Kathryn Karcher was born in London, England, in 1959, after which her family lived in Pakistan and India while her father worked as a medical doctor in Presbyterian Church hospitals. She learned Urdu while overseas. Ms. Karcher’s family eventually moved to the small town of Hemet, California, where she lived until attending UCSD. She lived in San Diego until 2005, except for three years spent in Los Angeles earning her law degree at UCLA.
Ms. Karcher rode her bicycle across the United States after completing law school, starting at the coastline in Florence, Oregon, and ending in Boston, Massachusetts. She has practiced law ever since, joining the then-San Diego firm of Gray Cary Ames & Frye in 1989.
In 2005, Ms. Karcher remarried and moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, where she continued to practice with Gray Cary successor DLA Piper in its San Diego and Seattle offices. In 2008 she opened her own practice. Since then she has maintained offices in San Diego and on Bainbridge Island. Ms. Karcher and her husband, Jeff Harmes, formed Karcher Harmes in 2010.
Ms. Karcher and Mr. Harmes have five children who are young adults. Two have graduated from the University of Washington, which another attends.