Senior Associate Attorney
Kristen Barnhart is a senior associate in the Seattle office of Holt Woods & Scisciani LLP. Ms. Barnhart provides civil litigation defense for clients in Washington State for a variety of claims, including construction defect, breach of contract, premises liability, products liability, tort and general insurance defense. Kristen has a demonstrated ability to resolve complex, multi-party cases utilizing a strategic balance of litigation and alternative dispute resolution techniques.
Kristen has worked in various downtown Seattle litigation firms beginning in 2007, successfully defending clients in high-value lawsuits involving complicated and novel legal issues. As a result, she is highly skilled in navigating claims relating to contract law, negligence, and the Independent Duty Doctrine. Through her extensive experience as a litigator, Kristen has successfully obtained defense verdicts absolving her clients of liability, secured dismissals of claims through summary judgment, apportioned liability to appropriate third parties and strategically positioned cases for early resolution through targeted discovery and expert investigations.
Kristen has had a lifelong passion for law and has devoted her career to providing clients with excellent counseling and advocacy. Kristen is known for her ability to build a rapport with clients from all walks of life, which includes providing clients not only with an understanding of the legal process as their case unfolds, but with consistent support and advice during what is often a uniquely challenging and difficult time.
While externing for the Honorable N. Randy Smith at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Kristen became a proficient and skilled writer, regularly preparing memoranda for appeals and en banc hearings involving nuanced and highly contested legal issues. These skills have continued to evolve through Kristen’s practice and can be observed through her effective and persuasive written advocacy during litigation.
In her free time, Kristen volunteers for the King County Neighborhood Legal Clinic and enjoys spending time outdoors on Whidbey Island.