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 previously served on and chaired the WSBA Amicus Brief 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). She was named to the Washington Super Lawyers list from 2014 through 2019, as well as the Top 100 Lawyers in Washington State and the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington State. In 2019, she was named Best Lawyers® 2019 Probate and Trust Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Seattle.



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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