Cathy S. Tappel Navigate Family Law attorney

Cathy S. Tappel

Of Counsel Attorney

Tel: (503) 222-2312



Practice Area

Oregon Family Law

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)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon State Courts


  • 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