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Ken Payson’s practice focuses on class action defense, other complex commercial litigation and appellate work, particularly with respect to claims under state and federal consumer protection laws. Ken represents clients from a variety of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, software and digital media companies. He has obtained numerous orders dismissing putative class actions and has successfully defended them on appeal. Ken also has broad experience representing clients in product liability, employment, licensing, contract, insurance coverage, securities and intellectual property cases.


Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 80%
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
  3. Appeals: 10%

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  • Daniel J. Dunne JR

    I worked side-by-side with Ken at a prior firm for a number of years. Ken is a creative, tough and intelligent lawyer who marries intellect and experience in finding creative ways to solve class action problems. He is an incredibly hard worker with unwavering persistence and the highest integrity, I recommend Ken with enthusiasm for any significant commercial litigation engagement, especially in consumer class actions.


    Daniel Dunne Securities and investment fraud Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA, 98101


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Excellence in Diversity AwardWashington State Bar Association2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Best Lawyers Under 40National Asian Pacific American Bar Association2002
Anthony Dragonette Memorial AwardUniversity of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law1996
American Jurisprudence AwardUniversity of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law1996
American Jurisprudence AwardUniversity of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDavis Wright Tremaine LLP2008 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorSeattle University School of Law2005 - Present
ShareholderHeller Ehrman LLP1998 - 2008
Judicial Law ClerkWashington State Supreme Court1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minority Bar Associations of WashingtonCo-Chair, Joint Committee on Law Firm Diversity2007 - 2009
Washington Leadership InstituteBoard Member2007 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationExecutive Director Search Task Force2006 - 2007
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonPresident2004 - 2004
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonPresident-Elect2003 - 2003
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonVice President2002 - 2002
King County Bar Foundation Diversity CoalitionCo-Chair of Development Task Force2002 - 2002
Washington State Minority and Justice CommissionMember1999 - 2005
National Asian Pacific American Bar AssociationBoard of Governors1999 - 2000
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonChair, Judical Evaluations Committee1998 - 1999
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonBoard Member1997 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationJudicial Recommendation Board1997 - 2000
Publication nameTitleDate
California Law ReviewCheck One Box: Reconsidering Directive No. 15 and the Classification of Mixed-Race People1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
California State University, HaywardSociologyB1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Real Estate Mortgage Market LitigationRecent Developments in Borrowers' Use of Litigation to Resist Foreclosure2010
The 26th Annual Antitrust and Consumer Protection SeminarProcedural Developments and Strategies for Consumer Protection Act Claims2009
Commercial Credit Workouts ForumLender Liability and Risk Mitigation2009
Washington Chapter, Association of Corporate CounselMinimizing Class Action Exposure2008
Washington State Bar AssociationThe 24th Annual Antitrust and Consumer Protection Seminar2007
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter SocietyClass Action Lawsuits: An Insurance Industry Overview2006
Comprehensive Advanced Conference on Innovative Strategies for Litigating Class Action SuitsHow a Defendant's Assertion of the Right to Trial by Jury Can Be Used to Help Defeat Class Certification2005
ABA National Conference for the Minority LawyerDiversity and Adversity Within Diversity2005