Karen Willie is a member of Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC (“TMDW”), a Seattle law firm. After managing her own law firm for fourteen years, she merged with TMDW in 2011. Ms. Willie concentrates her practice in water law, including landslides, floods, dams, drainage problems, riparian rights, sewage back-ups, wetlands, developments and storm water. Ms. Willie has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, including private owners, neighborhood groups, homeowners’ associations, municipalities, private and public corporations, and developers. She has successfully tried cases and obtained favorable and precedential appellate decisions, including two seminal water law opinions from the Washington State Supreme Court.
Before starting her own firm she was a partner for six years at Smith, Smart, Tabler, Hancock and Schwensen which was a small real estate and banking firm in Seattle. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Willie was a deputy prosecuting attorney for King County. While at King County, she was a criminal prosecutor and trial attorney in the Special Assault Unit. She moved to the Civil Division and advised the Surface Water Management Division and defended its cases. She was instrumental in the development of a Surface Water Design Manual that was adopted by the state and eventually adopted by most of the counties and cities in Washington.
Also a trained Mediator, Ms. Willie understands the technical side of disputes and conflicts. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Willie obtained a degree from Antioch University with a specialty in clinical psychology. She was a therapist for ten years and was Chief of Staff at a non-profit, residential treatment center in New York City for heroin addicts. Ms. Willie brings the skills from her prior career to her general law practice and mediation practice. She has completed a forty-hour certification course, the Alhadeff basic and advanced mediator course in Seattle and the Advanced Attorney Mediator training in Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Willie is a frequent speaker at CLEs on water law topics, including surface water, riparian rights, landslides, wetlands, rockeries and lateral support. She has been repeatedly recognized by Washington Law & Politics magazine as a “Super Lawyer.” Ms. Willie has been fondly known as the “Water Witch” since her time at King County.
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Karen has unparalleled knowledge and experience in liability issues resulting from landslides and water diversion in the state of Washington. Karen fights harder for her clients than any other lawyer I've ever known, because she truly cares about them and wants to make sure that their problems are solved.
Michael Daudt Class action Attorney
Karen and I were partners in the same law firm for several years, and I know her work well. She is an excellent attorney, and the most knowledgeable lawyer I have ever known in the field of water law. Karen is a vigorous advocate, but is practical as well. She is a pleasure to work with.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Washington Super Lawyer||Super Lawyer||2006|
|Washington Super Lawyer||Super Lawyer||2005|
|Washingotn Super Lawyer||Super Lawyer||2004|
|Project of the Year ($2M-$10M category)||American Public Works Association||1996|
|Partner||Terrell Marshall & Daudt and Willie, PLLC||2011 - Present|
|Owner||Law Offices of Karen Willie||1997 - 2011|
|Partner||Smith Smart||1990 - 1997|
|Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||King County||1987 - 1989|
|Prosecuting Attorney||King County||1985 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Attorney-Mediators||Member||2004 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Dispute Resolution Section||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association||Environmental Law and Real Estate Section||N/A|
|Commercial Real Estate Women||Member||N/A|
|Trinity Methodist Church||Staff-Parrish Relations Committee||N/A|
|DiBlasi v. Seattle||Obtained Favorable Judgment|
|Phillips v. King County||Obtained Favorable Judgment|
|City of Fircrest v. City of Tacoma||Favorable Judgement|
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|King County Bar Association News||"Landslide and Surface Water Madness and Mayhem"||2013|
|Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education||“The Law of Surface Waters & Earth Movement For the Neighborhood"||2009|
|King County's Surface Water Management Division||Surface Waer Manual||N/A|
|Institute for Conflict Management, LLC||N/A||Mediation Certification||2005|
|Fordham University School of Law||N/A||J.D.||1985|
|Antioch University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Law Seminar||Hydrology and the Law||2015|
|The Record||Legal Implications in Oso Landslide||2014|
|The Ben Shapiro Show||Oso Landslide||2014|
|Seattle Real Estate Chat - Episode 27||A discussion on the Oso Landslide and the ramifications on the property||2014|
|Nightly News||How Washington Mudslide Catastrophe Could Have Been Prevented||2014|
|News Interview 3/27/2014||Oso Landslide||2014|
|Hydrology For Lawyers||Fundamentals of Water Law||2014|
|myLawCLE Live Broadcast||The Fundamentals of Waterlaw||2013|
|Impacts of FEMA Floodplain Remapping Conference||“Interplay between Flooding Hazards and Other Water Issues.”||2013|
|Impacts of FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program on Local Development and Regulations||Liability Issues Related to Flooding and Floodplains||2013|
|Washington State Bar Association, Board of CLE||The Law of Surface Waters and Earth Movement for the Neighborhood||2012|