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I'm a Tri-Citian, a trial lawyer and a elementary-school mom.  My path to the law began as a high school clerk at the firm where I am now a partner.  I was inspired by trial work and by people who spend their days fighting the powerful insurance companies.  By the time I was in law school, I had worked for three different firms in Eastern Washington and I knew that plainitffs' work was where my heart was at. 


I was honored to be selected as the 2009 "Ready to Soar" New Member of the Year by the Washignton State Association for Justice.  I am "A-Rated" by Martindale Hubbell and have been chosen as a Washington "Rising Star" for the last three years.  I serve on the WSAJ Board of Governors and I try cases to juries.  In 2013, I was honored to work with a client and the legislature in Olympia to rewrite the law on the a landlord's obligation to protect the keys to its tenant's residence.  The "Safe Keys Law" RCW 59.18.060(7) was the result of the brave client continuing her fight after the case resolved.  


I have sued Fed Ex, Allstate, Mutual of Encumlaw, the City of Seattle, the City of Richland, school districts, manufacturers of products, doctors and landlords on behalf of the injured.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    11 years
  2. Trucking Accident: 25%
    11 years
  3. Car Accident: 25%
    11 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 25%
    11 years



Contingent (33%)

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  • Steven L Hill

    Kristi brings talent and energy to complex injury cases. She gets the details right, works hard and never loses sight of the ethical considerations. I endorse her wholeheartedly.


    Steven Hill Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Gerald Raymond Bublitz

    Intelligent, driven and no surprise on the success she's achieved. Congrats McKennon! Would recommend to anyone needing an attorney.


    Gerald Bublitz Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Flynn Merriman McKennon, P.S.

8203 W. Quinault Ave, Suite 600
Quinault Point
Kennewick, WA, 99336


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
2009 New Member of the YearWashington State Association for Justice2009
Law Dean's ScholarshipUniversity of Idaho2005
Langroise ScholarshipUniversity of Idaho2004
George Warren Law ScholarshipUniversity of Idaho2003
Idaho Law ReviewUniversity of Idaho2002
Outstanding Pre Law StudentWashington State University2000
Cadd Foundation ScholarshipCadd Foundation2000
Judge Thomas & Marshall Neill Memorial ScholarshipWashington State University2000
University Achievement AwardWashington State University1999
Scholar in ResidenceWashington State University1999
Cadd Foundation ScholarshipCadd Foundation1999
Washington State Honors AwardWashingon State Superintendent of Public Instruction1998
Ray A Kroc Youth Achievement AwardMcDonalds Corp.1998
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 598 Scholarship AwardLocal Union 5981998
Richland Rotary ScholarshipRichland Rotary1998
Cadd Foundation ScholarshipCadd Foundation1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderFlynn Merriman McKennon, P.S.2008 - Present
AssociateFlynn Merriman, P.S.2005 - 2008
Intern Deputy ProsecutorBenton County Prosecuting Attorney2005 - 2005
Intern Deputy ProsecutorWhitman County Prosecuting Attorney2004 - 2005
ParalegalCrary Clark & Domanico2001 - 2002
Legal AssisstantIrwin, Myklebust Savage & Brown1998 - 2001
File ClerkFlynn, Merriman & Palmer1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeBoard Member2012 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Washington chapter)Member2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Kennewick High School Mock Trial TeamCoach2005 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle Member2005 - Present
Benton Franklin County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Phi Kappa Phi Honor SocietyN/AN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationNew Member Committee Vice Chair2007 - 2008
People for Safe CommunitiesTreasurer2007 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationChair Tri City Roundtable2007 - 2008
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationNew Member Committee2006 - 2009
Idaho Law ReviewPatron Program Coordinator2004 - 2005
Washington State DemocratsDelegate to State Convention2004 - 2004
Phi Beta Kappa Honor SocietyN/A2001 - 2002
Washington State Paralegal AssociationMember2001 - 2002
National Soceity of Collegiate ScholarsN/A2000 - 2001
Washington American Civil Liberties UnionBoard Member1999 - 2000
Golden Key Honor SocietyN/A1999 - 2000
Phi Theta Kappa Honor SocietyN/A1998 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gauthier v. PetersonPlaintiff's Verdict
Train v. HallPlainitff's Verdict
Casey v. FoosSettlement for policy limits
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial NewsTop Ten Things I Wish I Knew Then2010
Trial News, Washington State Trial LawyersBill Reinig--Giving Back With Purpose2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Washington State UniversityPre-Law Political ScienceB.A. Magna Cum Laude, Minor Criminal Justice2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Auto CLEChair: Looking Down the Road in Your Auto Case2013
Luvera SeminarTrial2012
Legal Aid CLESimplify & Visualize Your Personal Injury Case for Maximum Impact2011
Hammer or be Hammered: Trying the UIM and PIP CasesJury Trial of an UIM Claim2011
One Size Does Not Fit All--Different Trial Styles for Different Trial LawyersJury Selection2010
University of Idaho Career PanelBuilding Client Confidences & Overcoming Bias2008
WSTLA--Tri City Brown BagTrying Times for Allstate in Eastern Washington2007
University of Idaho Career PanelBridging the Gap--What They Don't Teach You in Law School2007
Unviersity of Idaho Career PanelLife as a Plaintiffs' Attorney2006