Kenneth Hart joined Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. in 2010. Mr. Hart’s practice is focused on commercial and business transactions, business startups, real estate transactions and related litigation. He assists clients with business formations, as well as with negotiating and drafting partnership, shareholder and employment contracts and negotiating and documenting business purchases and sales and secured sales transactions.
For many of his business clients, Mr. Hart serves the role of general counsel to handle such matters as lease negotiations, vendor disputes, employment issues, sales and acquisitions and ownership succession. He strives to stay current with his clients and to be available and responsive when they need help and advice so that they can concentrate on running and growing their businesses.
In addition to business law, Mr. Hart has extensive litigation, trial practice and appellate experience in various courts and jurisdictions, both state and federal, and in a broad range of areas. These include general civil litigation, commercial and real estate law. He has researched and written extensively on the law as it pertains to adverse possession and property boundary line and easement disputes, and is a sought-after CLE speaker on those topics. He is also a trained mediator and experienced arbitrator.
Honors and Recognitions
Mr. Hart has been recognized by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine as one of King County’s “Top Lawyers 2010”, as a “Super Lawyer” 2013-2018 by Washington Law and Politics magazine, and as one of “Seattle’s Top Rated Lawyers” of 2013 and 2014” by Legal Leaders ALM, a publication of Martindale-Hubbell, which has awarded him its “AV” Preeminent rating. This peer review rating is awarded to only those attorneys who have demonstrated the highest ethical standards and professional ability.
Mr. Hart is a 1981 graduate of the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 1985.
- Judicial Law Clerk, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One
- JD, cum laude, University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University Law School), 1985
- BA, University of Washington, 1981
- State of Washington
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Claims Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- Washington State Bar Association
- King County Bar Association, trustee, Employee Retirement Fund