Kari Lester



P (206) 447-7000


Drawing upon her more than 20 years of extensive negotiation, litigation, trial, and appellate experience, Kari is a passionate advocate who works tirelessly for her clients to meet each of their particular litigation needs.

Kari is a Member in the firm’s Litigation practice area. Her practice emphasizes litigation including, but not limited to, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance, employment defense, municipal, and other commercial litigation, as well as appellate work. Kari has successfully handled hundreds of litigation matters with her extensive experience in all aspects of litigation including discovery, motion practice, mediations, arbitrations, and trials. She has also briefed and argued a number of cases before the Washington State appellate courts, and she has appeared as a guest speaker on trial and insurance topics.  

Whether proceeding with litigation or reaching a settlement, Kari approaches each new case with flexibility and provides comprehensive and strategic solutions for her clients. Kari represents both Plaintiffs and Defendants, giving her an advantageous and balanced perspective when navigating the difficulties of disputes and litigation.  She also believes that communication and understanding her clients’ specific goals is paramount to determining the best course of action in each case. In representing Plaintiffs, Kari has secured millions of dollars for her clients. She has also successfully defended companies and individuals in employment disputes, as well as defended municipalities in Public Records Act cases, obtaining summary judgment dismissals of claims and lawsuits in such matters.

After growing up in New York and then attending college at Wake Forest University in North Carolina (and Italy) where she obtained her B.A., cum laude, in 1995, Kari moved to the Pacific Northwest and obtained her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law in 1998. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and son, and when she is not working, Kari enjoys traveling around the world, skiing in Whistler, and cycling around Lake Washington. She also aspires to return to training for and competing in triathlons, having previously completed the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, which included swimming from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shoreline.

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