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Karolyn has handled cases ranging from $100,000 to $26 million in her commercial litigation practice on behalf of major corporations, closely held businesses, fiduciaries and individual parties. In her trust and estate dispute practice, she has successfully represented parties in their roles as personal representative, attorney-in-fact, trustee, beneficiaries and heirs.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Estate Planning: 33%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 33%

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  • Christopher C Lee

    I have the pleasure of being on the other side of the line from Karolyn and am always glad to see her. Karolyn is very intelligent and moves her client's cases forward in an efficient and focused manner. A great attorney to have involved in a case.


    Christopher Lee Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Elena Luisa Garella

    I endorse this lawyer. Karolyn is honest and responsive, has a practical streak a mile wide, and is very smart. To top it off, she has a great sense of humor and a pleasant casual style.


    Elena Garella Appeals Attorney
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Contact info

Stokes Lawrence

1420 Fifth Avenue Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98101-2393


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2016
Top Rated Lawyer in Trust & EstatesAmerican Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell2015
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2015
Top 50 Women LawyersWashington Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell Peer Review2013
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2011
Outstanding Young LawyerKing County Bar Association2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderStokes Lawrence2008 - Present
AttorneyStokes Lawrence2000 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Litigation Sub-Committee of the Washington State Bar Association Real Property Probate and Trust SectionMemberN/A
Litigation Sub-Committee of the Washington State Bar Association Real Property Probate and Trust Section quarterly newsletter "The Codicil"EditorN/A
King County Bar Association Neighborhood ClinicsVolunteer AttorneyN/A
Q-LAW Judicial Evaluation CommitteeMember2009 - 2011
King County Bar Association's Neighborhood Legal Clinics CommitteeMember2007 - 2008
King County Bar Association's Young Lawyers DivisionBoard of Trustees and Current Events2006 - 2008
ACLU of WashingtonCooperating Attorney2001 - 2004
ACLU of WashingtonBoard of Directors2000 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
Stokes Law BriefsTop 10 Ways to Reduce Family Controversy in Trusts and Estates2014
Stokes Law BriefsWill Contests: To File or Not to File? That is the Question2014
King County Bar BulletinTalking TEDRA2014
Stokes Law BriefsCourt of Appeals Sets Record Straight on Fiduciaries' Role and the Scope of TEDRA2014
Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Section NewsletterA TEDRA Litigator's Advice on How Best to Defend Against a Challenge to Documents you Draft2012
Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Section NewsletterTeach Those Children Well: Successor Fiduciary Administration (and Litigation)2011
37 Real Property & Trust, Washington State Bar AssociationWho Gets the Proceeds of Life Insurance2010
Sixth Annual Trust & Estate Litigation CLE"Insurance Issues in Trust & Estate Litigation"2009
Washington Probate DeskbookEstate Disputes2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawN/A2000
Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Maintaining a Balance: Ethics & Probate LitigationNuts & Bolts of TEDRA2015
Divorce, Washington Style: Exploring the Unique Financial Aspects of Marriage DissolutionWhen Death & Divorce Collide - Examining Wills & Estates2013
2013 Real Property, Probate & Trust MidyearE-Discovery Issues in Litigation2013
10th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation SeminarCan You Do That Under TEDRA?2013
Intellectual Property SectionHandling the Difficult Client2012
CLEThe 9th Annual Trust & Estate Litigation Seminar2012
Real Property, Probate & Trust Section MidyearHandling the Difficult Client2011
CLEThe 8th Annual Trust and Estate Litigation Seminar2011
Advanced Issues in Elder Law CLEIntroduction to Fiduciary Duties2011
CLEThe 7th Annual Trust and Estate Litigation Seminar2010
Best of CLE: Encore of ExcellenceE-Discovery Issues in Trust & Estate Litigation2008