About Karr Tuttle Campbell

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 clients.

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 numerous insurers.

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 Program.

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Karr Tuttle Campbell

701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3300
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 223-1313
Fax: (206) 682-7100


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President: Bruce E. Larson
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 56

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $95,000
    Summer associate: $1,900/week

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Aviation Law
    Banking & Lenders’ Liability
    Bankruptcy & Lenders’ Liability
    Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
    Business & Commercial Litigation
    Business & Finance
    Class Actions
    Corporate Finance & Securities
    Corporate Governance
    Directors’ & Officers Liability
    Emerging Company & Venture Capital
    Employee Benefits & ERISA Litigation
    Environmental Law
    Environmental Litigation
    Estate Planning & Administration
    Executive Compensation
    Franchise & Distribution
    Health Care
    Insurance Coverage
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Land Conservation
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Personal Injury Litigation
    Products Liability Litigation
    Professional Liability
    Real Estate & Land Use
    School Law
    Securities Litigation
    Software, e-Commerce & Technology
    Toxic Substances Litigation
    Transportation, Trade & Commerce

Major Office Locations

  • Seattle, WA