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As a lawyer in Seattle for over 20 years, Carl Marquardt has been a successful commercial litigator and trial attorney, negotiated complex real estate and business agreements, advised business owners and investors in a wide array of matters, and served in government as the legal counsel to the Mayor of Seattle. 


After growing up in Missoula, Montana, Carl graduated from Yale University (1988) and the University of Washington School of Law (1993).  He clerked for the Honorable Mary K. Becker, of the Washington State Court of Appeals, from 1994-96, and then joined the Seattle law firm of Stokes Lawrence, P.S., where he practiced from 1997-2007. 


As an associate, and later a shareholder at Stokes Lawrence, Carl represented corporate defendants in class action lawsuits around the country, and many local business and real estate owners in disputes in the Seattle area.  And like many mid-career litigators, he became increasingly interested in helping clients to structure agreements and navigate problems without resorting to litigation.


In 2007, he opened his own law office, counseling owners and investors in real estate acquisitions and related issues related to closely held businesses in Washington, California, and Arizona.

In 2009, incoming Mayor Michael McGinn asked Carl to serve as his legal counsel.  As Legal Counsel for the Mayor from 2010-13, he was responsible for advising the Mayor and the Mayor’s staff on the wide array of issues related to City governance.  He served as the Mayor’s lead in overseeing the police and fire departments, negotiating union labor agreements, and in negotiating a Consent Decree with the United States Department of Justice to resolve allegations of police misconduct.


In 2013, Carl returned to private practice, focusing on real estate and business law.  In April 2013, he opened an office in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle, where he has lived for many years. 


Carl has been an active volunteer throughout his career with the King County Neighborhood Legal Clinics Program, which provides free, drop-in legal advice to King County residents.  He served as Chair of the Neighborhood Legal Clinics Committee, which oversees the clinics, from 2006-2009, and was the program’s “Volunteer of the Year” in 2008.  He currently serves on the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services Committee, which supports the broader array of pro bono services to County residents.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
    12 years
  2. Business: 40%
    17 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    22 years



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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  • Alexander J. Higgins

    Carl is a great lawyer. I worked with him on a number of matters in the past. He's a brilliant attorney and I wholeheartedly recommend him! -Alex


    Alexander Higgins Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office Of Carl J Marquardt

1126 34th Avenue
Suite 311
Seattle, WA, 98122


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Joseph M. Gaffney Award for Outstanding Service of an AttorneyKing County Bar Association Community Legal Services2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Carl J Marquardt2008 - Present
Counsel to the MayorCity of Seattle2010 - 2014
ShareholderStokes Lawrence2003 - 2007
AssociateStokes Lawrence1997 - 2003
Law ClerkWashington State Court of Appeals1994 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
William F. Dwyer Inn of CourtMember2005 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinics CommitteeChairman2006 - 2009
WSBA Antitrust and Consumer Protection SectionExecutive Committee2006 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Go2Net, Inc. v. C I Host, Inc., 115 Wn. App. 73 (2003)Judgment affirmed.
Branson v. Port of Seattle, 152 Wn.2d 862 (2004)Claims dismissed.
Choi, et al. v. Sung, et al. (2007)Court awarded property and damages to clients.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Puget Sound Business JournalA hotel property investor has to understand how it functions as a business2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Yale UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1988