Professional Experience

Pauline Smetka has a general trial practice with an emphasis on construction defect litigation as well as personal injury and property damage claims. In more than 24 years in practice, she has tried to a verdict more than 30 cases involving damage claims ranging from a few thousand dollars to a few million dollars—representing individuals and both small and large businesses. In addition, Pauline has resolved hundreds of cases through pre-trial motions, arbitrations and mediations.

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Associations: Washington State, King County, and American Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Community Involvement

  • Co-Founder and Former President, Seattle Infant Development Center


  • Chair, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Section on Construction (2005)
  • Co-Chair, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers 2005 Annual Update on Construction Law


“Disposition of Options, Retirement and Other Future Benefits” — Complex Property Division, Washington State Bar Association Seminar Handbook 338 (July 1993)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Bar (1980)
  • U. S. Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for Western District of Washington


Pauline enjoys gardening, travel, sewing and reading.

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