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DIANA K. CAREYcurrently chairs the Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency Practice Group at Karr Tuttle Campbell. She has bachelors, MLS and JD degrees from the University of Washington and was certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification in 1995. She has an extensive background in bankruptcy and creditors' rights, representing landlords and creditors in contested bankruptcy matters. Ms. Carey has been a state court receiver, a Chapter 11 Trustee and also represented state court receivers, bankruptcy trustees and unsecured creditors' committees; she has at times represented debtors in Chapters 7 and 11. 


Ms. Carey is a frequent speaker on insolvency topics and has often been recognized by her peers, including most recently the Number 1 ranked attorney in 2015 among the Top 10 Attorneys for Super Lawyers Magazine (formerly Washington Law and Politics), Top 50 Female Super Lawyers in Washington since 2005, Top 100 Attorneys in Washington since 2008, Best Lawyers in America (2014/15, including Seattle Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency "Lawyer of the Year," for 2015), and Chambers & Partners USA (2013/15).   In 2014, she was inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy where she serves on the pro bono committee; she also serves on the National Super Lawyers Advisory Board, the Executive Board of the T.T. Glover Mediation Program,and Friends of the University of Washington Libraries. 



Bar-related activities include boards of the King County Bar Association and King County Bar Foundation (President 1995-96) and she is a former president of CENTS, a nonprofit which provides financial education to persons in the Puget Sound area. Her community service includes the boards of Seattle Chamber Music Society (President 2012-14), and Washington Women’s Employment and Education. She acted as her firm’s liaison to the UW’s Law Firm Annual Challenge and served nine years on the UW’s Law School Foundation.  


Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11: 70%
  2. Bankruptcy: 30%
    30 years, 500 cases

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  • Cynthia A. Kuno

    I have been opposing counsel against Ms. Carey on a number of occasions. She exemplifies the standard of legal practice that most attorneys aspire to but can seldom obtain, she exhibits the highest standards of professionalism coupled with a sharp intellect and impressive knowledge of the law.


    Cynthia Kuno Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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Contact info

701 5th Ave Ste 3300
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Avvo Top Bankruptcy/Debt LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
SuperLawyer, Top 100 AttorneysN/A2007
Top Business AttorneysN/A2007
Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women AttorneysWashignton Law & Politics2007
Seattle's 155 Top LawyersSeattle Magazine 1/072007
SuperLAwyer, Top 50 Women AttorneysN/A2006
Seattle Magazine, Top LawyersN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Super LawyerN/A2003
Super LawyerN/A2002
Super LawyerN/A2001
Certification/Business LawN/A1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderKarr Tuttle Campbell1986 - Present
Libraries and Technical Information CentersThe Boeing Company1974 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Education and Training ServicesPresident2007 - Present
Seattle Chamber Music SocietyBoard Member2007 - 2007
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2002 - 2007
Turnaround Management AssociationBoard2000 - 2007
University of Washington Law School FoundationBoard member2000 - 2007
Gallery ConcertsTrustee, VP1996 - 2005
Consumer Education and Training ServicesVice President, Board1995 - 2007
King County Bar FoundationPresident, Board Member1993 - 1999
King County Bar AssociationTrustee1993 - 1996
WA Women's Employment & EducTrustee, President1988 - 1998
Publication nameTitleDate
King County Bar BulletinReceiverships: panacea or dodo bird?2006
King County Bar BulletinBankruptcy Reform Act2005
KTC AlertBusiness Changes in Bankruptcy Reform Act2005
Washington Law ReviewCivil Rico1985
UnknownReceiverships as alternatives to bankruptcyN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of WashingtonInformation ScienceMLS1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar AssociationReal Estate Issues in Bankruptcy and Receiverships2014
Washington State Bar AssociationSummary Judgments in Bankruptcy2013
Real Estate Litigation RevisitedReal Property Related Litigation in Bankruptcy2006
Annual AIRA ConferenceSubstantive Consolidation (panel moderator)2006
19th Annual NW Bankruptcy InstituteReceiverships in the Northwest2006
Monthly SeminarsReceivership Law Changes2005
8th Annual Real Estate InstituteREceiverships - An Overview2000
Red Flags: Challenges in Title TransferChallenges in Real Estate Closings1999
LLCsAdvantageous Uses of LLCs1996