Carol Vaughn

Carol Vaughn has a litigation practice (trial and appellate) focusing on trust, probate, guardianship and vulnerable adult protection cases. She is a graduate of Smith College (1983; magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School (1986). Ms. Vaughn was a legal aid attorney with Evergreen Legal Services and Northwest Justice Project before joining Thompson & Howle. In 2003, she was awarded a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship from Harvard Law School. She currently serves on the WSBA Amicus Brief Committee and formerly chaired this Committee. Her reported appellate decisions include: Estate of Kessler, 95 Wn. App. 358 (1999) (will contest upholding validity of will); In re Custody of Halls, 126 Wn. App. 599 (2005) (contempt); Estate of Haviland (Haviland I), 162 Wn. App. 548 (2011) (will contest invalidating will for undue influence); and Estate of Haviland (Haviland II), 177 Wn.2d 68 (2013) (interpreting slayer statute amendments relating to financial exploitation of vulnerable adults). The publication WASHINGTON LAW AND POLITICS named her as a “Super Lawyer” from 2014 through 2017, and among Washington’s “Top 50” women attorneys in 2015 and 2017.



Harvard School of Law, graduated 1986

Smith College, graduated 1983

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1986

United States District Court
Western District of Washington, 1992

United States District Court
Eastern District of Washington, 2004

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2002


Carol Vaughn
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