Attorney Ken Karlberg recently joined the firm from the state of Washington as an advisor to the firm’s litigation group. He graduated cum laude from Occidental College with an A.B. degree in history (with honors) and economics, where he received the Huntington Library Book Award for his historical analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Native American treaty rights, U.S. v. Washington. He received his juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Athletics and fitness have always been Ken’s passion. Trial became his professional substitute for athletic competition. He has served as trial counsel for regional, national, and international clients engaged in the oil and gas, engineering, health care, agricultural, chemical, electrical, manufacturing, construction, maritime, cruise line, and fishing industries.
Ken’s litigation experience includes class actions (dealing with health care, employment benefits, securities, and damages to natural resources), product liability actions, employment disputes, catastrophic property losses involving construction and engineering defects, insurance subrogation and coverage claims, and personal injury defense. Ken was the youngest of only five trial attorneys to represent Exxon in the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill litigation in the federal damages phase (the largest civil case in U.S. history at the time), with lead responsibility for defending over $450,000,000 in claims.
Ken has served as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Washington’s Defense Trial Lawyers, as an adjunct professor (teaching civil procedure, contracts, and conflicts of law), and as an advisor to the Admiralty Moot Court team at the University of Washington School of Law.
Ken has maintained the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards with Martindale-Hubbell for his entire career, reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. He is also licensed to practice in Washington.
Ken was raised in the fields and milk parlors of a dairy community. When he left home at age 17, he finished high school, undergraduate and law school by commercial fishing in Alaska.
There is a child or young adult in most everything that Ken does outside of his private practice—from representing guardian ad litems for at-risk children, to raising scholarship funds for children who have lost a parent in the commercial fishing industry, to running non-profit youth soccer organizations that raised millions to design and build soccer fields.
In his leisure time, Ken writes feature articles and a humor/introspective column for his wife’s lifestyle magazine, Bellingham Alive. His hobbies include (ranked in order of preserving marital harmony): Shopping with his wife, writing, cycling, running, fitness training, golf, and tennis.
Ken is a Monty Python and Tim Conway fan. Enough said.
“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.” – Favorite Quote of Lerner and Rowe