Mike Kipling

Mike brings over 40 years of practical experience in complex litigation, antitrust and corporate counseling to your team. He has practiced in Seattle since 1977 and can help you navigate Washington courts, both state and federal.

He also brings the perspective of trial counsel, having tried dozens of significant cases, including antitrust, consumer protection, commercial banking, civil liberties, intellectual property, trust and guardianship disputes.

At WalterKipling, we use this experience and perspective to seek the optimal solutions to litigtion and regulatory issues. We recognize that any engagement should begin with a clear understanding of our clients’ business needs, so we start by asking questions and listening. Our clients, including in-house counsel, are integral to our team in every case.

Mike has been a volunteer attorney for the ACLU of Washington for many years, and has handled a number of pro bono cases; he is currently chair of the ACLU-WA Legal Committee. Mike is frequently asked to speak at CLE seminars and elsewhere regarding complex litigation, antitrust and civil liberties issues.

Education & Admissions:

  • University of Michigan, BA (Economics), summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude
  • Washington State Courts
  • USDC Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals

When he’s not working, Mike spends his time reading (mostly fiction), listening to and playing music (mostly dobro, some harmonica), traveling in the US and abroad, and enjoying cultural and recreational opportunities closer to home.

Mike and his wife Karen, who met while playing on a co-ed soccer team 40 years ago, are still big soccer fans. They follow the Seattle Sounders at home and the European and English leagues on television. In 1991 they traveled to China to watch the inaugural Women’s World Cup, and have been to four of the subsequent six tournaments. They are going to France this summer to continue the tradition.



Ferry photo © M.A. Walter; other photos © T.M. Moran

Ferry photo © M.A. Walter; other photos © T.M. Moran