Kinnon W. Williams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Seattle, WA

Foster Garvey
 | 1111 Third Ave, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-447-4400
Fax: 206-447-9700
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain (70%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Kinnon W. Williams is a Partner in the Bellevue law firm of Inslee Best Doezie & Ryder, P.S. At the firm, he focuses his efforts on representing the interests of business owners, company leaders and municipalities from throughout Washington state in matters related to the following:

    • Eminent Domain
    • Dispute resolution
    • Municipal law
    • Real estate

    Mr. Williams began his legal career in 1986 after earning his law degree from University of Oregon School of Law and his admission to the Washington State Bar Association. However, his education did not end when he finished law school. He went on to graduate from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and annually Co-Chairs a seminar on eminent domain.

    Over the course of Mr. Williams' nearly 30-year legal career, he has earned the respect of both his clients and his peers, as evidenced by his "Superb" rating from Avvo. In addition to having served as lead trial counsel in numerous cases, he is a regularly requested guest speaker, and he has written a number of articles on various legal topics involving eminent domain, impact fees, easements and open government. He has successfully worked on legislation to make the eminent domain process fairer to landowners and is also the author of the Washington State Bar Association’s Real Property Deskbook Chapter on Eminent Domain.

    In addition to Mr. Williams' work on behalf of his clients, he also actively works within the community. He currently serves on the Board of the Washington State Bar Foundation was appointed as a Commissioner to the King County Charter Review Commission. 

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Eminent Domain
    • 20%State, Local & Municipal
    • 10%Real Estate: Business
    Focus Areas

    State, Local & Municipal Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021

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    About Kinnon Williams

    Admitted: 1986, Washington

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected as Super Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2013- 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Washington State Bar Association
    • Former Co-Chair, King County Bar Association, Judicial Conferencing Committee
    • Associate Member, Washington Fire Commissioners Association
    • Board Member - Washington State Bar Foundation
    • Former Chair, King County Bar Association, Judicial Campaign Fairness Committee
    • Associate Member, Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs
    • Washington, 1986
    • Member, King County Bar Association
    • Former Co-Chair, King County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Screening Committee
    • Former Member, The Washington Center Alumni Advisory Board, Washington D.C.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Washington State Bar Foundation Board Trustee
    • Vice Chair, Evergreen Health Foundation Board, Kirkland, Washington

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, Washington State Bar Association Real Property Deskbook Chapter on Eminent Domain, (4th ed., 2012 and supplement 2015)
    • Author, Taking Fear Out of Land Acquisition, Fire Chiefs Magazine, Denver. CO. (May 2007)
    • Contributor, Washington Fire Chiefs newsletter, 2011, 2012, 2013
    • Speaker, "Ethics for Municipal Officials," Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts, 2014
    • Program Co-Chair & Speaker, "Easements in Washington" Seattle, Seminar Group, 2013
    • Program Co-Chair & Speaker "Issues in Condemnation" Seattle, Seminar Group, 2013
    • Speaker, 81ST Washington Fire Chiefs EXPO, "Municipal Ethics," "Social Media & the Fire Service," 2013
    • Speaker, "The Process of Condemnation," Seminar Group 2010
    • Speaker, "Road Easement Law from A to Z," National Business Institute, 2010
    • Speaker, Fire Chief Magazine's National Station Style Conference, Denver Colorado
    • Speaker and Facilitator, International Right of Way Association, numerous seminars
    • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Super Lawyer Honoree, 2013 - 2018
    • The Unit Rule: Misunderstood and Rightly So, was presented to the Seattle Chapter of Appraisal Institute in an effort to assist appraisers in understanding the finer points of the Unit Rule (or Unidvided Fee Rule). This rule is often confusing in application, can lead to unjust results and is a legal fiction that is rarely used in most modern acquisitions where the condemning authority can not or chooses not to acquire the entire fee.   Presented to the Seattle Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, The Unit Rule: Misunderstood and Rightly So, Appraisal Institute - Seattle Chapter


    • King County Fire Protection Districts Nos. 16, 36, and 40 v. The Housing Authority of King County, 123 Wn. 2d 819, 1994
    • City of Lynnwood v. Video Only, Inc. 118 Wn. App. 674, 77 P.3d 378 (2003), review denied January 7, 2004
    • Arthur T. Lane, et al. v. The City of Seattle, Washington State Supreme Court Decision, No. 80204-1 October 16, 2008

    Educational Background:

    • JD University of Oregon 1986.  
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    • University of Washington, B.A. in Political Science, 1982

    Industry Groups

    • IRWA
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    Office Location for Kinnon W. Williams

    1111 Third Ave
    Suite 3000
    Seattle, WA 98101

    Phone: 206-447-4400

    Fax: 206-447-9700

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