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Numerous publications and organizations have award Stritmatter Kessler lawyers each year for their outstanding work. For example, in 2014 Washington Super Lawyers recognized eight of the firm's attorneys, listing Paul Stritmatter, Keith Kessler, Karen Koehler, and Paul Whelan as Top 100 along with Brad Moore, Andrew Ackley and Courtney Ackley as honorees. Virtually every year, one of SKW partners is named in the Top 10. In 2014, Karen was listed as a Washington Top 10 Super Lawyer. We are proud to have the most Super Lawyers out of all Washington plaintiffs firms.

Clients, attorneys, judges - we respectfully approach each relationship with an open mind and the willingness to fight for superior results.

Our attorneys are considered the best in their field.  They bring specific strengths to each case, often working as a team to ensure the best outcome.  Beyond our case loads, we actively support the legal community. Three of our attorneys are past presidents of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association*, and four have been selected as the Washington State Association for Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year.* One of our attorneys is a past president of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice**. One SKW attorney has served as president of the Washington State Bar Association. Our attorneys have been honored with numerous other awards for their outstanding legal work.

Please take a moment to learn a little about one of the firm's founding attorneys, Leonard Schroeter, who left an impressive mark in the legal world.

Compassionate | Strategic | Thorough | Approachable

Paul L. Stritmatter, Partner

Few attorneys can engage an audience of 12 with the energy and compassion of Paul Stritmatter. He enjoys presenting to juries and winning justice for his plaintiff clients against major auto makers, state and local governments, product manufacturers, contractors and parties in auto collisions. Most recently, Washington Super Lawyers and Willamette Lawyer each ran cover… Read More

Keith L. Kessler, Partner

Over the past 40 years, Mr. Kessler has been nationally recognized for his record-breaking multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. He has represented brain and spinal cord injury survivors, as well as the families of victims of wrongful death. Much of Mr. Kessler’s practice focuses on roadway design, bicycle accident, product liability, and airplane/helicopter crash cases. Most recently,… Read More

Karen K. Koehler, Partner

Nicknamed “The Velvet Hammer™” by some of her adversaries, Karen is known for her creativity, tenacity and trial skills. Few plaintiff attorneys try more cases than Karen. Success in the courtroom means that Karen enjoys a strong reputation with insurance companies and corporate defendants who would rather opt to value cases properly for settlement instead… Read More

Brad J. Moore, Partner

As a partner in the Seattle offices of Stritmatter Kessler, Brad’s practice focuses on nursing home liability, products liability, aviation injuries, class actions and insurance litigation. His insurance work involves pursuing Coverage, Bad Faith, and Consumer Protection Act claims on behalf of policyholders and insureds Brad has tried to verdict or judgment over 75 cases… Read More

Andrew Ackley

Andrew Ackley is a dynamic attorney who fights relentlessly for his clients. Andrew’s practice focuses on complex liability claims, including wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, aquatic injuries, and serious injury auto accidents. Andrew was born and raised in the Northwest. He attended the University of Oregon as an undergraduate, where he studied Political Science,… Read More

Courtney Ackley

Courtney Ackley is a tenacious attorney who is committed to her clients’ specific goals.  With meticulous attention to detail, Courtney has successfully prosecuted dozens of personal injury and business misconduct claims. Her practice focuses primarily on automobile accidents, dangerous products, and consumer protection violations. Courtney grew up in southwest Washington and landed in Seattle in… Read More

Travis Jameson

Travis Jameson is highly regarded by his clients, peers and opponents for his intensity, creativity and passion in the courtroom. As a proud trial lawyer, he is fiercely protective of his clients and is relentlessly determined in his pursuit for justice on their behalf. He is passionate in his constant fight to make our communities… Read More

Garth L. Jones

Garth Jones has a reputation as the firm’s master of appellate court brief writing and research. He also authors briefs at the trial level and has been instrumental in developing the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions. Before joining the firm, Garth served as legal analyst with the Office of the Administrator for the Courts in Olympia…. Read More

Brian Ladenburg

Brian Ladenburg proudly represents victims of wrongdoing, and has for nearly 20 years.  Brian joined Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Koehler Moore in January 2018, where his practice focuses on catastrophic wrongful death litigation, highway design, product liability, and other complex matters.  Brian’s clients seek his counsel during very difficult and often tragic times. Prior to joining… Read More

Daniel R. Laurence

We call him “Bike Man Dan” because of his passion for cycling and his bicycle safety advocacy. He has co-authored our firm’s booklet on the subject of Bicycle Litgation. Dan regularly represents those wrongly injured in bicycle-related collisions and approaches each bicycle claim realistically with the eye of an experienced and prudent cyclist. Still, Dan’s… Read More

Sean Malcolm, Of Counsel

Sean Malcolm practices in all areas of personal injury law. He is dedicated to representing and obtaining justice for individuals. Sean was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. He studied Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria and worked as a forester in B.C. before attending law school at the University of… Read More

John Meyers

John is originally from upstate New York. He is proud of his family’s dairy farm heritage and his humble roots. As a descendant of three generations of farmers, he learned the importance of hard work and diligence. John has been with the firm since 2008 when he was hired on as a legal assistant. He… Read More

Melanie Nguyen

Melanie Nguyen was born in Everett, Washington, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants. Growing up, she was influenced by the mistreatment of populations without power (minorities, impoverished communities, those affected by mental illness). This background led to her activism at the University of Washington as President of Amnesty International and eventually law school at Seattle University…. Read More

Paul Whelan-In Memoriam

All of us at Stritmatter Kessler mourn the loss of Paul. The following obituary was featured in The Seattle Times on May 4, 2018:  It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Paul Wirth Whelan on April 13, 2018. Paul was born on December 25, 1940 in Auburn, Washington. His father Harold… Read More

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