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1000 Second Avenue Building
Suite 3500
Seattle, WA 98104

Toll Free: 877-438-0766
Phone: 206-292-8800
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Colleen Kinerk

Colleen Kinerk

Seattle, Washington
877-438-0766 (Toll Free)

Admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1977, Colleen has a superior reputation for her work with employment and labor issues. Her practice focuses on commercial and tort litigation as well as counseling, training and prevention work. She represents individuals, private companies, and not for profit entities before state and federal courts, as well as regulatory agencies and commissions. Colleen is also recognized as a top mediator of employment and tort cases.

Professional Highlights

  • Chair - Washington State Bar Association Access to Justice Conference Committee, 1996-present
  • Co-Chair, Washington State Bar Association Employment Law Institute, 1994-present
  • Washington Women Lawyers: Chair State Judicial Evaluation Committee II, 1990-92; Member of the Year, 1993-94; President, 1995-96; Foundation President, 1996-2001
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediators’ Roundtable
  • Trustee and President of the King County Bar Foundation
  • University of Washington Law School, Adjunct Faculty-Trial Advocacy Program, 1993-98
  • Selected for Super Lawyers, Washington Law & Politics magazine, and Best Lawyers in Seattle, Seattle Magazine
  • Faculty Member National Institute of Trial Attorneys

Professional Presentations (partial)

  • Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, Winning Without Trial - Effective Strategies for Success Before Trial, 2005
  • Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, Essentials of Drafting Series - Employment and Human Resources, 2006
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, Advanced Issues in Employment Law, 2007
  • Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, Making it Work at Work: Strategies to Foster a Positive/Productive/Litigation Free Workplace, 2008
  • Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, Employment Boot Camp: Litigation - The Jury Trial, 2009
  • Speaker, National Business Institute, Successfully Litigating Employment Discrimination , 2010

Year Joined Firm

  • 1977

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and Tort Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Seattle University, Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1974
    • Major: History/Literature

Published Works

  • Chapter Author: Washington State Discrimination Law, Butterworth Publications, 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the Year, Washington Women Lawyers, 1993 - 1994
  • Seattle University Alumnus of the Year, 1994
  • King County Bar Association Helen Geisness Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 1977 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, 1977 - Present
  • Washington Women Lawyers, 1977 - Present
  • Seattle-King County Bar Association, 1977 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1985 - Present
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediators' Roundtable, 2005 - Present


  • Alpha Sigma Nu
  • Phi Alpha Delta