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"As a former prosecutor, I bring my clients valuable insights to better represent them."

Karen D. Moore



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With deep roots as a trial attorney and civil litigator, Karen Moore began her legal career as a prosecutor. She worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office for six years before entering into private practice. Her prosecutorial experience included family law, criminal misdemeanor, felony appeals, felony drug prosecution and asset forfeiture. After joining Brewe Layman in 2001, Karen maintained her practice as a civil litigator with an emphasis in the area of family law and personal injury. Karen also continues to practice in the area of appellate law.

As a family law attorney, Karen assists clients in matters of all types. She has handled high conflict parenting cases involving allegations of sexual or physical assault, third-party custody cases, and cases involving complex property/business valuations. In addition to significant trial experience, Karen is also a seasoned mediator and arbitrator. Her experience as a Pro Tem judge and commissioner in Snohomish County helps her provide realistic and thoughtful guidance to clients as they go through the overwhelming process of litigation.

When not practicing law, Karen enjoys yoga, being outdoors, and traveling. She is active in her community, serving on the Board of Directors at the Everett Family YMCA. Karen has two adult children, one darling grandson, and one mostly darling beagle.


  • Representative Matters & Engagements

    • Obtained visitation for grandparents following the death of their daughter and stepparent adoption of grandchildren under the new non-parent visitation statutes enacted in 2018. attorney fee award for parent in same-sex relationship using child support laws because partners had not registered as domestic partners, so dissolution laws were not available.
    • Assisted domestic violence victim over several years to obtain and maintain domestic violence orders, a restrictive parenting plan to protect her children, and to represent her rights as a victim in criminal prosecution.
    • Obtained six and seven figure settlements form Snohomish County for families of inmates who died in Snohomish County Jail.
    • Obtained six figure settlement from employer for employee who was assaulted while at work by co-worker.

  • Admitted to Practice

    • Washington State Bar (1991)
    • Idaho State Bar (1992)
    • Federal District Court for District Court of Idaho (1992)
    • Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington (2016)
    • United States Supreme Court (2021)

  • Education

    • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, cum laude, 1991
    • Student Bar Association President 1990-91
    • B.S., University of Idaho, cum laude, 1986

  • Published Cases

    • State v. Watson, 56 Wn. App. 665, 784 P.2d 1294 (1990)
    • Foster v. St. Anthony, 122 Idaho 883, 841 P.2d 413 (1992)
    • State v. Davis, 90 Wn. App. 776, 954 P.2d 325 (1998)
    • State v. Alams, 93 Wn. App. 754, 970 P.2d 367 (1999)
    • State v. Boursaw, 84 Wn. App. 629, 976 P.2d 130 (1999)
    • State v. Leatherman, 100 Wn. App. 318, 997 P.2d 929 (2000)
    • State v. Vrieling, 144 Wn.2d 489, 28 P.3d 762 (2001)
    • Breckenridge v. Valley General Hospital and Snohomish County Public District Hospital #1, 148 Wn.2d 1021, 67 P.3d 1096 (2003).

  • Professional Recognition and Honors

    • Pro Tem Judge and Commissioner for Snohomish County (2008 to 2013)
    • David A. Kastle Pro Bono Publico Award – Snohomish County Legal Services (March 2008)

  • Professional and Community Activities

    • Board – Everett Rowing Association (2007-2017)
    • Member – Snohomish County, Skagit County and King County Bar Associations
    • Member – Washington State Association for Justice (formerly) Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
    • Board Member—Everett Family YMCA (2009-present)

  • Selected Publications

    • Appellate Practice in Family Law Cases, Snohomish County Bar Association, 12/2009
    • Civil Procedure in Family Law Cases, Snohomish County Greater Access and Assistance Project, 8/2009


"I have been extremely happy with was a pleasure to do business and have a relationship knowing I could always count on Karen and (her staff)."

S.C., Client

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