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Kenneth E. Brewe



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Ken has been in private practice since 1979 and has established himself as one of Washington State’s preeminent family law practitioners. Ken assists clients in complex and high net-worth divorce or cohabitation matters typically involving business and professional practice valuation topics, property division and spousal maintenance issues. He regularly reviews and prepares pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Ken also represents clients in civil litigation matters, including injury claims. He has successfully tried or mediated well over a thousand cases and regularly serves as a private mediator/arbitrator in family-law matters.

When not practicing law, Ken travels and collects Native American art, some of which is displayed at the Brewe Layman office in Everett. He also enjoys hiking and running.


  • Representative Matters & Engagements

    Ken regularly represents business owners and professionals (or their spouses) in matters involving complicated and substantial ($1 million – $100 million +/-) estates.  Ken’s clients include business owners, physicians, judges, professionals, educators, accountants, athletes, and stay-at-home spouses. He frequently serves as an expert witness – typically in cases involving family law issues and/prenuptial Agreement topics and frequently is engaged to serve as a mediator/arbitrator in family law matters.

    • Represented a Seattle business owner involving a multi-million-dollar estate. Issues included disputes pertaining to a Prenuptial Agreement, long-term maintenance for a disabled spouse and disputes related to the character (separate or community) of a closely held business worth millions of dollars
    • Represented a Canadian citizen in a Washington State divorce proceeding involving an international business headquartered in Ontario. Issues included alimony (maintenance) and the division of a significant multi-million-dollar estate.
    • Represented three physicians in a civil matter regarding the disputed and highly contentious dissolution of a surgical practice.
    • Represented the families of two individuals who died in the Snohomish County Jail in claims against Snohomish County.
    • Represented a Skagit Valley farmer in a divorce proceeding involving a long-term marriage and an estate including significant separate property farming acreage and a family-owned business.
    • Represented a Bellevue plastic surgeon in a divorce dispute related to the value of a thriving business which he acquired/commenced pre-marriage.
    • Represented the wife/owner of a large (300+ employee) service business entity in a divorce proceeding involving issues related to separate property, alimony (maintenance) and the division of a significant estate.
    • Represented a world-renown author in a divorce dispute involving royalty and intellectual property issues associated with his writings.
    • Represented the estate (2 children) of a father who was killed by a street sweeper at a Bellevue, WA construction site.
    • Represented innumerable parties who are associated with large local business entities in highly compensated positions –Nordstrom, Amazon, Microsoft, Vulcan, Boeing, Google, and many more.

  • Admitted to Practice

    • Washington State Bar Association (1979)
    • United States Federal District Court (1981)
    • United States Supreme Court (2013) 

  • Education

    • J.D., University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University School of Law), 1979
    • B.A., University of Washington, 1976 (History and Political Science)

  • Published Cases

    • In Re the Marriage of Grigsby v. Grigsby, 110 Wn.App. 1026 (2002)
    • Talley v. Talley. 97 Wn.App. 1077, 991 P.2d 94 (1999)
    • In Re the Marriage of Harrington v. Harrington, 85 Wn.App. 613. 929 P.2d 1159 (1997)
    • In Re the Marriage of Bulicek v. Bulicek, 59 Wn.App. 630, 800, P.2d 394 (1990)

  • Professional Recognition and Honors

    • “Super Lawyer” – Washington State (2001-2021)
    • Selected to “Best Lawyers” for Family Law (2012-2020) as noted in U.S. News and World Report
    • Selected as a Washington Top 100 Super Lawyer™ in Washington State (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018)
    • Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Seattle for Family Law by “Best Lawyers” (2014) as noted in U.S. News and World Report
    • AV (very high to preeminent) rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Board Certification – National Board of Trial Advocacy (2015)
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyer – Washington State – The National Trial Lawyers (2008-2020)

  • Professional Activities

    • Member – Washington State Bar Association
    • Member – Washington State Association for Justice (formerly the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
    • Fellow – American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

  • Selected Publications

    • Author of numerous Family and Community Property Law Chapters in Washington Practice
    • Editor of multiple chapters of the Washington Family Law Deskbook
    • Frequent speaker at CLE seminars for attorneys and judges on various family law topics


"Great work. The way (your staff) works the small stuff and makes use of Ken's time for only the big questions makes the value of your service superior to other lawyers. The quality of Ken's experience is worth the price."
B.H., Client