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Ken Masters

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Masters Law Group, PLLC

KEN MASTERS has been litigating state and federal civil appeals in all areas of the law for over 20 years.  He was a law review editor and clerked for appellate Judge Elaine Houghton, ret.  A presenter or chair for dozens of appellate seminars, he also contributes to the Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook.  Ken serves as a Governor on the WSBA’s Board of Governors, and previously chaired its Rules & Procedures Committee, its Amicus Committee, and KCBA’s Judicial Screening Committee and Appellate Law Section.  Ken is a past president of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Case History

  • Tan v. Le, 177 Wn.2d 356 (2013), cert. denied (Jan. 13, 2014) — Successfully obtained reversal of appellate court decision based on the First Amendment (6-1), reinstatement of a substantial jury verdict for defamation, and denial of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • In re Parentage of Infant Child F., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 30768-9-III (Mandate Issued Dec. 27, 2013) — Successfully defended trial court's determination that the Full Faith & Credit Clause protects a Utah adoption challenged in Washington.

  • City of Seattle v. Jones, Washington State Supreme Court No. 873430-7 (Dec. 12, 2013): — Successfully assisted Todd Gardner and Dick Kilpatrick in defending a $12.75 million verdict in favor of a Seattle Firefighter who suffered a permanent disabling brain injury when he fell 15.5 feet down an unguarded pole hole onto a concrete floor in the middle of the night, both in the appellate court, and 9-0 in the Supreme Court.

  • Piel v. City of Federal Way, 177 Wn.2d 604 (2013) — Successfully obtained direct review of a summary judgment dismissal, reversal (6-1), and remand for trial of a tort claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy.

  • Hu v. State, 66334-8-I (Settled in June 2012) — Successfully assisted Mike McKinstry and represented Koti Hu in obtaining a nearly $20 million settlement with the State of Washington on the eve of oral argument in the Court of Appeals, in an appeal arising from an even larger jury verdict finding that the State negligently designed the I-405 onramp where Hu was rear-ended, rendering him quadriplegic.


  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America'
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Washington, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014

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241 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-1811
Firm Phone: 206-780-5033

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice


  • Seattle University (J.D.) (1992)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Masters Law Group, PLLC — Owner
  • Washington State Bar Association — Governor
  • Washington Appellate Lawyers Association — President
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers — Fellow


  • Court of Appeals