Theresa A. Goetz

Founding Member

About Theresa

Ms. Goetz' practice focuses on employment law (including the drafting, negotiating and enforcement of confidentiality and non-competition agreements) as well as real estate and construction law. Additionally, Ms. Goetz counsels women and minority owned businesses seeking certification under the state's Minority/Women Business Enterprise Program and the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, as well as certifications from national organizations such as the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. Ms. Goetz has been a speaker at various continuing legal education seminars regarding commercial landlord tenant issues, as well as to various trade organizations, such as the local chapters of the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers (ASHRAE) on her "Top Ten Tips to Avoid Lawyers." A competitive swimmer in college, Theresa maintains the desire to win and uses this to obtain the best results for her clients.

A former record holder in the 200 backstroke at Washington State University, Ms. Goetz is still an avid (albeit slower) swimmer, and enjoys gardening, gourmet cooking and downhill skiing in her spare time.

Licensed Courts

  • Washington, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2005

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, 1987, J.D.
  • Washington State University, 1984, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    • Double major: Journalism and Political Science
    • Academic All American First Team, University Division presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America, 1984
    • WSU Woman Athlete of Year, 1984
    • S. Towne Stephenson Scholar Award, 1984
  • University Honors Program National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1990

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice, Labor Practice Sections)
  • Washington State Bar Association (Corporate Counsel, Real Property, Debtor-Creditor and Labor and Employer's Law Practice Sections)
  • Washington Women Lawyers

Speaker and Lecturer

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry Building the Best Construction Lawyers, "The Perfect Pair or The Odd Couple? Challenges of Teaming Arrangements"
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (Puget Sound Chapter), "Top Ten Ways to Avoid Lawyers"
  • National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminars, "Residential and Commercial Evictions in Washington" and "Evictions and Landlord-Tenant Law in Washington"
  • In-house seminars for businesses regarding "The Top Ten Ways to Avoid Professional Liability"