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Caitlyn Y. Spencer

Caitlyn represents and advises health care professionals, hospitals, and other providers in medical malpractice actions. Caitlyn also represents health care practitioners in licensing and disciplinary disputes.


  • Medical Professional Liability Defense
  • Licensing and Disciplinary Actions
  • Personal Injury Defense


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 2016; Managing Editor; President, Christian Legal Society
  • Seattle University, B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude, 2012

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Washington
  • United States District Court – Western District of Washington

Professional Experience

  • Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC, Principal, 2023 – Present
  • Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, PLLC, Associate, 2016 – 2023
  • Washington State Supreme Court Justice, Full-time
    Judicial Extern to Justice Charles Wiggins, January 2016 – May 2016
  • Hughes Robbins, P.S., Rule 9 Law Clerk, February 2015 – January 2016
  • Thorsrud, Cane & Paulich, Summer Law Clerk, May 2014 – August 2014

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Representative Cases

  • Unanimous defense verdict in medical malpractice case where plaintiff alleged client orthopedic surgeon was negligent in performing total hip replacement surgery and related post-operative care
  • Defense verdict on behalf of a neuroradiologist, in a medical malpractice case tried in King County. Plaintiff claimed that the physician was negligent for failing to diagnose a vestibular schwannoma on a non-contrast head CT. The defense demonstrated that the physician conducted a complete and thorough review of the non-contrast head CT and fully complied with the standard of care. The jury agreed with the defense and returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the physician.
  • Defense verdict on behalf of a plastic surgeon, in a medical malpractice case tried in King County.  The plaintiff alleged that the surgeon negligently left a piece of sterile gauze in her breast following a breast augmentation surgery and that the gauze caused capsular contracture and resulting injuries.  The defense admitted a standard of care violation but disputed causation and damages.  Following a two week trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict and found that the gauze did not cause any injuries and was an incidental finding.

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, Power e-Mergency: Combining Renewable Energy with Current Battery Technology for Emergency Medical Professionals, 6 Seattle Journal for Environmental Law 178 (2016).
Caitlyn Y. Spencer