Mr. Karp is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated and AVVO 10.0 Superb-rated lawyer who exclusively practices animal law throughout the States of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Having graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. Honors, and University of Washington with a J.D. and M.S. in statistics, this is his eighteenth year actively practicing law. He estimates having evaluated and/or handled over 5250 animal law cases to date. In October 2016, Mr. Karp's book Understanding Animal Law was published by Carolina Academic Press.
Mr. Karp founded and served as first chair of the Washington State Bar Association's Animal Law Section in 2002 and has held executive committee positions since its formation. He founded the Idaho State Bar Association’s Animal Law Practice Section in 2012 and continues to serve on its executive committee. In 2015, he became an executive committee member of the Oregon State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section. He has also been a vice chair of the American Bar Association’s (“ABA”) Animal Law Committee since its creation in 2004.
Mr. Karp served six years as a contributing editor of the Animal Legal Report, produced by Animal Legal Reports Services, regularly writes on the topic of animal law, and routinely speaks around the nation about animal law, including at Yale, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Vermont Law School. He has taught and continues to teach animal law at the University of Washington School of Law since 2004 and Seattle University School of Law since 2003. In 2014, he began teaching as a lecturer on animal law at Edmonds Community College. He has been quoted in TIME, the National Law Journal, the ABA Journal, and other periodicals, including dedicated articles on his practice in the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, Pacific NW Magazine, and Seattle Magazine.
The American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Animal Law Committee's annual Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award recognizes exceptional work by an Animal Law Committee member who, through commitment and leadership, has advanced the humane treatment of animals through the law. Mr. Karp received this award in 2012.
Mr. Karp has co-authored the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section’s Survey on Animal Tort and Insurance Law for ten consecutive years, published three articles in Thomson West’s Causes of Action series (pertaining to injuries to animals by animals, intentional injuries to animals by humans, and Section 1983 claims involving injury to an animal); two annotations in American Legal Reports (pertaining to preconviction and postconviction forfeiture of animals and private prosecution of crimes); two articles in the legal encyclopedia American Jurisprudence Trials (pertaining to veterinary malpractice litigation and use of force against and by animals); co-authored one article in the legal encyclopedia American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts related to defending dangerous dog classifications; and authored an annotation on custodial disputes pertaining to animals in American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts.
Mr. Karp recently finished an annotation on litigating service animal access disputes, and is scheduled to complete one on the admissibility of cadaver dog evidence in late-2016.
He has chaired several animal law continuing legal education (“CLE”) conferences hosted by the WSBA, spoken at over fifty CLEs around the nation, all on the subject of animal law, including in New Mexico, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida.
With positive results, he argued before the Washington Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the subject of animal law, resulting in some decisions that many regard as seminal: Womack v. von Rardon, 133 Wash.App. 254 (III, 2006); Mansour v. King Cy., 131 Wash.App. 255 (I, 2006); Sherman v. Kissinger, 146 Wash.App. 855 (I, 2008); Clarke v. Tri-Cities Animal Care & Control Shelter, 144 Wash.App. 185 (III, 2008); In re Lababit, 2009 WL 7751426 (9th Cir.BAP(Wash.)2009); Downey v. Pierce Cy., 165 Wash.App. 152 (II, 2011); In re Rodrigues-Lababit, 415 Fed.Appx. 839 (9th Cir.2011); Twitchell v. Kerrigan,175 Wash.App. 454 (I, 2013); Criscuolo v. Grant Cy., 540 Fed.Appx. 562 (9th Cir.(Wash.)2013); and Criscuolo v. Grant Cy., 2014 WL 527218 (E.D.Wa.Feb.10, 2014).
Since first joining a superior court arbitration panel in 2006, he has been appointed arbitrator over twenty times. Mr. Karp now sits on such panels in Mason, Thurston, Kitsap, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. Mr. Karp also has acted as a mediator for-hire to resolve animal-related disputes.
Mr. Karp serves as an advisory board member for the Animal History Museum and Center for Wildlife Ethics. He also volunteered his time to the Northwest Wildlife & Rehabilitation Center, now part of the Whatcom Humane Society. Further, he completed a life-changing 10-day and later 3-day course at the Vipassana Northwest Center and meditates daily.
Mr. Karp and his wife have been vegan for seventeen and twenty-five years, respectively, and care for four cats, ages 5, 7, 8, and 20.
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|ID||Authorized to practice law||2012||10/16/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law||American Bar Association||2012|
|Lecturer||Edmonds Community College||2014 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor of Animal Law||University of Washington School of Law||2004 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor of Animal Law||Seattle University School of Law||2003 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Oregon State Bar, Animal Law Section||Executive Committee Member||2015 - Present|
|Oregon Animal Control Council||Member||2014 - Present|
|Idaho State Bar Animal Law Practice Section||Founder||2012 - Present|
|American Bar Association's Animal Law Committee||Vice-chair||2004 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Animal Law Section||Founder||2002 - Present|
|Washington Animal Control Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|National Animal Control Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Anderson v. Hayles||Double victory|
|Police Shooting of Dog in Coeur d'Alene||Settlement at $80,000|
|Police Shoot Newfoundland Four Times||Offer of Judgment totaling $101,162.78.|
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|Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal||Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law||2016|
|Carolina Academic Press||Understanding Animal Law||2016|
|Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal||Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law||2015|
|American Jurisprudence Trials||Use of Force Against and By Animals||2015|
|Thomson Reuters||Proof in Animal Custody Disputes, 141 Am.Jur.3d 349 (2014)||2014|
|American Legal Reports, 90 ALR 6th 385||Power of Private Citizen to Institute Criminal Proceedings without Authorization or Approval by Prosecuting Authority||2013|
|123 Am.Jur. Trials 305||Litigation Concerning Veterinary Malpractice||2012|
|American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts||Defending Against Dangerous Dog Classifications||2012|
|70 A.L.R.6th 329||Challenges to Pre- and Post-Conviction Forfeitures and to Postconviction Restitution Under Animal Cruelty Statutes||2011|
|Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section Journal||Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law||2011|
|Causes of Action||Section 1983 Cause of Action for Injury or Loss to Animal||2011|
|Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section Journal||Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law||2010|
|Causes of Action||Cause of Action in Intentional Tort for Injury or Loss to Animal||2010|
|Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal (ABA)||Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law||2009|
|Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal (ABA)||Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law||2008|
|Causes of Action (Thomson West)||Causes of Action for Loss of or Injury to an Animal by an Animal||2008|
|Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal (ABA)||Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law||2007|
|Animal Welfare & Law Enforcement Report||Animal Legal Reports Services||2003|
|University of Washington -Seattle||Statistics||MS - Masters||2000|
|University of Washington -Seattle||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Gonzaga University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts Honors||1995|
|Solo/Small Firm Section Meeting||Introduction to Animal Law: A Legal Safari||2016|
|Shelter Law Symposium||Dangerous Dog Classifications||2016|
|Bull in a China Shop: Animals in the Workplace||Vegetarian and Vegan Workplace Discrimination||2016|
|Bull in a China Shop: Animals in the Workplace||Assumption of Risk: Evolution of Firefighter's Rule||2016|
|2015 Colorado Animal Welfare Conference||Legal Issues Relevant to All Animal Control Officers||2015|
|12th Annual Animal Law Conference||Developing Strands in Charlotte's Web: The Animal Law Caselaw update 2014-2015||2015|
|11th Annual WSBA Animal Law Section CLE||Developing Strands in Charlotte's Web: 2012-2013 Animal Law Update||2014|
|Animal Law Seminar||The Law of Euthanasia||2013|
|Animal Issues in Tax, Estate Planning & Probate Law||Leaving the Estate "For the Animals"||2013|
|ABA-CLE (Animal Law Committee)||Adoption Contract Disputes, A Forever Home for Fido: Animal Custody Issues in Adoptions, Divorces, and Disasters||2012|
|Animal Law: Legislation, Litigation, Ethics, and Professionalism||Dog Bites in Four-Dimenstional Legal Space||2010|
|Animal Law Symposium||Developing an Animal Law Practice & Veterinary Malpractice Litigation Approaches||2010|
|14th Annual Animal Law Conference||Defensive and Precedential Animal Lawyering & Animal Lawyering Panel||2006|
|unknown||Tort Law is Raining Cats and Dogs!, Hot Topics in Tort||2006|
|NALS of Washington||Animal Law||2006|
|Vermont Law School||The Law's Curious Treatment of Nonhuman Animals||2006|
|4th Annual Animal Law Section CLE||Developing Strands in Charlotte's Web, the 2005-2006 Caselaw Update||2006|
|5th Annual Animal Law Institute||Custody Disputes||2005|
|Meeting Standards of Care||Implied Causes of Action and Civil Animal Cruelty||2005|
|TIPS Animal Law Committee Annual Meeting||"DWI" Doggies Without Insurance: The Law's Curious Treatment of Uninsured Nonhuman Animals||2005|
|3rd Annual Animal Law Conference||Developing Strands in Charlotte's Web - 2004-05 Animal Law Caselaw Update||2005|
|Steve Karp, WCOJ 1420 AM, Chester Cy||Legal Talk||2004|
|ALDF and Yale Law School||Discussing Noneconomic Damages||2004|
|AM 1150 CNN||Solutions with Mark Kimball||2004|
|Second Animal Animal Law Conference||Animal Law Ethics & Police Shooting Dogs||2004|
|Vanderbilt University School of Law||Animal Law 101||2004|
|Vegan Ethics, Seattle||Emerald Education, The Ethics of Aspiration||2003|
|Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound||Service Animal Access and Valuation||2003|
|Q13 KCPQ||Tony Ventrella Tonight, 10:35 p.m.||2003|
|Family Dog Training Center||Dog Bite Dog; Dog Bite Human||2003|
|Washington Women Lawyer's Capitol Chapter, November Membership Meeting||Puppy Mills, Companion Geese, and Other Animal Oddities||2003|