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Stew Estes is a shareholder with Keating, Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S., and has been with the firm since August 1992. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Arizona, and a 1985 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review.


He began working in Spokane for Winston and Cashatt, and Spokane Legal Services. In 1987 he joined the Office of the Attorney General in Olympia, where he worked for five years before reentering private practice.


Since 1987, he has defended and counseled government officials and agencies, and private parties. His practice focuses primarily on the defense of damage suits containing allegations of police misconduct, civil rights act violations, sexual assault, and employment discrimination. He also handles issues such as training, risk management, and government-specific matters such as Public Disclosure, and coroners inquests. He is a frequent lecturer at CLE seminars and police training events. He has also served on several WSBA committees.


Practice areas


  1. Civil Rights: 50%
  2. Employment: 25%
  3. Government: 25%

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Contact info

Keating, Bucklin and McCormack, Inc.

800 5th Avenue Suite 4141

Seattle, WA, 98104-3189


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant Attorney GeneralOffice of Attorney General1987 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Amicus CommitteeChairman1998 - Present
Washington Appellate Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Logan/Arnold v. City of Pullman, Wash.Defense Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
21 Seattle Univ. Law Review. 101 (1997)The Short Happy Life of Litigation Between Tortfeasors: Contribution, Indemnification and Subrogation After Washingtons Tort Reform Acts1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of New Mexico School of LawN/AN/A1985
University of ArizonaN/AN/A1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Police Liabilty SeminarThe Qualified Immunity Doctrine2006