Kevin J. Yanasak has been a trial lawyer in Washington State since 1985. He represents clients throughout Washington, including municipal, district, superior, appellate, federal, tribal, and the circuit court of Oregon. Kevin practices (bench & jury trials) in the areas of personal injury, criminal (traffic, misdemeanor, DUI, felonies - adult & juvenile), family law (complex dissolution proceedings - past GAL / parenting investigator), probate & estate planning and civil lawsuits. He believes the highest compliment his clients can give him is to refer their family and friends.
Kevin graduated from Gonzaga Law School, where he was selected to be on Law Review. He clerked at the Spokane City Attorneys office (defended city in negligence trial). He is a past deputy prosecuting attorney for Pierce County (handled thousands of cases, and trials), and served as a pro-tem judge in Eatonville Municipal Court.
Prior to law school, Kevin grew up and worked on a 40 acre farm, in Orting, WA. He also picked berries 3 summers (starting at age 9). Worked chicken farm, milked cows, daffodil bulbs & corn fields, produce farms, hay fields, collected tree cones, Christmas boughs, grocery store & gas station. He spent 6 summers logging near Mt. Rainier & S.E. Alaska, 3 more summers on seafood barges in Alaska (crab & salmon in Bering Sea - Aleutian Islands to Nome). Thinned apples alongside migrant workers in Wenatchee. Fought forest fires, commercial painter, hod carrier & Laborers Union in Spokane. While in high school, he backpacked 2 1/2 months Europe & North Africa; official Taps bugler Soldiers Home. Paid own way through college & law school. Also traveled throughout United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, West Indies & South Pacific (hitch-hiked across USA). 1/2 subject 1957 world wide news "twins lost in woods". Provided legal services to Tacoma's low-income Hilltop area.
Kevin was a 4-year varsity letter winner at WSU, where he was captain of the wrestling team. He received an NCAA Division 1 scholarship, graduated with two degrees, and was awarded the Pacific-10 Conference Medal (1979 outstanding student-athlete award).
At Orting High School, Kevin was a 4-year varsity letter winner in football and wrestling, and was the student body president. He became the 1st NCAA Division 1 wrestler from the town of Orting. After college, he coached in Spokane and in 1990, was named head wrestling coach at Orting high school. He also did internships at Spokane City Hall, and in Washington, D.C.
Kevin is involved in the community, and was chair of the Edgewood Planning Commission. He enjoys reading, traveling, splitting wood, mushroom picking, crabbing - Shaw Island property, gardening (featured in Puyallup Herald, 5/08), hiking, mountain climbing (solo Mt. Rainier '94; summitted 10 times), running (2015 back-to-back Marathons; Tacoma & Eugene, age 59), & watching the news shows on Sunday morning.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Law Review||Gonzaga Law School||1984|
|"Mr. Spokane" (1st runner up)||City of Spokane||1981|
|Pacific-10 Conference Medal (outstanding student-athlete award)||Washington State University||1979|
|Wrestling (4-year letterwinner)||Washington State University||1979|
|NCAA Division 1 scholarship (5 years)||Washington State University||1979|
|Selected USA College All Star||Washington State University||1979|
|Phi Alpha Theta (History)||Washington State University||1979|
|Kilworth Charitable Scholarship||Orting High School||1974|
|Solo Practitioner||Yanasak Law Offices||1987 - Present|
|Judge Pro-tem||Eatonville Municipal Court||2008 - 2008|
|Staff Attorney||Hyatt Legal Services||1986 - 1987|
|Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||Pierce County Prosecutors Office||1985 - 1986|
|Legal Clerk||Private Law Firms||1983 - 1985|
|Legal Clerk||Spokane City Attorneys Office||1983 - 1983|
|Volunteer Income Tax Assistance||IRS||1983 - 1983|
|Intern||Spokane City Hall||1980 - 1981|
|Intern||Washington, D.C.||1977 - 1977|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Planning Commission - Edgewood||Chair||2003 - 2005|
|Puyallup Tribal Court||Member||2001 - Present|
|Family Law Section - TPCBA||Member||1994 - Present|
|U.S. District Court Eastern Division||Member||1993 - Present|
|U.S. District Court Western Division||Member||1986 - Present|
|U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit||Member||1986 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||1985 - 1986|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Member||1985 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1985 - 1986|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1983 - 1986|
|Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International||Member||1981 - 1982|
|Court of Appeals, Division 2||State v. Tobias, 53 Wn. App. 635 (1989)|
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|Gonzaga University School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|Washington State University||Political Science||BA||1979|
|Washington State University||History||BA||1979|
|Orting High School||N/A||Diploma (Student Body President)||1974|
|Rogers High School||Justice System in Washington||2003|
|Alternative School in Tacoma||Justice System in Washington||1997|
|Orting High School||Justice System in Washington||1991|