Ken Masters is celebrating 25 years litigating civil appeals. He practices in all areas of the civil law in Washingotn's state and federal appellate courts in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Olympia, including in 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. He recently learned that he will be listed as a Top 10 Super Lawyer for Washington State for 2017.
Ken currently serves as a Trustee of the Washington State Bar Foundation, and as Chair of the Washington State Bar's Escalating Costs of Civil Litigation Rules Drafting Task Force. He previously served as Treasurer and Governor on the WSBA'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), for which he substantiallly reworked the Brief Writing chapter. He also contributed to its third edition (WSBA 2005 & Supp. 2010). He has chaired and taught dozens 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, President of the Legal Foundation of Washington and of the Coalition Ending Domestic Violence, and was also a judicial clerk for three appellate court judges. Ken and Kara met in law school. Ken was a Teaching Assistant for Kara's Constitutional Law class, but she married him anyway.
Prior to law school, Ken 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. 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.