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Helsell Fetterman, LLP

1001 4th Ave., Suite 4200
Seattle, WA, 98154-1154

Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 90%
  2. Litigation: 10%

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  • Kari Ingrid Lester

    Stephanie is a tough litigator who works very hard to ensure that justice is served for those who have been wronged by their insurers. With a significant background working in the insurance industry before law school, she has the benefit of knowing the duties and obligations of insurance companies from both sides of the table. She is well respected by the Judges before whom she appears and she is widely recognized as a leader in her field by other attorneys across multiple areas of law. If you have an insurance coverage issue, I highly recommend Stephanie!


    Kari Lester Personal injury Attorney
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2015
Top 50 Women Washington Super Lawyers - Top ListSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Top Women Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Met Magazine2013
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Employee of the YearParker, Smith & Feek, Inc.1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHelsell Fetterman, LLP2015 - Present
Of CounselHelsell Fetterman, LLP2014 - 2015
Principal AttorneyCairncross & Hempelmann, A Professional Service Corporation2012 - 2015
Of CounselCairncross & Hempelmann, A Professional Service Corporation2010 - 2011
Of CounselStafford Frey Cooper, PC2007 - 2009
Of CounselOles Morrison Rinker & Baker2007 - 2007
AssociateStafford Frey Cooper, PC2003 - 2007
N/ACozen O'Connor2002 - 2002
Senior Account AdministratorParker, Smith & Feek, Inc.1997 - 2003
Senior Account AdministratorBush Cotton Thompson & Scott, Inc.1993 - 1997
Associate Account AdministratorSedgwick James1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters SocietyMember1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trident Seafoods Corp. v. Commonwealth Insurance Company (U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington at Seattle 2012)Favorable result
Polygon Northwest Company, LLC v. Aon Risk Insurance Services, West, Inc. (U.S. District Court, District of Oregon 2012)Favorable result
Democon, LLC v. Liberty Mutual Property Insurance (King County Superior Court 2011)Favorable result
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Publication nameTitleDate
JD SupraWashington Supreme Court Enhances Protection for Policyholders in the Claims Adjustment Process2013
JD SupraWashington Court of Appeals Interprets the Phrase 'Third Person' Under Definition of 'Insured Contract'2012
Lexology, in cooperation with Association of Corporate Counsel, and JD SupraInsurance company not entitled to a jury trial during a hearing to determine whether an insured's settlement with a claimant was reasonable and not the product of fraud or collusion2011
Lexology, in Cooperation with Association for Corporate Counsel, and JD SupraCoverage for code upgrades is based on the building code in effect as of the time of loss even though the building code was repealed before repairs were undertaken2011
Lexology, in cooperation with Association of Corporate CounselNo coverage for legal malpractice claim that was tendered to insurer on a 'claims made and reported' policy where the claim was tendered after the policy expired2011
Risk Management MagazineWhere Did My Coverage Go?2006
Seattle University Law ReviewThe Insurability of Punitive Damages in Washington: Should Insureds Who Engage in Intentional Misconduct Reap the Benefit of Their "Bargains?"2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
City UniversityBusinessOther - Bachelors1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Auto Insurance and the Law SeminarTypes of Insurance Policies and Requirements by State Law2013
Directors & Officers Liability Insurance ReviewProgram Chair, and Speaker during segment: "Preserving D&O Coverage for Claims and Potential Claims2012
15th Annual Labor & Employment Law SeminarDirectors & Officers Liability and Employment Practices Liability Insurance 1012012
Insurance in the Construction IndustryAllocation Issues When Multiple Insurers are Involved2011
Insurance in the Construction IndustryGeneral Liability Insurance: Hot Topics2011
Insurance in the Construction IndustryGeneral Liability Insurance: Hot Topics2010
Mock Deposition - Insurance ExecutiveDepositions2007
Insurance Ramifications of Mergers & AcquisitionsInsurance Continuing Education2006
Comprehensive Pretrial AdvocacyHow to Draft Complaints2004