Over nearly 30 years, Ken Masters has handled hundreds of civil appeals in all areas of the law. Since 2017, he has been honored as a “Top 10” Washington “Super Lawyer”; he was “ranked #2” in 2018, and “ranked #1” in 2019. He has also been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” (appeals), and in various publications’ lists of “Top 100” Washington lawyers, for more than a decade. This resulted in Ken’s receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from America’s Top 100 Lawyers®.
Mr. Masters handled trial and appellate civil litigation for two years before becoming a judicial clerk for the Honorable Elaine Houghton, ret., on Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals. After his clerkship, Mr. Masters practiced trial and appellate civil litigation in Seattle for several more years before joining his former law partner, Charlie Wiggins, on Bainbridge Island, focusing solely on civil appeals. Mr. Masters founded Masters Law Group (MLG) after Mr. Wiggins’ election to the Washington State Supreme Court.
Mr. Masters has chaired and presented at dozens of appellate practice seminars and actively pursues pro bono work. Since 2004, he has been listed on the Washington State Supreme Court’s Pro Bono Honor Roll, recognizing over 50 hours of pro-bono service in a year. He is a past co-director of the Freemont Free Legal Clinic, and is a member of Kitsap Free Legal Services. He is also active in the community, having served on the boards of several community organizations .
Mr. Masters also has been very active in various bar association committees, sections, and leadership, serving as a WSBA Treasurer and Governor, and chairing the WSBA’s Rules & Procedures Committee (which oversees the court-rule-making process) and its Amicus Committee (overseeing appellate briefs filed on behalf of the Bar). Mr. Masters also chaired the King County Bar Association’s Appellate Section (serving as Section President in 2008-09) and its Amicus Committee, and he co-chaired its Judicial Screening Committee (rating candidates for trial and appellate judicial positions). He served as President of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association from 2007 to 2013, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Ken is married to Kara Masters, who is of counsel to MLG, and who also clerked for several appellate court judges. They met in law school. Ken was the Teaching Assistant for Kara’s Constitutional Law class, but she married him anyway.