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Kenneth Scott Kagan

Licensing Attorney at Bellevue, WA

5.0   22 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 41 years
    New York - NY 30 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 31 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kenneth

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PROTECTING THE LIVELIHOOD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONALS.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

Location

Law Office of Kenneth S. Kagan, PLLC

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and expedient
Mr. Kagan did an outstanding job dealing with and mitigating my case with DOL. His professionalism and experience far exceeded my expectations. He also achieved this at a very fair rate for his service. I highly recommend Mr. Kagan. Mr. Kagan was also able to explain the process and was very easy to talk with.
Posted by Tyler | October 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
World Class Attorney
Ken is an excellent attorney. He guided my defense efforts to protect my career with an excellent outcome. The system is incredibly complicated, it is much more powerful than you, and sadly it doesn't care about your personal details. You need a skilled attorney to guide you. Mr. Kagan is second to none.
Posted by Karim | March 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
He represented me years ago and still consult with him. Sharp professional and well reputed.
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best legal experience in WA
I am a healthcare professional and was facing serious allegations of misconduct. Ken Kagan helped me avoid disciplinary action of any kind. For this I will be eternally grateful. And while our focus was very much result oriented, it was really Mr Kagan’s personability that set him far apart from other legal professionals. He treated me like a human being with respect, sincerity and compassion during all of our interactions and inspired trust and confidence at every turn. This may seem an exaggeration but it is not. Even had my case not turned out so favorably for me, there would be little I would change about this post. Recommend, recommend, recommend. Thanks Ken.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2021
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The absolute best
Ken represented me in ethics issues with the state bar association, obtaining dismissals outright and then again on appeal. The entire process can induce a lot of anxiety, but Ken immediately put me at ease as he explained the potential outcomes and the likelihood of each outcome occurring. His legal writing is exemplary and his clients benefit from the credibility he has cultivated over the years. I would recommend Ken to any professional facing issues with their licensing board. Protecting your livelihood is too important to go with anyone else.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2021
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Highest recommendation
Ken represented me on a very complicated, highly publicized legal ethics complaint and I could not be happier with the representation. He was professional, courteous, and highly responsive. He obtained a much better outcome than I expected and am thrilled with the results. This was an extremely difficult and scary experience and he walked me through it one step at a time. It definitely doesn’t hurt that he probably has more knowledge and experience in this field than any other attorney in Washington! Highly recommend.
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Posted by Festus | April 9, 2021
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Review on Lawyer, Ken
Lawyer Kenneth Kagan represented me in a complicated case, and the outcome was acquittal. He tries to understand the nature of the case, and comes up with a thoughtful defense approach. Ken was though and aggressive when defending his client. I am of the opinion, Ken is one of the best attorney's in criminal cases in WA. I highly recommend Ken.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2021
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Very knowledgeable, excellent resource
Ken helped me with a matter with the Washington Health Professional Services, his vast knowledge regarding healthcare professionals and how your licensure can be impacted by legal matters was invaluable to me. He was prompt when contacted, offered great advice even before I hired him, and he did excellent work when speaking on my behalf.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2020
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Highly Recommend!
I was referred to Ken for a character and fitness issue with the state bar association. Under what were extremely stressful circumstances, Ken's professional, understanding demeanor put me at ease. Throughout the process, Ken was highly knowledgeable and available for all of my questions. With his advocacy, the issue was resolved quickly and favorably. I cannot recommend him enough!
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Posted by Rachael | August 22, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful Experience
Ken was very prompt with his response and gave advice that was very clear and easy to understand. I would highly recommend Ken!
Posted by Theresa | April 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Quick, efficient and kind
I have used Mr Kagan twice in the last year for incidences regarding the Washington Board of Nursing. When I hired him, I was in fear of loosing my nursing license. Mr Kagan worked with me and the WA Board of Nursing to reach a quick resolution. Again when there was a further issue with my license, he was immediately there for me representing me with the Board. Another quick and positive resolution. His inside knowledge of the WA BRN was invaluable and assisted in my avoiding any action against my nursing license. He came highly recommended and was worth every penny. I also found his fees to be very reasonable for what turned out to be career saving work on his part.
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Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2017
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Expertise Provides Peace of Mind
An attorney friend of the family recommended Mr. Kagan to me because he specializes in licensing law, and there was no one in my immediate geographic area with this expertise. I had suddenly found myself shocked to be dealing with a complaint that had a potential negative affect on my license to practice as a medical provider. It can be both insulting and frightening to have this happen, particularly when you are a single parent provider with no history of any sort of wrong doing. I had been advised that innocence is not necessarily an adequate defense in such matters, so I talked to Mr. Kagan and decided to hire him. He was obviously personable and knowledgeable, and handing the case over to him gave me the peace of mind I needed to continue to be present for my patients, my child, etc. He adjusted the amount of his retainer for me because of the type of case, etc., and only charged for necessary work that spoke to real action on the case. So not only was he knowledgeable and personable, he was also honest and kind. While no one wants to be in the position of defending a professional license, I would certainly recommend Mr. Kagan to anyone in such a position and would return to him myself with further professional legal issues.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2017
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Dept of Licensing Specialist - Best representation I've ever hired
Hired Ken to help prepare and assist me in my real estate brokers license application for the WA Dept of Licensing and he knocked it out of the park for me. Quick and timely responses, punctual work rate and honesty in billing for services. Ken is a straight shooter, great listener and knows exactly how to work hand-in-hand with the states licensing departments. Less than a week following his services, I had my license hung with a firm in downtown after having worked on it myself without legal representation for over 9 months. Totally worth the cost because your getting a top quality specialist. If you have problems with anything regarding a state issued license, Ken is the man to call. I'll never use anyone else going forward. Great attorney, great guy, straight shooter and well versed in his areas of expertise. Feel very fortunate to recommend such a quality attorney.
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Posted by Kathleen | February 11, 2017
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Excellence and Ultimate Peace of Mind
If you are new to the world of defending yourself legally, like me, Kenneth Kagan is the attorney for you. From the first phone call to the final email, he was available to me, present at all times, realistic and more than fair financially. He personally had a good and powerful rapport with the county investigator, lawyer and as far as I know most of the nursing board, and could tell me exactly where I stood. Now that everything is officially over with the best outcome I could ever have asked for, I can honestly say he was my angel and answer to my prayers. Contact him, and you will know everything will be right in the end, and there will be a fair and honest outcome. Everything about Kenneth is 11/10!
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Posted by Ryan | July 1, 2016
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Best attorney I could have asked for!
Not only was Ken very professional in my case, but he fought until our goal was accomplished. I think one hopes not to need an attorney, however when you do I think he should be the 1st phone call you make.
Posted by Monica | November 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Strong track record and trusted advisor.
I have consulted with Ken and sought his advice about several legal matters (personal and professional) over the past two decades. Ken's wise counsel and effective advocacy consistently resulted in the best resolution for the particular set of facts/challenges. He is highly respected by judges, administrative/regulatory boards and attorneys in Washington because of his integrity, expertise, credibility and skill, whether in trial, administrative proceedings, or negotiating other effective resolutions for his clients. Ken is a knowledgeable, compassionate and trusted advisor. He is a great listener, effective communicator, and gifted attorney who calmly navigates his clients through difficult legal matters. Ken is among the finest and best in the legal profession.
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2015
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Just What I Needed!
I was referred to Ken by a well-respected professor at my law school as the best attorney in Washington for character and fitness issues and one of only a few attorneys to trust with such sensitive and career changing issues. Ken surely delivered. He knew just how to handle my situation and easily handled the road bumps that presented themselves. Ken was very familiar about my type of issues, well prepared for the board, and extremely knowledgeable able the hearing process. With Ken's help, I was approved by the Character and Fitness Board to sit for the next Bar Exam. In terms of client communication, I could not have asked for more, especially since I always wanted to stay in the loop and have my questions answered quickly. Ken was very flexible with meeting times, always available for questions, and promptly responded to all of my messages. After the hearing, he even made sure too meet with me and let me know what to expect the rest of the way and when. I am very satisfied and recommend him to anyone that encounters Character and Fitness issues. There is no one better!
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Posted by Patti | May 19, 2015
You want Ken Kagan on your side
I was referred to Ken Kagan for help in attaining my professional license. Ken answered the phone immediately and spent a lot of time getting to know me and my case. Throughout the few weeks that I worked with him he always responded to my emails and always answered my phone calls. No exceptions. Ultimately, my matter resolved in my favor, thanks to Ken's diligent efforts. I have no doubt that, without Ken's assistance, this issue would have been long and messy. When your professional license is on the line, emotions and stress overwhelm your ability to think reasonably. Ken's calm confidence, reasonable approach, and competent advice during your time of stress is invaluable. You want Ken on your side.
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Posted by Amy | February 23, 2015
Great attorney!
Ken took my case, which involved a sensitive subject. He was compassion and very, very professional. Ultimately, through his handling of my case, we prevailed. I cannot speak highly enough of Ken's work.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2015
Wise advice and skilled advocacy
Mr. Kagan was my attorney through a long, complex and trying ordeal. Throughout several years, he was a constantly, though realistically calming influence. His advice, which was often crucial and contrary to my first impulse, proved to be sound. At the most important juncture, his advice to object to a procedure proposed by an ethics committee was what carried the day in my favor and produced a highly satisfactory outcome. It has been comforting and a pleasure to have his representation, and I recommend him highly.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Kenneth S. Kagan, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Carney Badley Spellman, PS
  • 1999 - 2014
  • Of Counsel
  • Barokas & Martin
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Disciplinary Counsel
  • Washington State Bar Associaiton
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Appellate Counsel
  • Broome County Public Defender
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Director
  • Washington Appellate Defender Association
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Office of Kenneth S. Kagan
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Staff Attorney
  • The Defender Association Seattle
  • 1982 - 1986
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Kentucky
  • B.A.
  • 1978

Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1995 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Disciplinary Board
  • Disciplinary Counsel
  • 1994 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Ethics in Seattle
  • Ethics - What to Do When the Bar Comes Calling
  • 2015
  • U.S.A. vs. Ehren K. Watada
  • Lt. Ehren Watada
  • 2011
  • Legal Ethics in Washington
  • Ethics
  • 2010
  • Legal Ethics in Washington
  • Ethics
  • 2009
  • Appellate Ethics
  • Appellate Ethics
  • 2009
  • Legal Ethics in Washington
  • Ethics
  • 2008
  • Legal Ethics in Washington
  • Ethics
  • 2007
  • Motions Practice in Washington
  • Post-Trial Motions
  • 2003
  • Motions Practice in Washington
  • Most-Trial Motions
  • 2002
  • Practica Legal Ethics in Washington
  • Ethics
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Ken on a number of matters over the past six years. He is a top notch advocate who always places his client's interests above all else. If you have been charged with professional misconduct of any kind, you want Ken Kagan in your corner."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Other
"I highly endorse Ken. I take great comfort in knowing that I can refer clients to him and know that they will obtain the best possible result from a bad situation. Ken is also the "go to" person for any ethical question that arises during complex cases. Ken is as intelligent as he is responsive and that is a great mix. Clients will also love that he is the perfect mix of practical yet compassionate to their situation."
Licensing Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I am representing a professional in a criminal matter, Ken is one of the main people who I regularly consult about licensing issues."
Administrative law Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Ken. Ken is a highly experienced and intelligent attorney who is passionate about obtaining positive results for his clients. Ken is also an expert in his practice areas, an attorney from whom other attorneys seek guidance."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ken is an exceptional attorney."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Ken for his services. He is the consummate professional, a fearless advocate and a highly skilled attorney. Ken is very well respected in the legal community. I strongly endorse Ken and have no reservation in sending referrals to him."
Administrative law Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken is a zealous advocate for his clients and extremely knowledgeable about the law. When a client is facing a licensing issue due to criminal charges, Ken is my go to. His background in criminal law and litigation means he is a strong advocate for his clients. I highly recommend Ken."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ken Kagan and I have worked together on several matters, and I have referred many clients to him, and will continue to do so. Ken is practical, wise, creative, and a fearless advocate. These traits combine to make him one of the most effective lawyers I know. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
Licensing Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ken Kagan is a strong advocate for those who are fighting to keep their professional licenses. I have worked with Ken as a consultant on his cases involving alleged sexual misconduct and I have seen first hand the high level of diligence, creativity and perseverance he brings to his practice. If you are in a fight for your livelihood I highly recommend you consult with Ken."
Administrative law Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Ken for over 10 years. He's one of the smartest attorneys around, a fantastic litigator, and highly respected by the bench and bar. I will continue to recommend him without reservation!"
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ken Kagan is the best choice for professional licensing matters. I have had the opportunity to observe Ken's fine work from a number of different angles. I first saw him when I was a member of the Character & Fitness Board, where I found his work far superior to all the other attorneys who appeared before us. I have referred many clients to him and all of have had wonderful outcomes and been highly satisfied with his work. I have joined him in defending individuals accused of crimes that would surely result in professional discipline if the matter went badly. Finally, I have consulted with Ken concerning ethical dilemmas of my own and his advice and counsel has always been spot on. If you are facing professional discipline Ken should be your first call."
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Bellevue Licensing Lawyer Kenneth Scott Kagan
Kenneth Scott Kagan
Licensing Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 41 years