Catherine Lighty, Attorney
Catherine graduated from the University of Washington in 1989 with a degree in communications and public relations. She is a 1993 graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law. She has been practicing law in Yakima since 1993, limiting her practice to family law and mediation. She was a sole practitioner from 1997 until 2015 when Lauren Ellis joined her as an associate attorney.
Catherine's areas of practice include divorce, child custody, parenting plan and child support modifications, parentage proceedings, third party custody, and mediation. Catherine has been recognized nationally by Martindale-Hubble with its top mark, an “AV Preeminent” rating, for outstanding legal ability and ethical standards.
Catherine is a member of the Family Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association as well as the Yakima County Bar Association. She became a certified mediator in 1995 and was the President of the Board of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties for several years. She is actively involved in her community, currently serving on the Downtown Yakima Business Improvement Advisory board.
Catherine has been married to her husband since 1993 and has 2 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping, and being outdoors. She is an avid University of Washington Husky fan and enjoys attending football and basketball games.