The Team for Appeals

Masters Law Group, PLLC is Ken Masters, Shelby Frost Lemmel, and Kara Masters (Of Counsel), and our wonderful staff. Over the decades, we have attained numerous accolades from clients, peers, and legal institutions, consistently maintaining the highest standards at both the state and federal level.

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We guide you safely, efficiently and intelligently through the appellate process and offer accessible, agile appellate guidance and support.

Understanding the Work of Appellate Attorneys

Appeals are very different than trials. An appellate attorney can lay fresh eyes on your case. We have the experience to look at a case through an appellate lens to best position your case on appeal. We assess whether a trial court made any legal errors or misinterpreted the spirit or letter of the law. When a legal error has occurred, we pursue a remedy.

While high quality appellate litigation involves skilled oral advocacy, the primary focus is on the briefs. Appellate briefs must distill the most important issues from often complex and lengthy trial proceedings, must present convincing legal arguments for every issue on appeal, and must give the appellate court a compelling reason to rule in your favor. Decades of experience allow us to craft compelling briefs, anticipating and effectively addressing all significant strategic, tactical, and substantive issues.

While the work of an appellate attorney often begins when a trial ends, Masters Law Group regularly partners with trial counsel before and during trial. We can help spot potential appellate issues and ensure that they are properly preserved for appellate review.

A Broad Base of Clients and Cases

Many, if not most, of our clients are referred to us by other lawyers, though some contact us directly. We typically handle all aspects of an appeal, though we also regularly provide appellate consultations.

We take on a broad range of civil cases, including contracts, covenants, employment discrimination, guardianships, custody and parenting plan issues, health care and intellectual property, product liability, real estate, trusts, and zoning, to name just a few. In addition to assisting other firms in appellate matters, we have represented many individuals facing an appeal, companies that have not been well served by our justice system, and even that little ol’ band from Texas, ZZ Top.

A Bit About How We Work

You might characterize our working relationship as “close knit.” When you hire our team, you receive the benefit of our combined knowledge, experience, and passion for appellate law.

Get In Touch With Us

Does your case warrant an appeal? We can help you make that determination. If it does, we will work with you in the capacity required for a successful appellate process. Call our office at 206-536-2539 to speak with a member of our team about your issue. You can also send a website inquiry email to get the ball rolling.

Giving Back

Masters Law Group, PLLC cares about our community. We support a variety of organizations related to legal aid, equity and inclusion, the environment, food insecurity, the arts, education, and more. As a team and individually, we regularly donate funds and volunteer our time to many state and local organizations, including:

  • Alliance for Equal Justice, Access to Justice Board
  • American Civil Liberties Union – Washington
  • American Red Cross | Northwest Region
  • Assistance Dogs Northwest
  • Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council
  • Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
  • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
  • Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation
  • Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra
  • Ballard Food Bank
  • Black Lives Matter – Seattle, King County
  • Bloedel Reserve
  • BSA Troop 1565
  • Campaign for Equal Justice
  • Civil Survival Project
  • Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence
  • Columbia Legal Services
  • Copper Canyon Press
  • Earshot Jazz
  • Equal Justice Coalition
  • Food Lifeline
  • Good Farmer Fund
  • Just Lead Washington
  • Kitsap Humane Society
  • Kitsap Legal Services
  • Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island
  • Legal Foundation of Washington
  • Lifelong Aids Alliance
  • New Beginnings – Ending Domestic Violence
  • Noel House
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Optimistic Orchard
  • RisewithKJ
  • Seattle Aquarium Society
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Seattle Audubon Society
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Washington Innocence Project
  • Washington Leadership Institute
  • Washington State CASA
  • Washington State Supreme Court Historical Society
  • We the People, Civic Education Washington State

We invite you to join us!