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Kenneth E. Brewe

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Brewe Layman, P.S.

Contact Information

701 Pike St., Suite 1035
Seattle WA 98101
Work (425) 252-5167
Fax (425) 252-9055

3525 Colby Ave., Suite 333
P.O. Box 488
Everett WA 98206
Work (425) 252-5167
Fax (425) 252-9055

Practice State



Ken is the founder of Brewe Layman and has been in private practice since 1979. He has earned an AV rating (very high to preeminent legal ability rating, and very high ethical rating) from Martindale-Hubbell. Since 2001, Ken has been annually selected as a Super Lawyer® by Washington Law & Politics Magazine. Ken is a frequent speaker at CLE seminars for attorneys in Washington State and author of updates for the Washington Practice on family law topics and the Washington State Family Law Deskbooks. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), has been named a Best Lawyer® by U.S. News & World Report annually since 2012 and is also a Board Certified Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2015.


Ken focuses his practice on complex domestic matters, committed intimate relationships (meretricious) and cohabitation disputes, injury claims and civil litigation. He also advises clients regularly on business and estate planning matters and frequently drafts/reviews various sorts of marital agreements. Ken also provides private family law mediation services on a regular basis.


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  • Island, Washington
  • King, Washington
  • San Juan, Washington
  • Skagit, Washington
  • Snohomish, Washington


B.A., University of Washington 1976.
J.D., University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University School of Law), 1979.

Legal Organizations

Washington State Association for Justice (formerly the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association); Washington State Bar Assn.; King County Bar Assn.; Snohomish County Bar Assn.; Skagit County Bar Assn.


Selected to The Best Lawyers® for the area of Family Law, annually since 2012; The Best Lawyers® "Attorney of the Year" in the area of Family Law (Seattle), 2014; Named as Super Lawyer®, Washington Law and Politics magazine, annually since 2001; Named as Top 100 Super Lawyer®, Washington Law and Politics magazine, 2006, 2015 & 2016; The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Family Law) in Washington State, annually since 2008; The American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Washington State, annually since 2013; The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers, annually since 2015; National Board of Trial Advocacy Board Certified Member, 2015.

CLE Presentations

"Contempt Motions", King County Model Courts, 2014; "Litigating Relocation Cases", King County Model Courts, 2013 and Snohomish County Bar Association, 2013; "Separate Property", The Seminar Group, 2014; "Community Property Law in Washington - Valuing a Professional Practice", WSBA, 2011; "Community Property and Maintenance Considerations in Washington", Navy Legal Service Office, 2011; "Community Property: New Challenges in Today's Economy", WSBA, 2009; "Real Talking Heads: Esteemed Experts Tell It All", Island County Volunteer Lawyer Program, 2009; "Prenuptial Agreements/Office Management", Snohomish County Bar Assn., 2009; "Agreements of the Nuptial Kind-Pre, Post and Community Property Agreements", AAML, 2007; "Family Law-A Boutique Practice", 2007; "Sharpening Your Advocacy Skills", Island County Volunteer Lawyer Program, 2005; "Lawyers ABC's of Advanced Dissolution Practice", AAML, 2005; "Handling Your First - Or Next - Dissolution Trial with Confidence", WSBA, 2003-2004, 2006; "Litigation Tips, Techniques & Traps for Small Town Lawyers", Island County Volunteer Lawyer Program, 2004; "Special Considerations in High Income/Asset Cases", SCBA, 2004; "Malpractice Prevention and Pitfalls", AAML, 2004; "Family Law Tax Issues", AAML, 2003; "Parenting Plan Drafting Issues, AAML, 2003; "Expert Witness in Family Law Matters", WSBA, 2003.


Chapter updates in Washington Practice, Family and Community Property, Volumes 19-21.

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