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.