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Stephen J. Kennedy

Attorney at Law

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Supreme Court, 1986

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1989

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2017

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1986

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 1992


  • JD - Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    • Cum laude, June 1986

  • BA - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

    • With high distinction, May 1982

Professional Experience

  • Law Office of Stephen J. Kennedy

    • Solo Practitioner, September 2014 to present

  • Ater Wynne, LLP, Seattle, Washington

    • Partner, January 1994 to 2014

    • Senior Associate, October 1990 to 1994

  • Garvey, Schubert & Barer, Seattle, Washington

    • Associate, September 1986 to October 1990

Practice Description

Practice focuses on complex civil litigation and dispute resolution in both state and federal courts, and appellate advocacy before the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Extensive experience as a litigator and trial lawyer in a wide variety of business contexts, including commercial contracts, director and officer liability, shareholder and partnership disputes, real estate, construction, employment, and environmental matters.

Honors & Awards

  • Peer Review Rated AV® – Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell

  • Rated “Excellent” by

  • Seattle’s Top Lawyers, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, July 2010

  • NAACP Champion of Civil Rights Award, 2008

  • Service to Education Award, St. Joseph School, 2007

  • Ames Moot Court Competition Finalist, Harvard Law School, 1985

  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Virginia, 1981


  • Significant Changes to Federal Rule 26 Will Protect Communications Between Counsel and Testifying Expert Witness, Northwest Business Litigation Blog, 2010

  • Conflicting Decisions in Washington Court of Appeals Regarding Fraudulent Transfer Liability, Northwest Business Litigation Blog, 2007

  • Washington Supreme Court Holds that Pregnancy is not a “Disability” Under Employment Discrimination Laws, Northwest Business Litigation Blog, 2007

  • On Your Own: Your Legal Rights (co-editor), The Legal Foundation of Washington, 1991

  • Senior Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 1984-1986

Community Activities

  • Volunteers of America Western Washington. Board Member and Vice Chair, April 2018 to present.

  • Vietnam Education Fund, a Washington non-profit corporation. Director and Vice-President, 2015 to present. The VEF provides scholarships to needy students in Vietnam.

  • Covington Crest Homeowners’ Association. Board Member, June 2016 to present.

  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Volunteered five years as a Big Brother.

  • Junior Achievement. Volunteered three years as a facilitator of 7-8th Grade business and economics classes.