Katrin E. Frank

Practice Emphasis and ExperienceAttorney Frank

Civil Rights
Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
Immigration Law
Professional Licensing and Disciplinary Proceedings
Legislative Affairs / Public Policy Advocacy

Kay has been a member of MacDonald Hoague & Bayless since 1985, after clerking for Washington State Supreme Court Justices Robert F. Utter and William Callow.  Her practice focuses on employment, discrimination, sexual harassment, and civil rights at the trial and appellate levels, and immigration.  Kay has represented private and public sector employees throughout Washington in state and federal court, and has litigated several federal civil rights class actions.  Kay has been a frequent speaker at employment law seminars and has served on the Employment Law Subcommittee of the Washington Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions.

Kay is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell*, the highest rating obtainable by members of the legal community.

Professional and Civic Involvement

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (Past President and current Legal Committee member)
Board of the Legal Foundation of Washington (President, 2002-04)
King County Bar Association (Past Chair, Young Lawyers Division)
Employment Subcommittee, Washington Pattern Jury Instructions, Washington Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions (Member)
Editorial Board, Washington State Trial Lawyers, Employment Law Deskbook (1997-2003)
Washington State Bar Association
Washington Women Lawyers
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Washington Employment Lawyers Association
Washington State Association for Justice
Seattle Police Department Intelligence Auditor, 1990-97
Member, Planning Advisory Committee on Desegregation, Seattle School District (1987-88)
Board Member, Washington Poverty Law Advocates (1987-1994)
Member, Victim Witness Advocacy Program, Seattle Police Department (1979-1981)
Board Member, Citizen Dispute Settlement Project (1978-1981)
Mayoral Appointee, Citizens’ Police Chief Selection Committee (1978)
Convener and Supervisor, Help for Women (1977-78)


Simmons College, B.S., 1965
University of Puget Sound School of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 1984
Lead Articles Editor, University of Puget Sound Law Review, 1982-84

Bar/Court Admissions

Washington State Bar, 1984
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1984
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1990
U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

Honors and Awards

kay best lawyer

  • Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
  • Cynthia Gillespie Award—Northwest Women’s Law Center, 1997 (recognizing her many contributions to advancing women’s legal rights)
  • First recipient of the King County Domestic Violence Coalition Leadership Award, 1983
  • Super Lawyer 2003 – Present
  • Newsmaker of Tomorrow:  Sponsored by Time Magazine and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce (1978)


Proficient in French