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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 5000 animal law cases to date.

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. Lastly, Carolina Academic Press has contracted with Mr. Karp to produce the book Understanding Animal Law, as part of its Understanding series, due out in August 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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  1. Animal Law: 95%
  2. Dog Bite: 5%



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Animal Law Offices of Adam P Karp

114 W. Magnolia St., Ste. 425
Bellingham, WA, 98225

Animal Law Offices of Adam P. Karp

3351 NW Roosevelt Dr.
Corvallis, OR, 97330

Animal Law Offices of Adam P. Karp

PO Box 9696
Moscow, ID, 83843



IDAuthorized to practice law201208/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Excellence in the Advancement of Animal LawAmerican Bar Association2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
LecturerEdmonds Community College2014 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Animal LawUniversity of Washington School of Law2004 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Animal LawSeattle University School of Law2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State Bar, Animal Law SectionExecutive Committee Member2015 - Present
Oregon Animal Control CouncilMember2014 - Present
Idaho State Bar Animal Law Practice SectionFounder2012 - Present
American Bar Association's Animal Law CommitteeVice-chair2004 - Present
Washington State Bar Animal Law SectionFounder2002 - Present
Washington Animal Control AssociationMember2000 - Present
National Animal Control AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Husband Maliciously Harms Wife's Cat$10,000 emotional distress, $15,000 intrinsic value
Police Shoot Newfoundland Four TimesOffer of Judgment totaling $101,162.78.
Police Shooting of Dog in Coeur d'AleneSettlement at $80,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law JournalRecent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law2016
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law JournalRecent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law2015
American Jurisprudence TrialsUse of Force Against and By Animals2015
Thomson ReutersProof in Animal Custody Disputes, 141 Am.Jur.3d 349 (2014)2014
American Legal Reports, 90 ALR 6th 385Power of Private Citizen to Institute Criminal Proceedings without Authorization or Approval by Prosecuting Authority2013
123 Am.Jur. Trials 305Litigation Concerning Veterinary Malpractice2012
American Jurisprudence Proof of FactsDefending Against Dangerous Dog Classifications2012
70 A.L.R.6th 329Challenges to Pre- and Post-Conviction Forfeitures and to Postconviction Restitution Under Animal Cruelty Statutes2011
Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section JournalRecent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law2011
Causes of ActionSection 1983 Cause of Action for Injury or Loss to Animal2011
Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section JournalRecent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law2010
Causes of ActionCause of Action in Intentional Tort for Injury or Loss to Animal2010
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal (ABA)Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law2009
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal (ABA)Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law2008
Causes of Action (Thomson West)Causes of Action for Loss of or Injury to an Animal by an Animal2008
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal (ABA)Recent Developments in Animal Tort and Insurance Law2007
Animal Welfare & Law Enforcement ReportAnimal Legal Reports Services2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of WashingtonStatisticsMS - Master of Science2000
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Gonzaga UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts Honors1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Solo/Small Firm Section MeetingIntroduction to Animal Law: A Legal Safari2016
Bull in a China Shop: Animals in the WorkplaceVegetarian and Vegan Workplace Discrimination2016
Bull in a China Shop: Animals in the WorkplaceAssumption of Risk: Evolution of Firefighter's Rule2016
2015 Colorado Animal Welfare ConferenceLegal Issues Relevant to All Animal Control Officers2015
12th Annual Animal Law ConferenceDeveloping Strands in Charlotte's Web: The Animal Law Caselaw update 2014-20152015
11th Annual WSBA Animal Law Section CLEDeveloping Strands in Charlotte's Web: 2012-2013 Animal Law Update2014
Animal Law SeminarThe Law of Euthanasia2013
Animal Issues in Tax, Estate Planning & Probate LawLeaving 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 Disasters2012
Animal Law: Legislation, Litigation, Ethics, and ProfessionalismDog Bites in Four-Dimenstional Legal Space2010
Animal Law SymposiumDeveloping an Animal Law Practice & Veterinary Malpractice Litigation Approaches2010
14th Annual Animal Law ConferenceDefensive and Precedential Animal Lawyering & Animal Lawyering Panel2006
unknownTort Law is Raining Cats and Dogs!, Hot Topics in Tort2006
NALS of WashingtonAnimal Law2006
Vermont Law SchoolThe Law's Curious Treatment of Nonhuman Animals2006
4th Annual Animal Law Section CLEDeveloping Strands in Charlotte's Web, the 2005-2006 Caselaw Update2006
5th Annual Animal Law InstituteCustody Disputes2005
Meeting Standards of CareImplied Causes of Action and Civil Animal Cruelty2005
TIPS Animal Law Committee Annual Meeting"DWI" Doggies Without Insurance: The Law's Curious Treatment of Uninsured Nonhuman Animals2005
3rd Annual Animal Law ConferenceDeveloping Strands in Charlotte's Web - 2004-05 Animal Law Caselaw Update2005
Steve Karp, WCOJ 1420 AM, Chester CyLegal Talk2004
ALDF and Yale Law SchoolDiscussing Noneconomic Damages2004
AM 1150 CNNSolutions with Mark Kimball2004
Second Animal Animal Law ConferenceAnimal Law Ethics & Police Shooting Dogs2004
Vanderbilt University School of LawAnimal Law 1012004
Vegan Ethics, SeattleEmerald Education, The Ethics of Aspiration2003
Assistance Dog Club of Puget SoundService Animal Access and Valuation2003
Q13 KCPQTony Ventrella Tonight, 10:35 p.m.2003
Family Dog Training CenterDog Bite Dog; Dog Bite Human2003
Washington Women Lawyer's Capitol Chapter, November Membership MeetingPuppy Mills, Companion Geese, and Other Animal Oddities2003