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Matthew Ryan King

Matthew Ryan King

also known as Matt King, Matthew King

Practice areas:

Lawsuits & Disputes, Business, Appeals

About Me

My practice
emphasizes complex civil and appellate litigation in both the State and Federal
Courts.  I have successfully represented businesses, associations, and
individuals in a variety of matters, including, but not limited to construction
defect litigation, environmental clean up and permitting issues, commercial
contract drafting and disputes, and criminal defense litigation.

In addition
to my trial practice, I have also handled several appeals in State and Federal
Courts ranging from criminal appeals to condemnation and civil contract

Further, I am
the co-author of the Washington Practice: Environmental Law and Practice (2nd
Ed) and the sole author of the Washington Practice: Construction Law and
Practice (2008).  These are handbooks relied upon by practitioners and
Courts in ruling on legal matters. I am currently working on another treatise
on Washington insurance law.

I was born in
Kansas City, Missouri and received my B.A. in English and Comparative
Literature from the University of Washington and my  J.D. from Seattle
University School of Law.  I  enjoy reading, golfing, and spending
time with my family.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2001

  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 45%
    14 years
  2. Business: 40%
    4 years
  3. Appeals: 15%
    4 years



Hourly ($175-350/hour), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked with Matthew as co-counsel on a case prior to him becoming a co-worker. His work is excellent and very detailed. He is a professional in every sense of the word and puts 100% into each of his cases. I am proud to work with him.


    Jason Gaber Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Gregory Stuart Marshall

    I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a very sharp litigator with extensive knowledge and skill. He represents his clients with a high level of competence in court.


    Gregory Marshall Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Offices of Matthew R. King, PLLC

1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle, WA, 98101-1346



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best of CLEWashington State Bar Association2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Judge Pro TemKing County District Courts2007 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationN/A2004 - Present
Society of Writers on Legal SubjectsN/A2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
King County Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
CFTC v. Trade Risk Management$0 Decision for Plaintiff
Carrolls Water Association v. HornJust Compensation for Easement $2,500
Seattle v. S. LewisPlea to Negligent Driving 1st Degree

See all Legal Cases 

Publication NameTitleDate
ABA BooksConstruction Defect Litigation2013
Washington PracticeWashington Insurance Law and Practice2011
ABAConstruction Defect Litigation2011
Washington PracticeConstruction Law and Practice2008
Washington PracticeEnvironmental Law and Practice2007
King County Bar BulletinHazardous Spills Require DisclosureN/A
King County Bar BulletinThe Outer Limits of Personal Jurisdiction, E-mail and Purposeful AvailmentN/A
King County Bar BulletinTolerance of Hate Speech - A Defense to "Bad Words"N/A
King County Bar BulletinWashington Bad Faith LawN/A
King County Bar BulletinHome is Where the Heart Is: Construction DefectsN/A
King County Bar BulletinJust Add Water: Mold ClaimsN/A
King County Bar BulletinReservation of Rights In WashingtonN/A
King County Bar BulletinViolence Against Evidence SpoliationN/A
King County Bar BulletinPrivate Property versus Police Power — Regulatory Takings in WashingtonN/A
King County Bar BulletinPolitical Gerrymandering: Does Your Vote Really Count?N/A
King County Bar BulletinCR 11 Enforcing Civility or Creating Conflicts?N/A
King County Bar BulletinBasics of Contract InterpretationN/A
King County Bar BulletinKid’s Torts: Know the Rules before Entering the PlaygroundN/A
King County Bar BulletinTax Revenues versus Property Rights: Economic Development and TakingsN/A
King County Bar BulletinHot Fashion: Flammable FabricN/A
King County Bar BulletinOne Bad Apple Story Can Spoil a Whole CropN/A
King County Bar BulletinFaith Based Charities and the ConstitutionN/A
King County Bar BulletinPolice May Be Off Duty But on the JobN/A
American Bar Association Litigation SectionTemporary Regulatory TakingsN/A
Defense Research Institute publicationTemporary Regulatory TakingsN/A
American Bar Association publicationDeposition upon Written Questions: A Proposal for More UseN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationEthics and DiscoveryN/A
King County Bar BulletinThe Corporation Pleads the Fifth (or Not)N/A
King County Bar BulletinCr 31: Old Practice Worth RevisitingN/A
King County Bar BulletinJust, Speedy and Inexpensive DeterminationN/A
King County Bar BulletinLand-Use Disputes Find Agencies at the ReadyN/A
King County Bar BulletinCo-Defendant Experts and the Joint Defense PrivilegeN/A
King County Bar BulletinAre You Being Served...Properly?N/A
King County Bar BulletinThe Final Frontier Beckons TouristsN/A
King County Bar BulletinWater Rights Follow Serpentine CourseN/A
King County Bar BulletinFireworks Are No Fun When They Go AryN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AN/A2001

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Overview of Washington LawBusiness Torts2010
KCBA Construction Law CLEConstruction Law2008
Best of CLE 2006Ethics and Discovery2006