October 28, 2021
Get to Know Pacifica – Kymberly Evanson
This week in Pacifica’s “Get to Know” series, we are highlighting Kymberly Evanson. Kymberly is a partner and represents public, private, and not-for-profit clients in trial and appellate litigation matters, with a focus on constitutional, municipal, elections, and administrative law.
Why did you choose your area of practice and what do you like most about it?
I have always loved solving problems and advocating for solutions. Being a litigator gives me the opportunity to think creatively about complex issues and work closely with our fantastic clients across sectors and industries. In my municipal work, I love helping public entities solve problems with significant community impact.
Why did you choose to practice law at Pacifica Law Group?
I choose to practice at Pacifica because we have the privilege of representing so many outstanding public clients and northwest companies. My colleagues are smart and thoughtful, and our collegial atmosphere makes even the most challenging days of law practice rewarding. The firm’s commitment to the community aligns with my values and enables all members of the firm to pursue meaningful work in a supportive environment.
What kinds of volunteer, philanthropic, or community events are important to you?
As a volunteer with the Seattle Clemency Project, I recently represented a woman who was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a low-level non-violent robbery. Over the course of her eleven years in prison, she underwent a remarkable transformation, and pursued every educational and leadership opportunity available to her. After a change in the law in 2021, she became eligible for resentencing and release. I represented her in the resentencing process and had the honor of walking her out of prison after she was resentenced to time served. She is now thriving in the community. I am now working with another SCP client on a clemency petition.
Advancing women’s and LGBTQ rights has always been important to me. I began volunteering with Legal Voice as a pro bono attorney just out of law school and have continued that work throughout my career. I have now served on the Legal Voice Board of Directors for the past six years and appreciate the opportunity to give back to an organization engaged in such important community work.
What hobbies and activities do you participate in outside of work?
I love being outside with my family, especially cross-country skiing, camping, hiking and spending time on the water. I also love growing flowers and vegetables, attending theater and live music performances, and traveling. My three kids will tell you there is nothing I love more than planning a trip– whether its camping in Yellowstone or touring in Thailand, I love it all.