Local Counsel with Kathryn Naegeli Boling

Seattle’s Kathryn Boling tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Published in 2017 Washington Super Lawyers magazine

By Kathryn Naegeli Boling on June 9, 2017


Best place to take a client  –  Blueacre Seafood. I mean, there’s a lawyer joke built into the name (the owner is a recovering lawyer). 

Favorite building  –  Seattle Central Library. Imagine a glass-paneled building in the shape of a frog. 

Least favorite building  –  The federal building downtown.

Favorite historical fact about Seattle  –  Seattle had a devastating fire in 1889, and instead of rebuilding as it was, the leaders decided to fill in the wreckage and build the new city on top—it took care of some irksome flooding and toilet-backup problems that resulted from being right at sea level. Now you can take a joke-filled tour of the old underground portions of the city.

Saddest historical fact about Seattle  –  Contrary to our liberal reputation, Seattle had explicit and enforced racial segregation all the way until the 1960s.

Favorite historical site in Seattle  –  The original Starbucks. Does that count as historical?  

Favorite city event  –  Folklife Festival every Memorial Day weekend. Diverse-but-unifying music and arts, and a great time.

Favorite historical resident  –  Jimi Hendrix.

Where to go after a win?  –  Heartwood Provisions for a cozy atmosphere and great drinks.

Where to go after a loss?  –  Alibi Room—tucked into Post Alley right by the Gum Wall.

Favorite courthouse perk  –  The tunnel entrance. 

Favorite thing about your office (besides your colleagues)  –  We have farm-to-firm apples delivered twice a week.

Favorite breakfast spot  –  Café Besalu is the best bakery in town in my book—it’s kind of a hike up to Ballard, but amazing pastries. 

Favorite lunch spot  –  Specialty’s Café has a large, homey deli menu for takeout. Use their online pre-order site if you’re on a diet, because the place smells of buttery cookies and I always buy one if I’m ordering at the counter. 

Best view  –  Any of the regional ferries have spectacular views of the Olympic mountains, Cascade mountains or both.

Favorite park  –  Discovery Park, if you have time for a hike down to a secluded beach and lighthouse right on Puget Sound, with views of the Olympic Mountains—just a few miles from downtown.

Favorite coffee shop  –  Seattle Coffee Works.

City’s best sports moment  –  Super Bowl XLVIII.

Out-of-town guests are impressed with  –  The natural beauty.

Favorite city law  –  Recycle and compost or pay a fine! 

Best place for a stroll  –  Anywhere by the water, but I like the old neighborhood at the top of Capitol Hill.

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