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About Williams Kastner

Seattle firm Williams Kastner is a major player not only in the Pacific Northwestern legal market, but nationally and abroad as well. The firm serves clients as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, government bodies, educational, charitable and financial institutions, private funds and individuals locally, regionally and even internationally, through its affiliation with Chinese firm Duan & Duan. 

Seventh in the Puget Sound

Founded in 1929, Williams Kastner is the seventh largest firm in Puget Sound, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. Williams Kastner may be one of the largest firms in the area, but it is also one of the most acclaimed; the firm was named a “Go-To Law Firm” in Litigation by Corporate Counsel 2011 for top 500 companies, one of “Washington’s Top 50 Law Firms” by Washington Law & Politics. Nearly half of its attorneys are Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated and 42 were named Rising Stars or Super Lawyers in Washington Law & Politics. And the acclaim doesn’t come without cause. Williams Kastner represented the Washington City of Wenatchee municipality in an influential 2012 public financing case and counts heavyweight companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Inc., The Procter & Gamble Company and Pfizer, Inc. among its clients.

Bridges to China

Williams Kastner may be seated in the Pacific Northwest, but its reach spans across the Pacific Ocean to cross Eastern shores. Since 1993, the firm has maintained an affiliation with prominent Chinese law firm Duan & Duan and its offices in three major Chinese cities: Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. Duan & Duan was founded in 1993 by Williams Kastner lawyer Charles Duan after a precedent-setting sanction by the Supreme Court allowed him to practice law in both countries.

Asylum Seekers’ Haven

Go-to firm for top companies though it may be, Williams Kastner makes time to devote itself to clients who can’t pay. Williams Kastner has proven itself both dedicated and successful in the area of pro bono immigration work, particularly on asylum cases. The firm’s attorneys have worked to gain asylum for over 20 refugees hailing from countries such as Azerbaijan, Haiti and Gambia. In 2011, Williams Kastner won asylum for a 25-year-old Somali man facing deportation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The man formerly lived in Kenya and traveled through smugglers in Central and South America before finding his way to the U.S. The firm has received numerous awards for its pro bono efforts on behalf of low-income immigrants seeking political asylum, including the Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWRIP) 2008 Amicus Award. 

Polyglots and Clerks

Brush up on those languages if you want to apply here. More than a quarter of Williams Kastner attorneys speak a foreign language. Williams Kastner’s linguistic propensities run the gamut from French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese to Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Marathi and Tagalog. This commitment to diversity is reflected in the firm’s leadership, which is run by an African-American woman, its co-sponsorship of the Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program for minority 1Ls from Seattle University and the University of Washington Schools of Law, and its status as a recipient of the 2009 Achievements in Diversity Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators.   

Williams Kastner

Two Union Square Suite 4100
601 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 628-6600

Firm Stats

Managing Director: Jessie Harris
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
50 - 100

Employment Contact

Patti Christiansen
Attorney Recruiting Manager

Major Office Locations

Seattle, WA (HQ)
Portland, OR
Tacoma, WA
Strategic Alliance: Duan & Duan Offices
Hong Kong

Major Departments

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Business and Real Estate Transactions
Regulatory and Policy