Barbara A. Henderson

Barbara is a shareholder at Smith Alling. Her work focuses on all aspects of family law.

Prior to attending law school, Barbara spent several years in the contract administration section of a large regional bank handling secured transactions.

Barbara was an Associate Editor of the University of Puget Sound (“UPS”) Law Review, and was employed as a legal intern by Smith Alling Lane, P.S. during her second year of law school.She graduated magna cum laude from UPS Law School (now Seattle University Law School). After graduation, Barbara became an Associate at Smith Alling Lane, where she was initially involved in major antitrust litigation involving power plant construction.

Barbara served for 10 years as a commissioner pro-tem in the Pierce County Superior Court, and was a Nisqually Tribal Court judge for a year.

Past Positions

  • Pierce County Superior Court, Commissioner Pro-Tem
  • Nisqually Tribal Court Judge

Professional Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Former Board Member
  • Family Law Section, Past President


  • American Jurisprudence Book Award, Family Law
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award, Civil Procedure
Barbara A. Henderson
  • Shareholder

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Family Law and Domestic Relations
  • Litigation


  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
    • J.D. - 1986
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Washington
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1979
    • Honors: Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1987