About Carry Porter
Early in her legal career, Carry Porter worked to bring running water to Native American reservation homes. This work made her feel that she was making a positive contribution in the lives of others. This, in turn, led her to family law as a career choice, knowing that her advocacy on behalf of her clients would enable them to begin a better life.
"Making a concrete difference in the daily lives of others was a major deciding factor in converting to family law. It’s a privilege to be able to help people create a life for themselves that is new and exciting."
Carry states that she likes to be “over prepared” for her cases. She makes certain that her clients feel the same way. And while she is a tenacious litigator, she tries to avoid litigation whenever possible.
Passionate about working with domestic violence survivors, Carry has served as a Family Law Fellow with the Eastside Legal Assistance Program. She is gratified when she can help those who are emerging from various forms of abuse when ending a relationship.
"I have found great joy in helping people find their voice, their footing, and themselves again.”
In addition to cases involving domestic violence, Carry is a leading practitioner in the area of minor guardianship, formerly referred to as nonparental custody. She wrote the chapter on the new law governing these cases for the Washington Lawyer’s Practice Manual and has educated other attorneys on the topic.
On top of her family law practice, Carry is mediator who serves as a neutral facilitator of family law negotiations. She also resolves family law matters as an arbitrator.
Carry has volunteered with the Mountaineers for twenty years teaching climbing, kayaking, and hiking. She also loves motorcycling and is learning how to ride a dirt bike.Next >>
- Member, Washington State Bar Association
- Member, King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Pro Bono Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law, 2022
- Attorney Mentor, Eastside Legal Assistance Program, 2020 – present
- Volunteer Mediator, King County Volunteer Settlement Program, 2020 – present
- Vice President of Outdoor Centers, Board of Directors, Mountaineers, 2016 – present
- Family Law Fellow, Eastside Legal Assistance Program, 2015 – 2016
- Volunteer Attorney, Washington First Responder Will Clinic, 2010 – 2016
- JD, Seattle University School of Law
- B.A., University of Washington
Publications & Presentations
- Chief Author, Minor Guardianships Chapter, Washington Lawyer’s Practice Manual, King County Bar Association, 2021
- Content Editor, Chapter 9: Domestic Relations Practice, 2019 Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, King County Bar Association, 2020
- Co-chair and Presenter, Title 11 Minor Guardianship Training CLE, King County Bar Association, April 2021
- Presenter, “Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado Water Rights Settlement,” Seattle University School of Law, 2012
- Presenter, “Doing Business in Indian Country,” King County Bar Association, 2011