Seattle-based Karr Tuttle Campbell is a full-service firm with
strengths including personal injury and employment litigation and
labor and employment law. The firm's attorneys, however, handle the
full range of legal practice for an even fuller range of
When Starbuck Was Just a Sailor
In 1904, or, as the firm puts it, "when the name 'Starbuck'
conjured up Moby-Dick, not coffee," Day Karr and George Gregory set
up a partnership in Seattle. More than a century later, the
full-service firm maintains a Pacific Northwest focus, serving the
greater Seattle area. At almost 60 attorneys, the firm remains
relatively small, perhaps because of its goal of "offering a global
reach without sacrificing excellence" to the "size and bureaucracy"
associated with larger firms. But as Washington State's sole member
of the Law Firm Alliance, the firm is tapped into a network of
thousands of attorneys in 11 countries.
Litigation is a strong suit at Karr Tuttle Campbell, with
attorneys handling everything from personal injury and product
liability cases to intellectual property and securities disputes.
Outside litigation, the firm gives counsel on matters like venture
capital financing, corporate governance and reorganization, land
use planning and the environment, debtor/creditor rights, private
wealth management, probate, trade regulation, taxation, mergers and
acquisitions, cross-border transactions and employment relations
and labor issues.
From Fortune 500 companies to individuals, Karr Tuttle clients
come in all shapes and sizes--representing heavy manufacturing,
biotechnology, health care, education and banking industries, among
others. Big names have dotted the firm's client roster--like
Bethlehem Steel, Cingular Wireless, General Motors, Johnson &
Johnson, Monsanto, Nintendo and U.S. Sprint. The firm's clients
also include quite a few school districts, government entities and
Diversity before the Diversity Age
In its early years--long before "diversity" became a
buzzword--the firm began hiring women, including 1936 law grad
Muriel Mawer. Mawer later climbed the Karr Tuttle ranks, becoming
one of the first female senior partners in a major Seattle firm.
The firm continued its pioneering diversity work in 1989 when it
formed a partnership with a Seattle firm consisting of five black
attorneys with the intent of grabbing the interest of clients who
sought to hire minority attorneys but did not want to sacrifice the
resources of working with a larger firm. The partnership caught the
attention of the New York Times, which called the
innovative move an "unusual alliance." Today, the firm continues
its commitment to diversity by providing internships to minority
law students through the Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship