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Ken Hart is a Principal at Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.  His practice is focused on commercial and business
transactions, business startups, real estate transactions and related
litigation. He assists clients with business formations, as well as with
negotiating and drafting partnership, shareholder and employment contracts; and
negotiating and documenting business purchases and sales and secured sales


For many of his business clients, Ken serves the role of general counsel to
handle such matters as lease negotiations, vendor disputes, employment issues,
sales and acquisitions, and ownership succession. He strives to stay current
with his clients and to be available and responsive when they need help and
advice, so that they can concentrate on running and growing their businesses.


In addition to business law, Ken has extensive litigation, trial practice and
appellate experience in various courts and jurisdictions, both state and
federal, and in a broad range of areas. These include general civil litigation,
commercial and real estate law. He has researched and written extensively on the
law as it pertains to adverse possession, property boundary line and easement
disputes, and is a sought-after CLE speaker on those topics. Ken is also a
trained mediator and experienced arbitrator.


Both by training and inclination, Ken is a problem-solver, and his approach
to the practice of law is collaborative. That means helping clients better
understand whatever situation they are facing and providing them with
information and guidance they need to make informed decisions. Ken's experience
as both a transactional lawyer and litigator allows him to better provide his
clients with insightful strategic planning and the advice they need to meet
their day-to-day challenges.


Professional Honors and Activities

Ken has been active in both the state and local bar associations, and over
the years has served with distinction in various leadership roles. In 1990, Ken
was honored as the Washington State Bar Association's Young Lawyer of the Year.
Ken is also a former treasurer of the King County Bar Association. He served for
three years on the Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board, a
dedicated group of practicing lawyers and laypersons appointed to review
complaints of lawyer misconduct and determine disciplinary actions when


Ken is the former editor of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual and a former member of the Editorial Advisor Board for De Novo magazine. He has also served as chairman of the King County Fair Judicial
Campaign Practices Committee and currently serves as a Trustee of the King
County Bar Association's Employee Retirement Fund. 



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
  2. Contracts: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 15%
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Bradley Gillett

    Ken brings skill, intelligence and professionalism to the table. In a complicated commercial real estate lawsuit, where the parties often took matters personally, Ken remained steady and courteous throughout, while always being a dogged advocate for his client.


    Michael Gillett Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Scott Roberts Weaver

    Ken has assisted me with many matters over the past two years. I consider him a mentor when it comes to litigation and commercial law in general. I highly endorse Ken as an attorney and as a person!


    Scott Weaver Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info


701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3600
Seattle, WA, 98104-7010


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Seattle's Top Rated LawyersALM, Legal Leaders2013
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Washington Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2013
King County's Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2012
King County's Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2011
King County's Top Lawyers 2010Seattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Helen M. Geisness Memorial AwardKing County Bar Association2002
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell1993
Young Lawyer of the YearKing County Bar Association1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderCarney Badley Spellman, PS2010 - Present
Founding PartnerLarson Hart & Shepherd, PLLC1998 - 2010
PartnerCasey & Pruzan1992 - 1998
AssociateMcGee & Reno1987 - 1992
Law ClerkWashington State Court Of Appeals Div I1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationServed 3 years on the Disciplinary BoardN/A
King County Fair Judicial Campaign Practices CommitteeFormer ChairpersonN/A
King County Bar Association's employee retirement fundFormer TrusteeN/A
King County Bar AssociationServed as the Former TreasurerN/A
Editorial Advisor Board for De Novo MagazineFormer memberN/A
Washington Lawyers Practice ManualFormer EditorN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Oak Harbor Freight Lines, Inc. v. Sears Roebuck & Co.The Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Puget Sound Business JournalWhy founders may need a business 'prenup'2009
Legal Issues and Practical Considerations, Other Methods of Creating Easements, conferenceLaw of Easements2008
Boundary Law Issues in Washington conferenceBoundary Law2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSBA CLEMoving On: A Pragmatic Approach to Succession Planning for Owners of Closely Held Businesses2013
WAPG Annual MeetingHow to Manage Your Guardianship Business2013
Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in WashingtonLaw of Easements2008
Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in WashingtonLaw of Easements2007
Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in WashingtonLaw of Easements2005
Ethics for Real Estate LawyersEthics2004
Boundary Law Issues in WashingtonBoundary Law2003