If you were to open the Auburn Globe-News newspaper in February of 1965, you would find a short clipping of a twelve-year-old Pat Leahy, recently nominated as the “student of the month” in his sixth-grade class, being asked what he hoped to be when he grew up. His answer? He hoped to one day be an attorney.
Pat was one of the lucky few who had clear direction of the career path he wanted to take from a young age. Years later, and with a successful legal career under his belt, Pat looks back on that newspaper clipping with fondness of the journey that led him to where he is today.
Pat studied Business Admin at the University of Washington in Seattle before attending Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane. Motivated to practice general and family law because of his desire to make a difference in people’s lives, Pat returned to Tacoma after law school, where he began his impressive legal career that would see him practicing in Tacoma for the next 40 years. Now, Pat is looking forward to heading the Pacific Cascade Tacoma office, and to apply his extensive knowledge about family law so that he might continue bettering the lives of his clients.
Pat sees huge value in helping families get through difficult legal trials so that, once on the other side, they can still identify common ground and mutual respect between each other, especially when children are involved. He considers it an honor and an opportunity that he does not take lightly to be able to advocate for families in a way that offers empowerment rather than judgement, and to speak positivity and encouragement into their lives.
As a Washington native, Pat spends his days with the mindset to never take advantage of the natural beauty that awaits him right outside of his back door. When not in the office, you might find Pat walking his property with his wife and Pug, checking on the beavers who live just down the way, and tending to his land. Pat finds solace in the outdoors, whether it’s fishing, razor clam digging on the beach, or simply spending the day planting trees and trimming shrubs in his backyard. In all respects, Washington is Pat’s home, and he purposes to give back not only to the land, but to his community and the people whose lives he’s able to touch.
A tried-and-true Seahawks fan, Pat’s favorite quote originates from the team’s former coach, Chuck Knox, who once said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
- University of Washington, B.A.
- Gonzaga School of Law, J.D.
- Parents Without Partners, Tacoma WA