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About me

A multicultural leader who understands that legal solutions must support practical business solutions and goals.

Works with human resources managers who need strategic, real-time legal
counsel by leveraging winning trial experience and depth of human
resources knowledge of policies and procedures.

Extensive experience representing municipalities and governmental entities with all employment related issues.

Focuses on innovative, effective solutions in an unpredictable economy.

Forward thinking problem solving in the areas of:
• Impact of health care reform
• Social media use
• Diversity in the workplace
• Workplace technologies
• Downsizing, layoffs and terminations


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Employment: 33%
  3. Civil Rights: 33%


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Heath Sharpless Fox

    Kim Tran and I worked as opposing counsel on a litigation matter that involved some unique challenges including the interpretation of a rarely-invoked statute that applied to health care facilities. Kim certainly lived up to her reputation as a relentless advocate for her client. She knew the factual and legal issues inside and out and crafted compelling arguments. It was clear that she was solution-oriented and willing to discuss creative solutions beneficial to both sides. At the end of the day, I appreciated that Kim was easy to work with and we were able to resolve what could have been a highly contentious matter.


    Heath Fox Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Heather L. Carr

    I have worked with Kim for approximately 11 years, and have great respect not only for her work as an attorney, but for her as a person. Kim is a very talented attorney who represents her clients not only with tenacity, creativity, and unquestionable prowess, but with compassion and empathy. Kim understands her clients' needs and is dedicated to finding the solutions that best serve those needs. I highly recommend her not just for your employment law matters, but for your general litigation matters as well.


    Heather Carr Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Stafford Frey Cooper

601 Union Street Ste. 3100
Seattle, WA, 98101-1374


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
40 Under 40 Top Business LeadersPuget Sound Business Journal2010
Rising StarWashington Journal of Law & Politics2009
Trailblazer AwardOrganization of Chinese Americans -- Seattle Chapter2009
Excellence in DiversityWashington State Bar Association2009
Best Under 40National Asian Pacific American Bar Association2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Community Service AwardAsian Bar Association of Washington2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder/ Employment Law AttorneyStafford Frey Cooper1999 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationTrustee/ Secretary (2008)/ Chair Membership Committee2008 - Present
NAPABA Law FoundationBoard Member2008 - Present
Asian Counseling & Referral ServiceBoard Member/ President (2008-2009)2007 - Present
Vietnamese Bar Association of WashingtonBoard Member2007 - Present
Seattle Women's CommissionMayoral Appointee to Commission2006 - 2008
Washington State Bar AssociationLeadership Institute Fellow2005 - 2006
Asian Bar Association of WashingtonBoard Member, President 2006, Chair JAJEC2003 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Holscher v. City of GoldendaleSummary Judgment in Favor of Client
NW Technical v. Bechtel Hanford Inc.Summary Judgment in Favor of Client (affirmed by 9th Circuit)
Gibson v. Kirkland et. al.Obtained defense verdict in favor of police officers and won unique and rare prosecution counterclaim (currently on appeal in the Ninth Circuit).
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Publication nameTitleDate
Employment WorkshopsSexual Harassment Updates2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Tufts UniversityPolitical Science & EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2010 Western Washington Diversity and Inclusion ConferenceInclusion in the Workplace2010
17th Annual Employment Law InstituteWhat Does Ethnic and Race Discrimination Mean in an Increasingly Diverse Workforce?2010
IPMA-HR WW/ Board MeetingMental Health Parity2009
Employment Law UpdatesProjected Speech in the Workplace during an Election Season2008
Employment Law UpdatesDeveloping Employment Policies for Email, Cell Phones, IMs and Text Messaging2008
Employment Law InstituteADR in Employment Law2008
Employment Law UpdatesWhat Not to do at the Holiday Party2007
Annual ConventionTorts Liability Instructor2007