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Catherine (Cat) N. L. Connell

Fax +1.206.623.7022
Cat Connell is an associate in the Private Clients, Trusts and Estates group in the firm’s Seattle office.

Ms. Connell’s practice includes estate planning; trust and estate administration; resolving estate and trust disputes; charitable giving; and gift, estate, generation-skipping, and property tax planning for individuals and businesses. She counsels individuals and families on their personal planning needs, including multi-generational wealth transfer, and fiduciaries on their duties in trust and estate administration matters. She is committed to identifying clients’ underlying needs and tailoring clients’ estate plans to address each specific circumstance.

Ms. Connell graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2016 and was the Editor in Chief of the Seattle University Law Review. She plays an active role in the community, serving on the Board of the Emerging Leaders Group of United Way King County and on the Outreach and Investments Committee of TeamChild.

Professional Background

Ms. Connell was a K&L Gates summer associate in 2015. Prior to coming to K&L Gates, Ms. Connell worked in the non-profit sector in direct service and program administration.


  • Dean’s Medal Recipient, Seattle University School of Law, 2016

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Presenter, Trusts A-Z, Dynasty/Generation Skipping Transfer Trusts, August 2017
  • Presenter, Trusts 101, Revocable Living Trusts, May 2017
  • Board Member, Emerging Leaders Group, United Way of King County
  • Board Member, Outreach and Investments Committee, TeamChild
  • Volunteer, Housing Justice Project
  • Co-author, “Reconsidering the History of Open Courts in the Digital Age,” 39 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1281, 2016