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Karen Kathryn Koehler

About me

There is a special place in my heart for those who have been hurt or had a loved one killed due to another's fault. My goal is to make things right for my clients, regardless of the size of the legal fight we sometimes must go through. My clients have included the family of Kristopher Kime who was killed in the Mardi Gras riots and Ethel Adams who was denied insurance coverage because Farmers said being a victim of road rage was "not an accident." 


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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
  2. Brain Injury: 25%
  3. Car Accident: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • John Stocks

    I endorse Karen Koehler. She is well-known in the legal community because of her pleasing personality and her superb legal skills. The first time I met her was in a mediation years ago, and I took note of how she worked; I remember thinking that I should try to emulate her polished, persuasive style (some day). She was overly well-versed on the law, compassionate and caring about her client's matter, yet could turn up the tenacity if it was needed. She is more than worthy of receiving my peer endorsement.


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Contact info

Stritmatter Kessler Whelan

200 2nd Ave West
Seattle, WA, 98119-4204


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best lawyers in AmericaMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 40 personal injury lawyers WASuper Lawyers2012
Top 50 Women Lawyers in WASuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top 100 law blawg (top trial practice blog)American Bar Association2012
Top 100 Washington LawyersWashington Law & Politics2011
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Law & Politics2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics2011
Top 100 Blogs (Ranked #1 for Trial)American Bar Association2011
Top 40 personal injury lawyers WASuper Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 40 Washington personal injury lawyersWashington Law & Politics2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top 50 Washington lawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top 100 Washington lawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Best lawyers in AmericaMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Top 40 personal injury lawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaMartindale Hubbell2009
Top 100 Washington lawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Top 100 Washington lawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Top 40 personal injury lawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaMartindale Hubbell2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaMartindale Hubbell2007
Top 100 Washington LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Top 50 Washington Women LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Top 500 Lawyers in AmericaLaw Dragon Magazine2007
Top 40 personal injury lawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerN/A2007
Top 50 Washington Women LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerN/A2006
The Best Lawyers in AmericaMartindale Hubbell2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Trial Lawyer of the YearWashington Assoc. for Justice2005
Super lawyerWashington Law & Politics2004
President's AwardWashington Assoc for Justice2003
Rated AVN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerStritmatter Kessler Whelan2014 - Present
Executive Dir/PresidentSpinal Cord Injury Association of Washington2010 - Present
Adjunct Professor Trial AdvocacyUniversity Of Washington School Of Law2005 - Present
PartnerStritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio2004 - Present
N/ALePley and Koehler1998 - 2004
N/AKaren Koehler Attorney1995 - 1998
AssociateKraft Kimbrough & Ganz1993 - 1995
AssociateLaw Offices Thomas J. Chambers1990 - 1993
AssociateDiamond & Sylvester (Diamond & Foreman, Foreman Kraft & Prince)1986 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeExecutive Committee traumatic brain injury litigation group2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeCo-chair spinal cord injury litigation group2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeBoard Member2011 - Present
Spinal Cord Injury Associaton of WashingtonExecutive Dir/President2010 - Present
Washington State Association for Justice2nd Vice President Continuing Education2009 - 2011
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2007 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident Elect2006 - 2007
American Association of Justice Council of PresidentsMember2006 - 2008
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonMember2006 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeChair Motor Vehicle Highway Design Premise Section2003 - 2004
Scribes society of legal writersMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Executive Litigation CommitteeVice President2002 - 2003
Washington State Association for Justice, Insurance/Tort Law SectionBoard Member2001 - Present
American Association of JusticeWashington state delegate minority affairs2001 - 2009
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member1999 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kristopher Kime v. City of SeattleSettled for public expressions of apology and seven figures
Ethel Adams v. Farmers Insuranc Co.Lawsuit filed and case settled for seven figures
Peterson v. FinazzoJury verdict for seven figures
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Guides publicationPreparing for the Defense Medical Exam2012
blogThe Velvet Hammer2011
Self PublishedVoir Dire2010
Trial Guides publicationPreparing for Deposition2009
UnknownVoir Dire2007
Thomson West PublishingMajor Auto Injury and Death Cases Book2006
Litigation Section WSBAWashington Civil Trial and Evidence Manual Voir Dire to Verdict, 5th Ed. Chapter author2004
Thomson West PublishingHandling Motor Vehicle Accident Cases Vol 4 - case files2004
ATLA Convention.The Case of Kristopher Kime v. City of Seattle2003
West Group publicationThe Enhancement of Danger theory2003
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Trial News"The Art of Advocacy2002
Thomson West PublishingMinor Impact Soft Tissue Cases Book2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSAJ Auto SeminarBuilding the vocational damages case2013
Vermont Ass'n for Justice Annual ConventionKeynote speaker2013
Vancouver BC Trial Lawyers AssnPersuasive powerpoint at trial2013
Nevada Trial Lawyers AssociationUsing metaphors, allegories, & similes in closing2013
lawyernomics Avvo Las VegasPoint - counterpoint2013
Laramie, Wyoming ConferenceBig Picture Little Details2013
Colorado Annual ConventionPersuasive PPT at trial2013
Belli SeminarUsing metaphors, allegories, and similes in closing2013
AAJ Annual ConventionTraumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injuries2013
AAJ Annual ConventionPersuasive PPT at Trial2013
2013 Vancouver, BC Trial Lawyers ConferencePersuasive PPT at trial2013
WSBA Trial advocacy programOpening statement2012
Spring ConferencePersuasive PPT at Trial2012
North Dakota Assn for Justice spring seminarPersuading jurors with moral arguments2012
New Jersey Assn for Justice Boardwalk SeminarDe Ben Esse Deposition of your Treating Physician2012
NDAJ Spring Conference 2012Persuading jurors with morality based themes2012
Montana Trial Lawyers Assn conventionTrial practice2012
AAJ Phoenix midwinter conventionProving invisible traumatic brain injuries2012
WSBA Trial advocacy programOpening statement2011
WSAJ Annual ConventionUnderstanding Diverse Cultures Perspective on Emotional Injury and Consortium Claims2011
Utah Association for JusticePersuasive brain injury trial techniques2011
NABIS New Orleans conferencePersuasive themes and techniques in brain injury trials2011
Kentucky Justice Assn ConventionPersuading jurors with moral argument2011
Indiana Assn for Justice conventionMorality based closing arguments that persuade in trying times2011
Beli SeminarAnd then the jury to present extremely demonstrative evidence2011
AAJ Brain Injury Seminar AtlantaPolarizing the brain injury case2011
AAJ Annual Convention PhoenixTraumatic brain injury and preexisting conditions2011
AAJ Annual ConventionDemonstration: Overcoming Defense Themes and Tactics in Opening2011
AAJ Annual ConventionValuation and Life Expectancy in Spinal Cord Injury Cases2011
AAJ Annual ConventionAnd then the Jury Clapped How to Present Extremely Demonstrative Evidence.2011
Washington State Bar AssociationOpening Statement2010
Washington State Association for JusticeExtremely demonstrative evidence2010
Washington State Association for JusticeRefocusing the jury in voir dire2010
Trial Stars in New YorkMorality based closing arguments2010
Trial Lawyers of the Year CLEMessaging - turning weaknesses into strengths2010
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationMorality based closing argument2010
American Association for JusticePlaintiff closing argument - demonstration in brain injury case2010
American Association for JusticeDiscovery in UIM insurance bad faith2010
American Association for JusticeEthical dilemmas in traumatic brain injury cases2010
Washington State Association for JusticeClosing argument in a car crash case2009
Idaho ConventionObjectifying the plaintiff’s case: visual images that make a difference2009
Idaho ConventionKeynote speaker: our inspirational clients2009
Belli Seminar San FranciscoHow to try a case without a focus group2009
AAJ Las VegasClosing argument2009
AAJ ConventionMaximizing damages in inadequate security cases2009
AAJ ConventionClosing argument2009
WSAJE-trial 1.012008
Vancouver TLAObjectifying the Plaintiff's Case2008
National WebinarPowerPoint - Objectifying the Plaintiff's Case2008
King County Bar AssociationVoir Dire2008
Iowa Trail Lawyers ConventionObjectifying the Plaintiff's Case in Trial2008
Idaho School of LawArt of Advocacy2008
AAJ ConventionRepresenting Minorities in the Court Room - Voir Dire2008
AAJFighting Protective Orders in Insurance Bad Faith Cases2008
Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association conventionObjectifying plaintiff's case at trial2007
WSTLAPowerpoint revolution2007
WSTLAVideotape deposition of the insurance adjuster2007
Trial Smith webinarMaximizing Powerpoint to objectify the plaintiff's case2007
National WebinarPlaintiff Direct Exam2007
American Association of Justice midyear conventionWitness preparation - lay and expert witnesses2007
American Association of JusticeOvercoming insurance defense tactics2007
WSTLABattling the "Tencer" defense2006
WSTLANew Important Laws - Ethel Adams2006
WSBAElectronic medial and visual aids at oral argument2006
WSBAThe elements of litigation - chair2006
WSBAVoir Dire2006
NBICalculating and proving damages2006
Marvin Belli SeminarHow the case of Ethel Adams changed the law2006
Idaho Trial Lawyers AssociationLitigating major auto injury and death cases2006
American Association of Justice conventionHandling the minority plaintiff case2006
American Association of Justice ConventionBattling the comparative fault defense2006
American Association of JusticeVoir Dire2006
Wyoming Trial Lawyer AssociationPersuading a hostile jury2005
WSTLACreative pretiral strategic moves2005
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMaters in Trial Program2005
American Association of Justice midyear conventionexpert biomechanic2005
American Association of Justice conventionPerpetuating the treating doctor by videotape2005
American Association of JusticePreparing your client for deposition2005
WSTLAStrategies for seeking damages in wrongful death and survival cases2004
WSBAOpening Statement2004
Seattle University Law SchoolMock trial with technology2004
Mental Health Professional's People's Law SchoolDepositions & testimony - surviving on the stand2004
Iowa Trial Lawyers AssociationOpening statement in an MTV generation2004
American Association of Justice midyear conventionConvincing the jury of probable needs2004
American Association of Justice conventionTrial techniques2004
American Association of JusticeColossus computer software2004
American Association of JusticeCross exam of an expert - with David Ball2004
American Association of JusticeLitigating auto cases - juries, damages and discovery2004
WSTLA conventionVoire dire and cross exam of the defense medical examiner2003
WSTLALitigating with Farmers insurance2003
WSTLAArguing Liability2003
WSBAOpening Statement2003
Wisconsin Trial Lawyers Association conventionColossus insurance computer software2003
San Jose Trial Lawyers AssociationColossus insurance computer software2003
San Diego trial lawyers associationColossus and how to litigate motor vehicle cases2003
Melvin Belli seminarPowerpoint in opening and closing2003
Colorado trial lawyers blockbuster seminarColossus insurance computer software2003
American Association of Justice conventionCase of Kristopher Kime2003
American Association of Justice conventionColossus insurance computer software2003
American Association of Justice conventionAlternative theories in insurance bad faith cases2003
DVDPreparing for DepositionsN/A