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Michael Barr King

Michael Barr King

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About Me

Michael B. King is a principal at Carney Badley Spellman. Mr. King has focused exclusively on appellate litigation for over twenty years, and his practice is national in scope. He has represented clients before the Alaska, California, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee and Washington Supreme Courts, the Second, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court, as well as all divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals and has presented over 120 arguments to full merits panels. 


Mr. King is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has been named by Washington Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in the state in the area of appellate law for every year since 2001. He has been selected by Best Lawyers in America as one of the best appellate lawyers in Washington State every year since the inaugural listing in 2007.


Practice Areas


  1. Appellate: 100%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Faith Ireland

    I have witnessed Michael King argue when i was a Supreme Court Justice and since my retirement from the Court, I have worked with him consulting on appellate cases. He brings smarts, passion and dedication to every case.


    Faith Ireland Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Carney Badley Spellman PS

701 5th Ave Ste 3600
Seattle, WA, 98104-7010



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2011
Super Lawyer, Top 100 ListSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2009
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2003
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2002
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2001
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalCarney Badley Spellman, PS2008 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Academy of Appellate LawyersFellowN/A
Washington Appellate Lawyers AssociationFounding Member and Past PresidentN/A
Council of Appellate Lawyers, American Bar AssociationExecutive Committee 2008-2010N/A
Appellate Advocacy Committee, Defense Research InstituteChair 2001-2003N/A
Appellate Law Section, King County Bar AssociationFounding Member and First ChairN/A
Appellate Practice Committee, Federal Bar Association of Western District of WAFormer Co-ChairN/A
Amicus Committee, Defense Research InstituteN/AN/A
Amicus Committee, Washington Defense Trial LawyersN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Hill v. BCTI , 144 Wn.2d 172, 23 P.3d 440 (2001)N/A
Barabin v. Asten-Johnson, 700 F.3d 425 (2012) (9th Cir. Nov.16, 2012)N/A
Cummings v. Budget Tank Removal & Environmental Services, LLC, 163 Wn.App. 379, 270 P.3d 220 (2011)N/A
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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington Young Lawyers' Division CLEWinning Appeals: Some Points to Consider2007
Roger Townsend, Ed. (ABA 2007)Chapter 50 of Superseding and Staying Judgments2007
The Essentials of Appellate Practice, WSBA CLE (May 2006)Getting Out of Dodge: Obtaining Review Before Entry of Final Judgment2006
Continuing Judical Education ProgramThe Philosophy of the Appellant Lawyer: A Presentation in a Musical Medium2006
13th Annual WSBA Employment Law Institute CLEWinning Employment Appeals: Some Points to Consider2006
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityGovernmentN/AN/A
University of Washington School of LawN/AJDN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Washington Young Lawyers' Division CLEAppellate Basics and Tips for Writing and Oral Advocacy2007
Third Annual SymposiumE-Discovery and Spoilation on Appeal: The Convergence of Law and Technology2007
The New Supreme CourtThe New Supreme Court (Comoderator with mary Massaron Ross, Plunkett & Cooney and Linda Coberly, Winston & Strawn2006
The Essentials of Appellate PracticeGetting Out of Dodge: Obtaining Review Before Entry of Final Judgment2006
Continuing Education Program, Washington State Appellate Justices and JudgesThe Philosophy of the Appellant Lawyer2006
13th Annual WSBA Employment Law InstituteWinning Employment Appeals: Some Points to Consider2006