders” – October 2008 and
Washington State Bar Association CLE – Family Law Mid-Year – Defending and compelling
Discovery” June 2009.
Washington State Bar Association CLE – Family Law Skills Training – “Opening the File/Initial
Client Interview” April 2009.
King County Bar Association CLE – Discovery in Family Law – „Defending Against Discovery
Requests” December 2008.
King County Bar Association CLE – Ex Parte Practice Tips – “Family Law in the Ex Parte
Department” November 2004.
King County Bar Association Clinics CLE – Kinship Care Solutions – “Indian Child Welfare Act”
June 2004 and June 2005.
Washintgon State Bar Association CLE – “Ethics For Family Law” December 2003.
Washington State Bar Association CLE – Family Law Fall Seminar – “Children with Special
Needs” September 2003.
King County Bar Association CLE - The Nuts and Bolts of Ex Parte Practice – “Family Law
Practice in the Ex Parte Department”, December 2001.
Washington Law School Foundation CLE - Grandparents and Relatives Raising Children:
Presenter, “Third Party Custody: Nuts and Bolts”, June 2001.
Autism Society of Washington, General meeting presentation – “The Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act”, October 2001.
FEAT of Washington, General meeting presentation - “The Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act”, November 2001.
FEAT of WashingtonWorkshop - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Presenter,
UFC Training Oversight Committee CLE: Presenter, “The Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act”, February 2000.
KCBA Fourth Annual Family Law Institute: Co-Presenter, “Unified Family Court and Your
Practice”, December 1997.
West Hill Community Council: President, Board of Directors May 2002 – 2005; Board member June
2005 – April 2006.
West Hill Governance Task Force, Co-Chair April 2004 – Oct. 2005.
King County Commission on Governance, Unincorporated Urban Area Representative, July 2003 –
Treehouse for Kids: Member Legislative Advocacy Committee May 2001 – 2003.
Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Washington: Member of the Board of Directors,
January 2000 – December 2001.
Kent School District Community Truancy Board: Boardmember, August 1998 – June 2001.
KCBA/ New Beginnings, & Northwest Women's Law Center Family Law Consultation Clinic:
Volunteer attorney, June 1994 – August 1996.
KCBA Family Law Mentor Program: Volunteer attorney, September 1992 - March 1994.
KCBA Volunteer Legal Services: Volunteer, Volunteer Attorneys for People With AIDS April 1989 –
San Francisco Community Boards: Volunteer, neighborhood dispute resolution board June 1987-
Arts for the Elderly: Volunteer driver, September 1984 – April 1987.
Seattle University (formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law), Tacoma, WA
Juris Doctor, December 1991.
Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, June 1981.
Teen Hope, Shoreline, WA
Youth and Family Mediation Certification, February 2006.
Washington Law School Foundation, Seattle, WA
Professional Mediation Skills Certification, October 2001.
Capitol Business College, Olympia, WA
Adjunct Faculty: Taught legal writing, business law, contracts, and criminal law for paralegal
training and business programs. June 1992 - April 1994.
Document Retrieval Service, Seattle, WA
Owner/Operator: Operated all aspects of pull-and-copy service for client libraries by accessing
University of Washington campus libraries to provide requested documents. January 1989 -
San Francisco Conservation Corps, San Francisco, CA
Project Manager: Secured and administered $900,000 federal block grant from the Mayor's
Office of Community Development. Coordinated project sponsors and architects to develop and
implement community landscape/improvement projects with budgets from $15,000 – 75,000.
Secured competitive bidding for subcontracts. Coordinated special projects including a work day
in Golden Gate Park with Marin, East Bay, California and San Francisco Conservation Corps.
May 1986 - May 1988.
Work Supervisor: Led crew of inner city, young adults on community landscape/improvement
projects. Coordinated drivers for Arts for the Elderly. Led corpsmember exchange with City
Volunteer Corps, New York, NY. Developed corpsmember handbook for the City Volunteer
Corps. Coordinated facility operations for first Annual Conference of the National Association
of Service and Conservation Corps, San Francisco, CA. March 1984 - April 1986.
United States Peace Corps, Liberia
Project Assistant, U.S.A.I.D.: Trained and supervised technicians in zero tillage rice cultivation.
Developed mud stove construction training project consisting of workshops for Peace Corps
Liberia, the United Nations Development Program Village Self Help Project, and a European
Economic Community agriculture project. December 1981 - November 1983.