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 across 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. It’s no wonder that throughout the past century, the firm has been ranked nationally numerous times, most recently in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report who ranked the firm on its prestigious “Best Law Firms” list.
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 went on to climb the Karr Tuttle ranks and became 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.
701 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) (206) 223-1313
Employer Type: Private
President: Bruce E. Larson
Hiring Coordinator: Jessica G. Smith
Total No. Attorneys 2016: 56
1st year: $95,000
Summer associate: $1,900/week
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