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Karen J Scudder

Car accident Attorney at Kent, WA

5.0   9 reviews

Licensed for 18 years

About Karen

Learn Karen’s areas of practice.

“Karen Scudder is a phenomenal attorney with years of experience and she's dedicated to do the absolute best for her clients.”

Representing Plaintiffs in Western Washington

Karen helps people who have been injured find justice.

When you are injured, you need a lawyer who speaks in plain language. Karen understands this and combines empathy with remarkable negotiating skills to aid you. Her knowledge and experience help her provide her clients with excellent representation.

Clients love her because Karen is a people person and enjoys meeting people from all cultures and walks of life. They rely on her for the advice and counsel she gives them during the various stages of the process.

Primary Focus and Experience

Karen is a partner at Greaney Scudder Law, PLLC. She joined the firm in 2004.

Today, she dedicates her practice to representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Karen also has experience in the areas of administrative law, employment law and medical malpractice.

Karen believes in helping the little guy fight against the large companies.

Karen graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a B.A in drama. She decided to become an attorney in order to use her stage skills. She graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in 2004, earning her J.D with honors. Karen was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 2004.

You need a lawyer who will work for you, one who has the training to develop and present your best case. Karen gained valuable experience in the legal field working in the Federal and Superior Courts while attending law school. She also worked as a legal intern in a personal injury law firm in Ballard and as an extern with Judge James Cayce at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Karen enjoys traveling with her husband and learning about their new camper. They love exploring the Southwest during the wet Northwest winters. She is a star in the karaoke spotlight with microphone in hand!

Professional Licenses
• Washington State Bar Association, 2004

Professional Associations
• King County Bar Association
• Washington Women Lawyers
• Washington State Trial Lawyers Association

Education
• Seattle University School of Law, 2004
o Juris Doctor (JD)
• University of Washington, 2000
o Bachelor of Arts in Drama

Recognition and Accomplishments
Karen is committed to excellence. In recognition of her commitment, she has been selected to:
• 2018 Washington State Super Lawyers
o Only the top five percent of each state’s attorneys are selected to be on this list
• 2012 – 2017 Washington Rising Stars
• 2009 Washington Rising Stars
• Seattle Met Top Lawyer
• rating of 9.7

 

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Licensed for 18 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 02/01/2023

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

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Greaney Scudder Law Firm

Reviews

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Posted by Marae | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING!
Karen and her staff were great! They settled my case with more money than I had hoped for. My case was difficult to begin with since it was at a four way intersection and I was t-boned. Karen Scudder is a phenomenal attorney with years of experience and she's dedicated to do the absolute best for her clients. She's extremely intelligent and really knows auto accidents, especially depreciation on car value. I think her degree in Drama contributes to how personable she is with clients and I believe it makes her a stronger attorney. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Cindi | April 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A pleasure to deal with!
Karen was referred to me by a professional friend and past client. I was unsure if I had a cause and a case for my grandmother. She was very knowledgable regarding the laws in Washington and saved my a lot of money with a complimentary consultation. Even though I did not hire Karen due to no case, I certainly would have.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2015
Very helpful
I was recently taken advantage of by someone in the medical field. It was a sensitive and tricky case but The Greaney Law Firm took it anyway. Karen Scudder and staff worked well as a team in support of John Greaney. They were all very respectful and sensitive to my needs. They helped me get the help I needed and fought hard for justice for me. John discussed my options with me when we got settlement offers. We held out for a larger settlement and got it! It far exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t have been more impressed with everyone in the office. I put my trust in them and they all really came through for me!-SL
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Posted by Milisa | March 26, 2014
Very helpful and knowledgable!!
Karen and John were an amazing group to work with. Karen was great to work with and would always answer my questions if John wasn’t available. Both were always very upfront with the information he provided and was definitely on my side. I would absolutely recommend either Karen or John to anyone who is looking for someone to represent them. It’s an amazing feeling to have all the stress that my husband and I have had over the past 3 years lifted from our shoulders and can move on with life. Thank you!
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Posted by Aubreyanna | July 2, 2013
Fantastic Attorney!
Karen was amazing during the negotiation with American Family Insurance. She answered all of my questions, made recommendations and even gave me alternatives to using her legal services in the beginning. As we were closer to coming to the end of the process she did and amazing job of prepping me for my deposition, gave me candid feedback and kept me informed during the entire process. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who needed legal council after a car accident.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2013
Post car accident settlement review
Karen was very helpful with handling my car accident. Made it not so stressful, was very supportive, kept me abreast as case progressed to finish. Was very happy with settlement. Have given her name as referal to other friends and family.
Posted by Sue | April 26, 2012
Trip and fall on a city sidewalk
I tripped and fell over an object in the gravel portion of a city sidewalk, slamming my face into the cement. I required stitches to my eye and it also fractured my cheek and arm. I contacted Karen through a referral from my estate/will lawyer. Karen was extremely knowledgable, ethical (but tough) She gave me realistic expectations, prompted me to document the scene in pictures repeatedly over the 2.5 years (very important) did a through investigation and backed it up with a consultation with an expert on sidewalks. She always responded to my calls and emails promptly. The city denied ownership and it grew to involve the corner lot property owners. Karen helped me understand and be confident in my deposition which lasted a grueling 3 hours. Though we were prepared to go to trial if necessary, Karen requested voluntary mediation. Karen did excellent negotiating in that mediation and after 3 hours resolved and settled the lawsuit. I came away feeling blessed. The settlement Karen reached was great. I was able to put this behind me with no bitterness and a better understanding of laws and lawyers. Karen is very diligent and tenacious. Karen is about 25 years younger than I am and thank goodness for that. She has the fire and determination that have worn out of me over the years but still burns strong with her. I strongly recommend her.
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Posted by Linda | April 25, 2012
Dental Work Gone Bad
Thank you Karen for putting a smile back on my husbands face. After we gave over $22,000 to Dr. Dan Smith of Puyallup, to fix his teeth, it was very hard on him and I both to find out Dr. Smith's work was bad. It caused my husband a great deal of pain. Then to add insult to injury, Dr. Smith denied there was anything wrong, and refused to refund our money, so my husband could get the work done right. You were a life saver. Your attention to our problem and your knowledge of the law were amazing. After talking with several other attorneys, you were the only one that stepped up to the plate, (And You Hit It Out Of The Park)!!!!!! Just can't thank you enough.
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Posted by msbris | April 25, 2012
Bad Dental Work.
I found Karen at the Greaney Law Firm in Kent, only after several other attorneys turned me down, claiming my case was not worth enough and also would be very hard to prove. I was totally broke after having just spent over $20,000 on bad dental work. After talking with Karen and John I started to see a little ray of hope. Not only did I get one great attorney with Karen, but I also got her partner John Greaney. "Don't mistake her kind politeness" When it was time to go to trial, lets just say (She will cut you off at the knees), Karen really knows her stuff!!! I cant thank Karen enough. She made me Financially, Mentally, and Physically whole again. Having Karen Scudder and John Greaney on your side is like being equipped with a nuclear missile. (THANK YOU)!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Cost

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  • Contingency 25%-40%

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Greaney Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Extern
  • King County Superor Courthouse
  • 2004 - 2004

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2004
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Wrongful Death suit against VA
  • Settled for $700,000.00
  • Allstate settles for $500,000.00 policy limits.
  • Settlement

Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Women of WSAJ
  • Member
  • N/A
  • South King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Who's Who in Plaintiff Personal Injury Law
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Who's Who in Plaintiff Personal Injury Law
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Highline Paralegal Program
  • Paralegals in Personal Injury Firms
  • 2019
  • Highline Paralegal Program
  • Paralegals in Personal Injury Firms
  • 2018
  • Kent-Meridian Career Day
  • Becoming an Attorney
  • 2016
  • Career Day
  • Tort Law
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
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Personal injury Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would highly recommend Karen for any Personal Injury matter. She is well versed in the complexities of personal injury claims and settlements. I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Other
"Karen is an outstanding, trustworthy, and reliable attorney. She would be a great choice for anyone to represent them in a personal injury claim."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of being a colleague of Karen's for almost decade and wholeheartedly endorse her. Smart, knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate, and funny, Karen has it all."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Scudder is a credit to her profession. She brings excellent writing as well as oral advocacy skills together to persuasively advance her client's case. She never forgets, however, that, in all likelihood, it is her client's first experience with the civil justice system and she goes the extra distance to make sure her client is well cared for during this process. Judy Massong"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is a bright and hardworking lawyer. She will do what it takes to obtain a fair result for her clients. Karen is kind without being a pushover and assertive without being obnoxious. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Scudder's work."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I work with Karen. She is a smart lawyer. Her strong point is communicating well with clients and assertively with insurance companies.She achieves great results. She is particularly responsive to each client's needs, keeps matters confidential, and always holds the client's interests paramount."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karen is a smart and dedicated lawyer. Her clients benefit from her intellect, fierce advocacy and compassion."
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