Karen Koehler – Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio

200 2nd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119, United States

Practice/Organization Description

Karen Koehler is past president of the Washington State Assn for Justice (formerly the state Trial Lawyers Assn) and winner of its prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award. She is a plaintiff personal injury wrongful death lawyer. The SKWC firm is considered to be among the best in its field in the nation.

Karen is an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Washington. She created and teaches the Female Trial Advocacy Program to lawyers. She regularly tries cases to juries and has a reputation among defense lawyers that has earned her the moniker "The Velvet Hammer."

Karen speaks around the country for state trial lawyer organizations and for the American Association of Justice. She is the past Chair of AAJ's largest section - Motor Vehicle Highway Design Premises Liability. She is currently co-chair of AAJ's Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group and an active member of its Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.

Karen is a prolific writer. She has written multiple nationally published law books in the field of personal injury for Thomson West legal. She has written law book chapters for her state bar association and trial lawyers association. In 2010 she started her well known Velvet Hammer legal blog then added the Spinal Cord Injury Law Blog. She is a regular contributor to her firm's Pacific NW Injury Law Blog and KeepWaSafe consumer blog.

In her non-legal life, Karen is Executive Director and President of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Washington. She is the mother of three daughters - Cristina, Alysha and Noelle who are the lights of her life.

Bar Admissions

Washington State Bar Association

Education

University of Washington BA

Seattle University School of Law JD

Professional Associations & Memberships

Washington State Association for Justice

American Association for Justice

Washington State Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates

Honors and Awards

Trial Lawyer of the Year - WSAJ

President's Award - WSAJ

Top 100 WA State Super Lawyers

Top 50 Female WA State Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
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