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For nearly 25 years, Ken Masters has litigated civil appeals in all areas of the law in state and federal appellate courts in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Olympia, Washington, including both Supreme Courts. He is a past president of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation, and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Ken serveed as Treasurer and Governor on the Washington State Bar Association's Board of Govenors (2012-2015), where he chaired the Budget & Audit and Personnel Committees, and the Disciplinary Selection Panel; he was also liaison to the Court Rules & Procedures Committee, which he formerly chaired.  

Ken  is also a contributing editor for the fourth edition of the WSBA's Appellate Practice Deskbook (2016), and contributed to its third edition (WSBA 2005 & Supp. 2010). He has chaired and taught numerous continuing legal education seminars on writing and appellate practice throughout Washington.

Ken was born in Moses Lake, Washington, and then wandered to various places with his military family.  He is married to Kara Masters, who is Of Counsel to Masters Law Group, and was also a judicial clerk for several appellate court judges. They met in law school. Ken was a Teaching Assistant for Kara's Constitutional Law class, but she married him anyway.

Prior to law school, Mr. Masters was a professional musician and instructor, recording, touring and teaching music for about ten years. He still plays jazz guitar and records with various groups as time permits. Recently, he was honored to play in a group that was nominated as one of the top five performances in the northwest's premieir jazz festival, the 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.


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  1. Appeals: 100%
    24 years



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  • Stephen Louis Bulzomi

    have worked with Ken Masters for over 25 years. Ken always has taken time to listen to my questions and give me valuable advice regarding legal and appellate issues that frequently crop in my my complex case practice. Ken has helped me navigate thorny issues more times than I can count, and has helped me stay out of the appellate courts on countless occasions. When I need to retain counsel to handle an appeal for me, Ken is my "Go To" guy. He has capably handled numerous appeals for my clients, usually involving cutting edge issues involving reversals of trial court dismissals. He has skillfully helped me protect the rights of my injured clients with passion, vigor and a high level of resolve. Ken and Shelby present a powerful voice in the appellate courts for the cause of our clients. I give Ken my highest recommendation as a lawyer.


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  • Gary Lee Raaen

    I wholeheartedly endorse Ken Masters. I have worked with Ken on a number of matters, and he is an excellent appellate lawyer. When a client needs someone to handle an appeal, Ken is always my first recommendation. In addition, Ken is very generous with his time and expertise in answering questions on appellate issues and procedures.


    Gary Raaen Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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Masters Law Group, PLLC

241 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110-1811


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lifetime Acheivement AwardAmerica's Top 100 Attorneys2016
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2016
Top 100 AttorneysLaw & Politics Media2016
Top Teir Metro., AppellateBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 100 Washington LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2015
Top Teir Metro -- AppellateBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyer, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 100 Washington LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2014
Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2013
Top 100 Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Top Teir AppellateBest Lawyers2013
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Top 100 Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Top Teir AppellateBest Lawyers2012
Top Lawyers in WashingtonSeattle Business Monthly2012
FellowAmerican Academy of Appellate Lawyers2010
Top 10 Appellate LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Top 100 Washington LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyersWashington Law & Policitcs Magazine2007
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Rising StarsWashington Law & Politics Magazine1999
Am. Jur. Awards (x3)Amercian Jurisprudence1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderMasters Law Group, PLLC2011 - Present
OwnerWiggins & Masters, PLLC1998 - 2010
AttorneyEdwards, Sieh, Smith & Goodfriend, P.S.1995 - 1998
Judicial Clerk to Judge Elaine Houghton, ret.Washington State Court of Appeals1994 - 1995
AttorneyBurgess Fitzer, P.S.1993 - 1994
AttorneyAlbertson & Smith1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar FoundationTrustee2016 - Present
KCBA Appellate Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Washington Appellate Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Kitsap County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1998 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationTreasurer2014 - 2015
Washington State Bar AssociationGovernor, 1st Dist.2012 - 2015
Washington State Bar AssociationChair, Rules & Procedures Commitee2009 - 2012
KCBA Appellate Law SectionPresident2008 - 2009
Washington Appellate Lawyers AssociationPresident2007 - 2013
KCBA Judicial ScreeningCo-Chair2004 - 2005
Washington State Bar AssociationChair, Amicus Committee2001 - 2003
American Judicature SocietyMember2001 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tan v. Le, 177 Wn.2d 356 (2013), cert. denied (Jan. 13, 2014)Win
In re Parentage of Infant Child F.Win
PACCAR v. LisbyWin
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wash. Prac.Appellate Practice1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Metropolitan State College of DenverN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Appellate SeminarChair, and Moderator re: Settlement on Appeal2016
AAAL Annual Meeting, SeattleBrief Writing Moderator2016
Judges and Lawyers in ConversationChair, Appellate Practice2015
From Runnymede to the Temple of Justice – the Continued Relevance of Magna Carta and Tips on Appellate AdvocacyThe Purpose of Each Brief on Appeal2015
Family Law 101Ethical Challenges in the Family Law Case2015
Tacoma Pierce County Bar ConventionAppeals -- Everything You Wanted to Know2014
SU Ready for Trial SiminarGreat Legal Writing2014
Kitsap County Bar ConventionAppellate Update2014
Advanced Appellate SeminarE-Briefing & Court Rules2013