Attorney Christopher Kattenhorn was recently named partner and together with Bill Kirk manages Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn. Christopher joined the firm in 2010 after serving as a public defender in several municipalities throughout Puget Sound, including the cities of Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish and Kent. During his tenure as a public defender, Christopher handled hundreds of cases through all phases of the criminal process, from arraignments through motions and trials. He has earned a reputation as a strong courtroom presence and vigorous advocate for his clients.
Christopher earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law where he served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association. He is an active alumni and volunteers in the legal writing program and also serves as a judge in the mock trial program. Christopher earned his B.A. at Seattle Pacific University, receiving the Dean's scholarship and graduating with a major in Communication. While at SPU, he served in a variety of humanitarian relief projects, ranging from a refugee camp in Albania to the jungles of Papua, Indonesia.
Christopher developed his passion for criminal defense during law school where he served as a practicing legal intern for Stewart Beall MacNichols & Harmell. His entire legal career has been devoted to representing those accused of DUI's and other misdemeanor cases. In 2016 he was again recognized as a "Rising Star" in the field of DUI defense by Super Lawyers Magazine and has recently been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers as well as the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, Washington State Bar Association and the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
In September 2016 Christopher was elected to serve on the national Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign. With over 1.5 million members, HRC is the nation's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ individuals.