Cathy S. Tappel Navigate Family Law attorney

Cathy S. Tappel

Of Counsel Attorney

Practice Area

Oregon Family Law

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Courts

Professional Experience

Cathy Steele Tappel has focused her all of her 30+ years of practicing law in Family Law. She has an emphasis on parenting cases, within the context of a divorce, with clients who have never married but have children together, and post-divorce parenting issues. She has long been an advocate for parents. She has historically worked within a large family law firm, as a sole practitioner, and ultimately has found that practicing at Navigate Law Group is the perfect size and fit for the care of her clients.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Volunteer at Navigate Virtual Legal Clinic (2020 – Present)
  • Family Law Section, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Volunteer at Clear Transitions (2017 – present)


  • Bachelor of Science in Child Development (Family Studies) at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 1978
  • Juris Doctorate from Hastings School of Law, University of California, San Francisco, CA 1987

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers 2022 WA Rising Stars List

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