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I am a mediator/arbitrator and practice personal injury and civil rights law.   I was on the bench for 19 years as a Washington Court of Appeals  Commissioner and Judge and a Spokane County Superior Court Judge.  I am a neutral with the American Arbitration Association.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 40%
    8 years, 20 cases
  2. Civil Rights: 20%
    8 years, 5 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
    8 years, 10 cases
  4. Arbitration: 15%
    8 years, 4 cases
  5. Appeals: 10%
    38 years, 1.8 thousand cases



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-50%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Kenneth. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Timothy B. Fennessy

    As a former Judge on both the Superior Court and the Court of Appeals benches, Ken has the experience, knowledge and insight to help any appellant.


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Contact info

Law Office Of Kenneth H. Kato

1020 N Washington St
Spokane, WA, 99201-2237


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Trailblazer AwardNational Asian Pacific American Bar Association2000
Judge of the YearAsian Bar Association of Washington1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Kenneth H. Kato2007 - Present
JudgeWashington Court of Appeals1997 - 2007
JudgeSpokane County Superior Court1996 - 1997
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga University School of Law1989 - 1991
Court CommissionerWashington Court of Appeals1988 - 1995
Hearing ExaminerWashington State Personnel Appeals Board1985 - 1988
Associate and PrincipalHuppin Ewing1975 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Arbitration AssociationNeutral2008 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Board of Bar ExaminersExaminer2007 - Present
Washington State Bar Association Litigation SectionMember2007 - 2008
American Law InstituteElected member2006 - Present
Washington Leadership Institute Advisory BoardBoard Member2005 - 2008
Washington State Minority and Justice CommissionMember1997 - Present
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonMember1995 - Present
National Asian Pacific American Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of WashingtonPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington Leadership Institute Session VIILeadership in Smaller Communities2008
Washington Leadership Institute Session VIThe Private v. Public Sector Dilemma2008
Statewide Diversity ConferenceBecoming a Judge2008
BFDRC In-Training for MediatorsMediating family law cases2008
Mid-Year Litigation Section ConferenceDiversity and Court Proceedings2007
Eastside Diversity ConferenceDiversity on the Bench2007
Washington Judicial CollegeDiversity training for judicial officers2006