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Awards

Over the years, our attorneys at Stritmatter Whelan Kessler (SKW) have earned local and national recognition for our success as trial lawyers and as fierce advocates for our personal injury clients. We appreciate the accolades. And we vow to continue fight for justice for those who have been wronged.

Our active involvement in legal associations helps us strengthen our craft and foster growth in others. We are proud of the accomplishments listed below and remain humble in our endeavors, despite the fact that few Pacific Northwest law firms can match this level of talent.  We are honored to be the Washington personal injury law firm with the highest number of Super Lawyers.

Awards

Firm listed as “First Tier” national law firm in US News America’s Best Law Firms

Washington State Association for Justice (formerly “WSTLA”) Trial Lawyer of the Year Award:

  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Keith L. Kessler
  • Karen Koehler
  • Leonard Schroeter

Washington State Association for Justice (formerly “WSTLA”) President’s Award:

  • Paul Stritmatter
  • Karen Koehler

Washington State Association for Justice (formerly “WSTLA”) Alvin Anderson Award:

  • Paul Stritmatter
  • The entire firm of Stritmatter Kessler as one recipient

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Outstanding Plaintiff’s Lawyer Award:

  • Keith L. Kessler

Accomplishments

President, Washington State Bar Association

  • Paul L. Stritmatter

President, Washington State Association for Justice (formerly “Washington State Trial Lawyer’s Association”)

  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Keith L. Kessler
  • Leonard Schroeter
  • Karen Koehler

Champion of Justice, Highest Award given by Public Justice (formerly “Trial Lawyers for Public Justice”)

National President, Public Justice (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice)

  • Brad J. Moore
  • Paul L. Stritmatter (former)

Washington State Association for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • Paul L. Stritmatter

Listed in “Best Lawyers in America”:

  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Paul W. Whelan
  • Keith L. Kessler
  • Leonard Schroeter
  • Karen Koehler

Washington 2015 Super Lawyers:

  • Paul Stritmatter
  • Keith Kessler
  • Paul Whelan
  • Karen Koehler
  • Brad Moore

Washington 2012 Top 10 Super Lawyers:

  • Paul Stritmatter

Washington 2014 Top 10 Super Lawyers:

  • Karen Koehler

Washington Law & Politics 2013 Top 100 Super Lawyers:

  • Paul Stritmatter (since 1983)
  • Keith Kessler
  • Paul Whelan
  • Karen Koehler

Washington Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015:

  • Courtney Ackley

Washington Law & Politics 2008 – 2015 Top 50 Female Super Lawyers:

  • Karen Koehler

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

  • Karen Koehler, Washington State Delegate, Minority Caucus Delegate

American Board of Trial Advocates (invitation-only)

  • Paul Stritmatter (WA Chapter Trial Lawyer of the Year)
  • Paul W. Whelan (WA Chapter Trial Lawyer of the Year)
  • Keith L. Kessler (WA Chapter President)
  • Karen Koehler

American College of Trial Lawyers (invitation-only)

  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Keith L. Kessler
  • Karen Koehler

Damage Attorneys Round Table (invitation-only)

  • Paul L. Stritmatter (Past-President)
  • Keith L. Kessler (Past-President)
  • Leonard Schroeter

Clerk for Washington Supreme Court Justices

  • Paul W. Whelan (Justice Robert C. Finley)
  • Paul L. Stritmatter (Justices Matthew Hill and Charles Stafford)
  • Keith L. Kessler (Justice Robert C. Finley)

Washington State Supreme Court Jury Instructions Committee

  • Garth L. Jones
  • Paul L. Stritmatter
  • Keith L. Kessler