Karen Koehler

Karen Koehler

Trial Lawyer

(206) 448-1777

Key Facts

Seattle University, J.D., 1985
University of Washington, B.A., 1982
Legal and Professional Associations
Association of Trial Lawyers of America (chair of the Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Section, 2003-04)
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, past president (2007-08)
Washington State Bar Association Executive Litigation Committee, chair (2008-09)
Professional Affiliations
Washington State Delegate Minority Affairs (2001-present)
American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA) member


Karen Koehler aka The Velvet Hammer™ practices plaintiff personal injury and wrongful death law with Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore in its Seattle Office. Karen was President of the Washington State Association for Justice 2007/2008, received its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 2005, and in 2020 received its Diversity Award. In 2019 she received the Mel Award from the Belli Society.

Karen is known for regularly trying cases and for publishing concurrent trial diaries. Her two most recent trials included the 4 month Ride the Ducks trial involving 40 plaintiffs ending in 2019. And a product liability trial that occurred in October 2020 in the midst of the covid pandemic.

The Velvet Hammer blog and podcast are well populated by a diverse array of stories and tips for lawyers. These can be accessed at www.karenkoehler.com. The podcast is on the various streaming platforms. Karen’s DVDs on Preparing for Deposition and Preparing for the Defense Medical Exam are distributed nationally by Trial Guides.

Karen has three daughters, one and a half grandchildren, two son-in-laws, and a dog named Nala.

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