Ken Masters

Ken Masters

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Bainbridge Island, WA

Masters Law Group, PLLC
 | 241 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Phone: 206-780-5033
Fax: 206-842-6356
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate
Attorney Profile

Ken Masters has litigating civil appeals for over 25 years. His hundreds of appeals have concerned virtually every significant legal subject matter, ranging from adverse possession to zoning, and to ZZ Top (copyright infringement). Specific appeals include constitutional questions (e.g., First Amendment and civil rights issues); contracts and other business matters; debtor and creditor; injunctions; insurance coverage; employment law; family law; landlord/tenant; new trial issues; products liability; professional malpractice (legal and medical); property disputes of all sorts (including land use, mortgages, and real estate litigation); statutes; secured transactions; securities; torts (including complex personal injury); trusts and estates (including wills); workers compensation; and of course complex civil and appellate jurisdictional and procedural questions.

Mr. Masters regularly practices in all of Washington’s appellate courts, including each Division of the Washington State Court of Appeals (Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane); the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (Seattle and San Francisco); and the Washington (Olympia) and United States (Washington, D.C.) Supreme Courts.

In addition to serving his clients faithfully, Mr. Masters strongly believes in serving his profession and the public. He has served on the WSBA Board of Governors (including as treasurer); chaired numerous bar committees and a task force; and served as Trustee and President of the Washington State Bar Foundation. He has chaired and/or presented at dozens of CLEs on appellate practice and other substantive legal areas. He has long served as Contributing Editor for the WASHINGTON APPELLATE PRACTICE DESKBOOK, most recently rewriting the brief writing chapter for the latest (4th) edition. 

Mr. Masters is honored to have been repeatedly listed as a "Top 10" and “Top 100” Washington attorney and Super Lawyer®, and in Best Lawyers in America® for appeals, and to have received a "Lifetime Acheivement Award" from America's Top 100 Attorneys®. He is also very proud to have appeared on the Washington State Supreme Court's Honor Roll for pro bono service (at least 50 hours a year) since 2004. He is also a past President of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow both of the American Bar Foundation, and of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Certificates and Credentials

About Ken Masters

Admitted: 1992, Washington

Professional Webpage:


  • Peer review, Appellate Law, Best Lawyers in Amerca, 2010
  • Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 2010
  • Peer review (1998 - 2015), AV, Martindale-Hubble
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2014
  • Peer election, Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Peer review (2010-present), AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubble

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, WSBA Escalating Costs of Civil Litigation Rules Drafting Task Force (2016-2018); Trustee, Washington State Bar Foundation (2016-2018); Treasurer, WSBA Board of Governors (2014-2015); 1st Dist Governor, WSBA Board of Governors (Sept. 2012 - 2015); WSBA Rules & Procedures Committee, Chair (2009-2012); member (2004-2012).  KCBA Judicial Screening Committee, Chair (2005-2006); member (2002-2009, 2011 - present).  KCBA Appellate Law Section, President (2008-09); member (2005-present).  WSBA Amicus Committee, Chair (2001-2003); member (2000-2003).  Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, Co-president (2007-2013), member (2003-present).  ABA (2001-present); member, Council of Appellate Lawyers.  Washington State Association for Justice, member (1998-present), Eagle (1999-present)., 2016

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • WSBA Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation (2004-present)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Contributing Editor, WSBA Washington Appellate Practice Deskbook, 4th Ed. (forthcoming), 3rd Ed. (2005, Supp. 2009-2010).  Chair and/or Presenter, dozens of appellate practice and legal writing seminars (1998-present). 


  • Past success is no guarantee of future outcomes. Marriage of McRae, Washingon State Court of Appeals No. 50178-3 (July 10, 2018) (successfully reversed imputation of income and child  support award); Esate of Rathbone, 190 Wn.2d 332 (2018) (successfully reversed use of TEDRA to contradict PRs' decision in nonintervention probate); Wright v. Lyft, 189 Wn.2d 718 (2017) (successfully obtained opinion that all five elements of CPA are met when one receives a commercial electronic text in violation of CEMA); Estate of Kangas, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 49867-7-II (Nov. 14, 2017) (successfully defended estate distribution); K.H. V. Olympia Schl. Dist, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 48583-4-II (Aug. 22, 2017) (successfully defended defense verdict); Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc.187 Wn.2d 743 (2017) (successfully reversed jury verdict due to incorrect instruction regarding the duty to warn under the Wash. Prod. Liab. Act); Mr. 99 & Assoc., Inc. v. 8011, LLC, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 73737-6-I (December 27, 2016): successfully obtained reversal of summary judgment, and grant of summary judgment on appeal, denying commission to commercial real estate broker; In re Marriage of Cheng, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 47937-1-II (November 22, 2016): successfully defended multimillion-dollar property distribution and maintenance award to wife; Shoval v. Valet Parking Systems, Inc., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 73757-1-I (November 21, 2016): successfully obtained reversal of jury verdict and remand for new trial due to trial court's failure to honor affidavit of prejudice; In re Custody of S.F.-T.C., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 32367-6-III (Feb. 9, 2016): successfully reveresed order granting third-party custody, vindicating a mother’s constitutional right to custody and care of her child; rev. denied (June 28, 2016); Jaimes v. NDTS Const., Inc., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 73148-3-I (June 6, 2016): successfully obtained reversal of summary judgment dismissing injured worker’s suit against third party); Dept. of Lab. & Indus. v. Rowley, Washington State Supreme Court No. 91357-9 (March 17, 2016): successfully defended a worker’s compensation award; Gould v. North Kitsap Bus. Park, LLC, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 46358-0-II (Jan. 19, 2016): successfully defended judgment for trip-and-fall injuries; Arp v. Riley, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 72613-7-I (Dec. 28, 2015): successfully reversed summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's personal injury claim based on judicial estoppel; In re Adoption of H.L.S., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 46807-7-II (Dec. 15, 2015): successfully defended termination of parental rights; Lightner v. Shoemaker, Washington State Court of Appeals No. 70746-9-I (Dec. 2014), rev. denied, 183 Wn.2d 1008 (July 8, 2015): successfully reversed judgment and obtained new trial regarding interpretation of restrictive covenants protecting views; ADA Motors, Inc. v. Butler,, Washington State Court of Appeals 70047-2-I (July 22, 2014), rev. denied, 182 Wn.2d 1012 (March 4, 2015): successfully obtained reversal of jury verdict and remand for new trial due to a jury instruction error on behalf of the plaintiff in a Uniform Trade Secrets Act case; Crews v. AVCO Corp., Washington State Court of Appeals No. 70756-6-I (January 12, 2015): successfully defended default judgment (due to discovery violations) and roughly $10 million in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages verdicts in favor of the family of deceased pilot and her daughter, and against manufacturer of an allegedly defective aircraft engine., 2015
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Office Location for Ken Masters

241 Madison Avenue North
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Last Updated: 5/22/2019

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