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Kathryn (Kayti) Knudsen is an attorney at Ruiz & Smart, PLLC where her practice focuses on policyholder insurance bad faith, serious injury, and representing victims of discrimination and harassment.


She has experience representing insureds in cases ranging from single-family homeowner disputes to complex class action claims. Kayti’s tenacity and experience litigating against some of the largest corporations in America get results for her clients both in and out of the courtroom, where she brings cases to successful resolution through alternative dispute resolution. Kayti has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine from 2016 to the present.

Prior to joining Ruiz & Smart, Kayti was an associate at Keller Rohrback, L.L.P. in Seattle and at Halverson Law Group in Yakima. Before starting her career in private practice, Kayti served as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Washington State Court of Appeals for the Honorable David Armstrong (Ret.).


Kayti grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received her bachelor’s degree in Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington. She graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law, where she served as Lead Article Editor for Seattle University Law Review.

Away from the office, Kayti is active in the Seattle arts community and spends her free time with her family skiing, hiking, and enjoying the cultural diversity our area has to offer. Always up for a challenge, Kayti channels her competitive spirit as an annual participant in Whatcom County’s Ski-to-Sea race.