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Community Service

Keller Rohrback encourages attorneys and staff to give back to the communities we live and work in. Firm attorneys and staff offer their time and professional expertise to assist with various non-profit endeavors, including homeless shelters, food banks, and youth programs. Several times a year the firm joins together in community service focused events. Whether attorneys and staff participate by serving on boards of directors, supporting charities, or making donations, Keller Rohrback encourages their dedication to initiatives that improve and give back to the community.

We also encourage our attorneys to pursue pro bono work that complements their interest in the law and community. Keller Rohrback attorneys believe that all persons or institutions deserve quality legal representation regardless of their financial situation. To help attorneys facilitate that goal, the firm pairs charitable case requests with firm attorneys who possess an interest or a skill in the particular area of law. Across the firm, attorneys and staff have assisted a variety of local non-profit organizations.

Charitable Contributions and Giving Programs

Food Frenzy
Keller Rohrback actively participates in Food Frenzy – a friendly, fun, and creative fundraiser for Food Lifeline, a Seattle non-profit food distributor. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to help feed hungry children in Western Washington during the summer months when subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs are not available. Through firm-sponsored events and attorney and staff participation, funds are raised for this important program.

 

The Hickman House
For over 20 years, Keller Rohrback has supported the efforts of the Hickman House. Operated by the Salvation Army, the Hickman House is a safe place where battered women and their children can go for an interim stay while they build the necessary resources to live independently. Keller Rohrback helps by adopting a Hickman House family during the holidays and providing gifts of household items, clothing, and toys from the family’s wish lists.

Community Involvement

The following are just a few of the various organizations that attorneys from Keller Rohrback are involved in:

Bainbridge Island Land Trust
Partner Rob Crichton represents the Trust in litigation to protect conservation easements.

The Dove House
Since 1993, partner Rob Crichton has served as a pro bono attorney on behalf of Youth and Outreach Services, a Washington not-for-profit corporation offering transitional housing for homeless teenage girls in its facility known as The Dove House.

Legal Foundation of Washington

In 2015, Governor Jay Inslee appointed partner Mark A. Griffin to the Legal Foundation of Washington Board of Trustees. His second term will end on December 31, 2021. From 2010 through 2015, Mark served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid for Washington Fund. In 2019, Mark was elected president of the Board of Trustees for the Legal Foundation of Washington.

Mercer Island Community Fund
Partner Benson Wong has been on the MICF Board since 2006 and served as President until September 2011. The Mercer Island Community Fund is a public charity that raises money and then issues grants to other 501(c)(3) public charities that provide services, programs or have projects that benefit the residents of Mercer Island.

Northwest Harvest
Northwest Harvest is a nonprofit corporation that fights hunger by operating Washington State’s largest food bank and by distributing donated food to more than 300 food banks and hunger programs statewide. Partner David Copley served as the Chair on Northwest Harvest’s Board of Directors from 2005 – 2007 and as the Immediate Past Chair since 2007.

Treehouse
Partner Juli Farris serves as a member of Treehouse’s Board of Directors.  Treehouse is committed to improving the lives of children in the Seattle-area that are living in foster care.

Washington State Public Affairs TV Network – TVW
TVW is the state’s public affairs network that provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of proceedings of the State Legislature, broadcasting of some committee hearings, broadcasting of some oral arguments at the Washington State Supreme Court, and some produced programming. As a Board Member and as its President for 3 years, partner Benson Wong works with TVW to help it accomplish its purpose of providing the public with objective and unbiased coverage of state proceedings and informing the public about state government and civics.

Washington State Public Stadium Authority
Partner Benson Wong served the Governor of Washington on the Public Stadium Authority Board from 1997 to 2011. The PSA is the owner of Qwest Field and the Stadium Exhibition Hall. The PSA leases the facilities to First & Goal, Inc. under a Master Lease, which in turn leases the Stadium to the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, and others. The PSA’s primary duties are to oversee the operation of the facilities and to make sure that the State’s $300 million investment in these facilities is protected.

WithinReach
Partner Amy Williams-Derry served on the Board of Directors of WithinReach from 2006 through 2009. WithinReach works to ensure optimal health for Washington families by connecting families to food and health resources and through leveraging statewide health coalitions. As a member of the Board, Ms. Williams-Derry served on the organization’s Human Resources Committee and assisted with employment matters and fundraising.

Keller Rohrback Cycling Team

Keller Rohrback sponsors a cycling team that competes throughout the Northwest and nationally at road, track, and cyclocross races.  Recipient of the best overall team award for Washington for both 2009 and 2010, the team boasts of the best male and female overall riders in Washington State for 2010. In 2011, Keller Rohrback won many races including the Elite Mens Tour of Walla Walla, and the Womens State Championship Road Race.

For more information, visit the Keller Rohrback Cycling Team website.

Firm History

Founded by George Kahin in 1919, Keller Rohrback has grown from a solo practitioner in Seattle to a firm with over 70 attorneys and 140 staff members across offices in Seattle, Oakland, New York, Phoenix, Missoula, and Santa Barbara. From the firm’s origins to its evolution into Keller Rohrback L.L.P., our commitment to quality legal services and ability to adapt to the changing needs of our clients has remained consistent.

In 1919, George Kahin came to Seattle from Harvard Law School and began his practice in the Central Building at 810 Third Avenue. Five years later, he formed a partnership with another attorney in the Central Building, Keith L. Bullitt. This partnership quickly gained recognition, receiving an “av” rating in the 1925 edition of Martindale’s American Law Directory, the predecessor to the present-day Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Kahin then met John D. Carmody, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law who began his Seattle legal practice in 1905 and served as a deputy in the King County prosecutor’s office from 1914 to 1923. In 1930, Kahin and Carmody formed the partnership that evolved into Keller Rohrback, and its principal practice areas were listed as “corporation and trial work.” Kahin and Carmody continued their shared legal practice until 1962, starting new practice areas such as insurance, real property, and probate law.

Robert Keller and Pinckney Rohrback joined the firm in 1950 and 1953 and became partners in 1954 and 1955, respectively. The firm name changed to reflect this partnership in 1962, when the firm was renamed Kahin Horswill Keller Rohrback Waldo & Moren, which stayed the firm name until 1967. During that time, the firm also moved locations to the IBM Building at 1200 Fifth Avenue. In 1968, four of the firm’s partners were listed in Who’s Who In America—an accolade that remains noteworthy until present. Keller and Rohrback remained partners of the firm until retirement, accumulating a combined 80 years in practice at KR.

Keller and Rohrback remained partners of the firm, also adding new partners over time. The firm name went through several iterations until 1986, when the firm was renamed Keller Rohrback L.L.P. That same year, current KR managing partner Lynn Sarko started the Complex Litigation practice, which enjoys a stellar national reputation to this day. In 1988, Keller Rohrback moved to its current location at 1201 Third Avenue.

Over the past 20 years, the firm has continued to grow. In 2002 we opened our Phoenix office. In 2008 we opened our New York office, followed by our Southern California office in 2010 and our Oakland office in 2015. In 2019, we celebrated our 100-year anniversary.

Firm Evolution

George Kahin (1919 – 1924)
Bullitt & Kahin (1924 – 1929)
Kahin & Carmody (1930 – 1939)
Kahin Carmody & Schram (1939 – 1941)
Kahin & Carmody (1941 – 1947)
Kahin Carmody & Pearson (1948 – 1950)
Kahin Carmody & Horswill (1950 – 1962)
Kahin Horswill Keller Rohrback Waldo & Moren (1962 – 1967)
Horswill Keller Rohrback Waldo & Moren (1967 – 1972)
Keller Rohrback Waldo Moren & Hiscock (1972 – 1974)
Keller Rohrback Waldo & Hiscock (1974 – 1981)
Keller Rohrback Waldo Hiscock Butterworth & Fardal (1981 – 1986)
Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (1986 – present)

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