Theresa Dougherty

phone: 206-292-8008 | fax: 206-340-0289

Ms. Dougherty joined Holmes, Weddle & Barcott in 2006 after clerking for the Honorable Monica J. Benton, United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington while in law school. In 2012, Ms. Dougherty obtained a nursing degree and worked as an intensive care nurse in addition to her work as an attorney. This combined legal and medical background provides a powerful knowledge base for her practice.

Ms. Dougherty’s primary areas of practice include admiralty and maritime litigation, general civil litigation, and Washington workers’ compensation. While proficient in all aspects of civil litigation, Ms. Dougherty has achieved a reputation for her superior written advocacy. Exemplary works include:

     ‐ In case involving a $7.5 million yacht ravaged by fire while in a shipyard, artfully interpreted a ship repair contract and drafted a summary judgment motion resulting in a ruling that a $300,000 limitation provision did not apply, allowing yacht owner to potentially recover the full amount of damage, and placing yacht owner in ideal position for settlement negotiation. Lindeza Int’l v. Delta Marine Industries

      ‐ Following removal to federal court, crafted complex arguments regarding proper procedure under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards to defeat a motion to remand to state court in a case, resulting in litigation in the preferred forum and a favorable settlement. Miller v. Tri Marine

      ‐ Where a worker fell from a vessel onto marina’s dock, successfully defeated a petition for review to the Washington State Supreme Court that sought to classify the injured worker as a business invitee. Ralston v. Port of Port Angeles

      ‐ Where violation of OSHA crane regulations was alleged, formulated nuanced interpretation of the OSHA statutory scheme and authored compelling arguments to defeat summary judgment. In re Leo

      ‐ Where injured seaman had concealed a serious health condition, composed successful motion for summary judgment finding that seaman was not entitled to maritime benefits, and persuasively defended that finding on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Coastal Villages Pollock v. Naufahu


Statutory and Regulatory Violations in Maritime Personal Injury Litigation: What Counts, What Doesn't, and What Does it Mean, 21 University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal 41 (2009)

Criminalizing Marital Rape: A Comparison of Judicial and Legislative Approaches, 39 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 481 (2006)

Practice Areas

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Courts
  • Washington Federal Courts


  • Bachelor of Arts: University of Washington, cum laude, 2002;
  • Juris Doctor: Vanderbilt University Law School, 2006; Executive Authorities Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law;
  • Associates Degree in Nursing: Bellevue College, 2012.