Kristina E. Southwell, Associate
  • Kristina Southwell was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After earning her Bachelor of Arts at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, she received her JD from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. During her law school years, she spent her time building a solid foundation of legal experience through internships with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, the US Department of Justice, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Prior to joining GTH, Kristina clerked for Judge Bradley Maxa of the Washington Court of Appeals in Tacoma, where she performed legal research, wrote advisory memoranda, and edited drafts of judicial opinions. A natural problem solver, she now welcomes the challenge of untangling complex legal issues to find simple solutions to complicated situations in the areas of business, employment, insurance, environmental, and product-liability litigation.

    When she’s not hiking and camping the wilds of Washington, Kristina enjoys sampling the excellent coffee and craft beer that are found in the more urban locales here. She’s an enthusiastic sports fan who loyally follows the Indiana University Hoosiers basketball teams, optimistically roots for the Mariners, and diplomatically supports both the Seahawks and her hometown favorites, the Philadelphia Eagles. Someday, she’d like to travel to New Zealand to marvel at the natural beauty, do some serious hiking, and pet some sheep.


  • Education

    • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, cum laude, 2015
    • Indiana Law Journal - Articles Editor (2014-2015) Associate (2013-2014)
    • B.A., Hood College, magna cum laude, 2012

    Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

    • Washington State

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    • Washington State Bar Association

    Professional History

    • Washington Court of Appeals, Division II, Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Bradley A. Maxa, 2015-2017
    • Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Law Clerk - Civil Litigation Division, 2015
    • U.S. Department of Justice, Law Intern, Office of Information Policy, 2014
    • Supreme Court of the United States, Law Intern, Office of Reporter of Decisions, 2013
    • Maryland State's Attorney's Office, Intern, Victims Witness Coordinator, 2011

    Honors & Awards

    • Highest grade in class, Pre-Trial Litigation; Dean’s Honors (Spring 2013, 2014)
    • Graduated magna cum laude; Honors Program Participant; Janice Cole Writing Prize; AHANA-I Diversity Award; Logic Prize (Department of Philosophy)


    • Pierce County Lawyer, March/April 2018 issue, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, "The European Union's New Data Privacy Law: A Very Different Approach".

Areas of Practice

  • Pioneer Square
  • Duwamish Waterway and brown field cleanup
  • Tacoma Arches at the History Museum
  • Reflection pond by the Tacoma Glass Museum
  • Fireboats on the Seattle Waterfront
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1201 Pacific Ave, #2100, Tacoma, WA 98402
Telephone: 253.620.6500  Fax: 253.620.6565


One Union Square, 600 University St, #2100, Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: 206.676.7500  Fax: 206.676.7575