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Andrea Poplawski, Esq.

Senior Attorney

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Meet our Senior Attorney

FAMILY LAW | CIVIL LITIGATION

Andrea Poplawski stands out as an esteemed attorney with more than 2 decades of expertise in family law. Known for her straightforward approach and dedication, she has served as a Pro Tem Judge, an Equal Justice Works Fellow, and chaired the WSBA Character and Fitness Board for three years. Recognized for her robust advocacy, Poplawski has earned accolades such as The Inlander’s Best Attorney and the Myra Bradwell Award from Gonzaga Law School.

Andrea Poplawski, an accomplished lawyer with over 21 years of experience, has established herself as a formidable advocate in family law. As a single parent, her journey began with an academic career in Public Policy at Penn State University. Her pursuit of academic excellence and leadership skills then led her to Harvard University for graduate school, where she was recognized for her exceptional leadership and communication abilities. Poplawski’s path then led her to the Pacific Northwest, where she attended Gonzaga University School of Law accompanied by her young son, demonstrating firsthand her ability to balance family life and a demanding career.

At Gonzaga, Poplawski’s leadership qualities shone through as she exceeded expectations, earning a summer grant from the Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project to work with families in Spokane. Upon earning her Juris Doctorate, she joined the Center for Justice, where she practiced family law and employment law, and supervised the Community Advocacy Department. Her dedication and legal acumen led to her selection as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. In 2002, she was among only 40 recipients nationwide of the prestigious two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Her reputation for exceptional legal service continued to flourish, leading to her receiving the Myra Bradwell Award in 2005. This award, presented by Gonzaga School of Law Women’s Law Caucus, recognized her courage, strength, and commitment to advocating for women and children. Poplawski stands among notable previous recipients of this award, reflecting her significant impact and contributions to the field of law.

In the Spokane community, Poplawski is not only respected but also celebrated, having been voted The Inlander’s Best Attorney. For a decade, she has consistently been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Divorce and Separation in Spokane Coeur D’Alene Living Magazine. Her commitment extended to serving as a Pro Tem Judge in the Spokane County District Court, stepping in for elected judges as needed.

Poplawski’s dedication goes beyond her practice; she believes in the responsibility of attorneys to contribute to the legal community. Her volunteer efforts have been acknowledged with several awards, including Volunteer Attorney of the Year. She has been an active member of the Northwest Justice Project Board of Trustees and chaired the WSBA Character and Fitness Board from 2014 to 2017.

Renowned for her no-nonsense approach, Poplawski is known for her honest and straightforward advice, addressing the good, bad, and ugly aspects of each case. She thrives on tackling challenging cases, dedicating herself to understanding her clients’ situations and offering her best every time. This tenacious advocate, who prides herself on her hard work and stellar representation, has become a beacon of strength and reliability in the legal field.

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Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law – Juris Doctorate (2001).
  • Harvard University
    – Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Government (Coursework completed), 1997.
  • Pennsylvania State University
    – Bachelor of Science in Public Policy (Dean’s List – 3.6 G.P.A.), 1995.
  • Pennsylvania State University
    – Management Development Program, Certificate.
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Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association Member since 2002.
  • Spokane County Bar Association.
  • Admitted to practice in Spokane Superior Court.
  • Certified Guardian ad Litem.
  • Pro Tem Judge – Spokane County District Court
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Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
    – Appointed to the Character and Fitness Board, Vice Chair (2014), Chair (2015).
    – Pro Bono Public Service.
    – Commendation Award annually since 2005.
  • Northwest Justice Project
    – Board of Trustees Member (2014 – 2017 term).
  • Inlander Northwest Magazine
    – Voted Best Attorney of 2013.
  • Spokane Couer d’Alene Living Magazine
    – Selected as a Top Lawyer in Family Law for the past 10 years.
  • Spokane County Bar Association
    – Volunteer Status Conference Volunteer Attorney of the Year (2014).
    – Advice Clinic Volunteer Attorney of the Year (2007, 2013).
  • Women’s Law Caucus
    – Myra Bradwell Award Recipient (April 2005).
  • Gonzaga Law School.
    – Public Interest Grant Recipient (Summer 2000).
    – Moot Court Council, Linden Cup Competition – Semifinalist.
  • Pennsylvania State University
    – President of Student Government (1994 – 1995).
    – Student Leadership Award (1995).
    – Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences Honor Society) Member.
    – Chairperson, Women’s Leadership Committee.
  • St. Joseph’s Center
    – Board Member (2006 – 2008).
  • Washington Women Lawyers
    – Past Member.

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