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Kenneth Wendell Masters

Kenneth Wendell Masters

also known as Ken Masters

Practice areas:

Appellate Practice

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About Me

Ken Masters litigates civil appeals in all areas of the law in state and federal appellate courts in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Olympia, Washington, including both Supreme courts.  He is currently serving as Governor for the 1st District on the Washington State Bar Association's Board of Govenors, where he chairs the Personnel Committe and the Hearing Officer Selection Panel, sits on the Budget & audit Committee, and is liaison to the Court Rules Committee and Superior Court Judges Association, among other things.


Ken is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and a past president of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association.  He is also a contributing editor for the upcoming fourth edition of the WSBA's Appellate Practice Deskbook, and contributed to its third edition (WSBA 2005 & Supp. 2010). He has chaired and taught numerous continuing legal education seminars on writing and appellate practice throughout Washington.


Mr. Masters was born in Moses Lake, Washington, and then wandered to various places with his military family.  He is married to Kara Masters, a litigation attorney in Seattle, who was also a judicial clerk for several appellate court judges. They met in law school. Ken was a Teaching Assistant for Kara's Constitutional Law class, but she married him anyway.


Prior to law school, Mr. Masters was a professional musician and instructor, recording, touring and teaching music for about ten years. He still plays jazz guitar and records with various groups as time permits.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Appellate Practice: 100%
    23 years

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Gary Lee Raaen

    I wholeheartedly endorse Ken Masters. I have worked with Ken on a number of matters, and he is an excellent appellate lawyer. When a client needs someone to handle an appeal, Ken is always my first recommendation. In addition, Ken is very generous with his time and expertise in answering questions on appellate issues and procedures.


    Gary Raaen Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jean E. Huffington

    I heartily endorse Ken Masters. Several times I have retained Ken's assistance in defending an appeal of a successful judgment . In each occasion, Ken's help and advice has been invaluable. He is supremely knowledgeable about his field of practice. His professionalism and responsiveness are excellent. Lastly, but perhaps most important, Ken is simply a lawyer with whom it is a pleasure to work.


    Jean Huffington Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Masters Law Group, PLLC

241 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110-1811



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Washington LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2014
Top 100 Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2013
Top Teir AppellateBest Lawyers2013
Top 100 Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Top Lawyers in WashingtonSeattle Business Monthly2012
Top Teir AppellateBest Lawyers2012
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
FellowAmerican Academy of Appellate Lawyers2010
Top 10 Appellate LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyersWashington Law & Policitcs Magazine2007
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine1999
Am. Jur. Awards (x3)Amercian Jurisprudence1992

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerMasters Law Group, PLLC2011 - Present
OwnerWiggins & Masters, PLLC1998 - 2010
AttorneyEdwards, Sieh, Smith & Goodfriend, P.S.1995 - 1998
Judicial Clerk to Judge Elaine Houghton, ret.Washington State Court of Appeals1994 - 1995
AttorneyBurgess Fitzer, P.S.1993 - 1994
AttorneyAlbertson & Smith1992 - 1993

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationGovernor, 1st Dist.2012 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationChair, Rules & Procedures Commitee2009 - 2012
KCBA Appellate Law SectionPresident2008 - 2009
Washington Appellate Lawyers AssociationPresident2007 - 2013
KCBA Appellate Law SectionMember2005 - Present
KCBA Judicial ScreeningCo-Chair2004 - 2005
Washington Appellate Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Judicature SocietyMember2001 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationChair, Amicus Committee2001 - 2003
Kitsap County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Tan v. Le, 177 Wn.2d 356 (2013), cert. denied (Jan. 13, 2014)Win
In re Parentage of Infant Child F.Win
PACCAR v. LisbyWin

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Publication NameTitleDate
Wash. Prac.Appellate Practice1998

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Metropolitan State College of DenverN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Advanced Appellate SeminarE-Briefing & Court Rules2013