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Claire McNamara


Claire’s practice is focused on trial and appellate litigation on behalf of public, private, and non-profit clients.

Before joining Pacifica, Claire served as a judicial clerk to Judge Jill Johanson of Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals. Claire is committed to public service and social justice. During law school, Claire volunteered with the International Refugee Assistance Project and externed with the ACLU litigation team. Claire also represented juvenile defendants in the Seattle University Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic and helped secure clemency for an adult client serving a life sentence without parole.

Claire is a native of Tucson, Arizona but has made the Pacific Northwest her home. She and her scruffy dog live in Capitol Hill. Claire teaches and practices yoga, is an avid reader, and enjoys cycling, hiking, dancing, concerts, and content-heavy, chatter-lite podcasts.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington


  • Scripps College, B.A., English (major), Psychology (minor) cum laude
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (Managing Editor, Seattle Journal for Social Justice, President, Dispute Resolution Board, Dean’s Medal & Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Kellye Y. Testy Scholarship for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership, Mary Wechsler American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Washington Scholarship for Social Justice in Family Law)

Speaking Engagements & Presentations:

  • Appellate Practice Section Presentation, “Dealing with the Large Record on Appeal,” February 2016


  • Seattle Journal for Social Justice, A Call for Reform of Gun Rights Legislation and Policies to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors (Published Fall 2014, Volume 13, Issue 2)

Community Involvement:

  • OneAmerica and the American Immigration Lawyers Association Citizenship Day Pro Bono Volunteer, 2010—present
  • Cascade Bicycle Club Volunteer, 2016—present
  • Pramila Jayapal for Congress Campaign Volunteer, 2016

Professional Organizations:

  • Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee for the Western District of Washington Federal Bar Association