Joeana Catarata Hawes


Joeana Catarata Hawes

Seattle, Washington
(206) 547-1486
Areas of Practice
Family Law
(206) 547-2074
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I was born in the Philippines and came to the United States when I was twelve years old. I have always wanted to serve as a role model for other immigrant women and minorities and open as many doors for others as were opened for me.

Divorce & Family Law Attorneys | Managing Partner Amanda DuBois with Attorney Joeana Catarata Hawes

I attended the University of Washington School of Law in 1998, graduating in 2001. At the UW I was active with the Student Bar Association. I also interned with the King County Prosecutor’s Office at the Maleng Justice Center and with the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office through graduation. At Pierce County, I had the opportunity to argue criminal appellate cases before Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals, and to be first chair in misdemeanor trials during the summer. After graduation I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where I clerked with the Honorable John S.W. Lim of the Hawaii State Intermediate Court of Appeals. Then I joined the City and County of Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecuting attorney and practiced criminal law, including an assignment in the Career Criminal Unit where I prosecuted sex crimes, some cases involving child victims.

I moved back to Seattle and started practicing family law in 2006 with a veteran family law attorney. I became the senior associate and handled almost everything for the solo practitioner with whom I practiced. I came to work for the DuBois Cary Law Group in 2012. Over the past six years at DuBois Cary, I have taken on a number of different roles for the Firm including Firm Administrator. Currently, my focus is motions and trial practice primarily with partner Amanda DuBois, as well as providing legal research and writing for the firm. I enjoy advocating for the “little guy”, and revel in assisting clients and our attorneys resolve complex legal issues.

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My husband and I are big football fans and support the Huskies and the Seahawks. Although we are both from the Pacific Northwest, we are also huge fans of the New York Yankees. We welcomed our beautiful daughter Gloria Josephine in June of 2018. She is a feisty little one, just like her parents; she is the apple of our eyes! Our cat JoJo is enjoying retirement and does not mind at all sharing the spotlight with Baby Gloria. We love to travel and explore new places, but most of all, we love spending time with friends and family.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2001
  • Hawaii, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 2003


  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. 2001
  • Seattle University, Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. 1996
    • Major: Political Science, Humanities
    • Recipient of the John F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Political Science

Community Activities

  • Intern, King County Prosecutor’s Office, Maleng Regional Justice Center, Kent, Washington
  • Intern, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Tacoma, Washington

Prior Professional Experience

  • Hon. John S.W. Lim, Hawaii State Intermediate Court of Appeals, Honolulu, Hawaii, Law Clerk
  • Department of the Prosecuting Attorney | City and County of Honolulu, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • 5
    I don't know what I would do with out Lucia and Tania as my legal team. Lucia has been my lawyer for about 5 years. I would recommend her to anyone. She shows up for me completely prepared for the courtroom, is totally confident in her presentations and and is so knowledgeable. I can't thank them enough for all they have done.
  • 5
    The best legal team ever. They love their clients too. Thank you DuBois Cary Law Group for all your support and guidance. Monica Cary, and Michelle Fontenot are outstanding human beings and attorneys. The law firm has the friendliest and most efficient staff who genuinely care and offer world class assistance. Thank you Jason and Eldina for always taking the time for us.
  • 5
    While my ex and I had an almost wholly amicable split we felt completely unqualified to fairly divvy up our assets. Monica--in a single meeting--looked at the money and helped us reach an agreement we both felt was more than fair. She was relaxed, professional, knowledgeable and efficient. Couldn't have asked for me. I highly recommend her.
  • 5
    Michelle and Jason are not just extremely knowledgeable and efficient in family law, but also very caring and empathetic. Because of there experience and help, I have the schedule with my daughter I was fighting for and as a result can spend more time with her. Thank you both! I would highly recommend Michelle Fontenot to anyone in need of a family law attorney.

Areas We Serve

At DuBois Cary Law Group, PLLC, we represent clients from Seattle, Bellevue and King County
Washington. If you have any questions or concerns about your Family Law or Divorce issues,
please feel free to call us at (206) 547-1486. We are happy to schedule an appointment for you
to speak with one of our attorneys.

SEATTLE (Main office)
927 N Northlake Way
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98103
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Suite 307
Bellevue, WA 98007
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