Karen J. Scudder

Karen J. Scudder

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Kent, WA

Greaney Scudder Law Firm, PLLC
 | 203 Madison Avenue, Kent, WA 98032
Phone: 253-859-0220
Fax: 253-859-0440
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009, 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

“Karen Scudder is a phenomenal attorney with years of experience and she's dedicated to do the absolute best for her clients.”


Representing Plaintiffs in Western Washington


Karen helps people who have been injured find justice.


When you are injured, you need a lawyer who speaks in plain language.  Karen understands this and combines empathy with remarkable negotiating skills to aid you. Her knowledge and experience help her provide her clients with excellent representation.


Clients love her because Karen is a people person and enjoys meeting people from all cultures and walks of life. They rely on her for the advice and counsel she gives them during the various stages of the process.


Primary Focus and Experience


Karen is a partner at Greaney Scudder Law, PLLC. She joined the firm in 2004.


Today, she dedicates her practice to representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Karen also has experience in the areas of administrative law, employment law and medical malpractice.


Karen believes in helping the little guy fight against the large companies.


Karen graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a B.A in drama. She decided to become an attorney in order to use her stage skills. She graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in 2004, earning her J.D with honors. Karen was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 2004.


You need a lawyer who will work for you, one who has the training to develop and present your best case. Karen gained valuable experience in the legal field working in the Federal and Superior Courts while attending law school.  She also worked as a legal intern in a personal injury law firm in Ballard and as an extern with Judge James Cayce at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.


Karen enjoys traveling with her husband and learning about their new camper. They love exploring the Southwest during the wet Northwest winters. She is a star in the karaoke spotlight with microphone in hand!


Professional Licenses

  • Washington State Bar Association, 2004


Professional Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association



  • Seattle University School of Law, 2004
    • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • University of Washington, 2000
    • Bachelor of Arts in Drama


Recognition and Accomplishments

Karen is committed to excellence. In recognition of her commitment, she has been selected to:

  • 2018 Washington State Super Lawyers
    • Only the top five percent of each state’s attorneys are selected to be on this list
  • 2012 – 2017 Washington Rising Stars
  • 2009 Washington Rising Stars
  • Seattle Met Top Lawyer.com rating of 9.7


About Karen Scudder

Admitted: 2004, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.greaneylaw.com/Bio/KarenScudder.asp


  • Confidential dental malpractice settlement for $675,000.00
  • Under the FTCA, medical negligence claims against the VA Puget Sound included the following: Failure to inventory and take possession of patient’s leather belt during the initial patient assessment and then failing to take the belt away when it was discovered that he was not only psychotic, but suicidal; Failure to minimize the danger in the patient’s room and placing him in a room with grab bars that were not suicide resistant; Failure to plan, detail, or follow-up on suicidal ideations noted in chart notes; and Failure to supervise and observe the patient by leaving him alone in his room for hours with his belt and sturdy non-suicide-resistant shower grab bars.  The patient hanged himself.The Plaintiff in this case was the surviving spouse and personal representative of the Estate.  Special damages claimed were for the decedent’s household services as a husband, as well as funeral expenses.  No economic wage loss was claimed due to life consumption factors.      Settlement/Mediation: $700,000 for wrongful death and survival claims, including general damages awarded principally to the surviving spouse. Plaintiff’s experts:  Mathew F. Carol, M.D., Forensic Psychiatrist, San Diego, CA;  Robert Moss, Economist, Seattle, WA. Special comments:  On May 18, 2007, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (“Joint Commission”), a group that studies, examines, and certifies the accreditation status of numerous hospitals throughout the United States, inspected the VA Puget Sound and subsequently issued a preliminary denial of accreditation because inspectors discovered an immediate threat to life, including psychiatric-ward conditions posing a serious threat to patient health or safety.  The Joint Commission found that the VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s suicide assessments of mental health patients were inadequate. The Joint Commission found problems specific to the mental health units at the Seattle VA hospital, including risks in the patient room environment, such as showerheads, grab bars, and other environmental hazards that suicidal people could hang themselves with.  The Joint Commission specifically cited problems in the “acute psychiatric” ward on floor 7E, where decedent hung himself. 
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Office Location for Karen J. Scudder

203 Madison Avenue
Kent, WA 98032

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Last Updated: 4/12/2019

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