Julie A. Kays

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation

Education:

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, Cum Laude
  • B.A., Seattle University, Political Science

Professional Memberships:

  • Washington State Bar Association

Representative Cases:

  • Sillivan v. State, $4.8 million jury verdict - 2017
  • Flyte v. Summit View Clinic, $16.75 milliion jury verdict - 2015
  • Elias v. City of Seattle, $2.8 million jury verdict - 2016
  • Chagoya v. State, $8 million settlement - 2014
  • T.D. v. State, $2.5 million settlement - 2016
  • T.T. v. State, $2.035 million settlement - 2016
  • Gregory v. State, $1.1 million settlement - 2016
  • SJ v. State, $1.8 million settlement - 2016
  • Ferguson et al v. King County, $1 million settlement - 2013
  • Cox v. Gig Harbor, $310,000 settlement - 2014
  • Fletcher v. State, $750,000 settlement - 2016

Professional Experience:

  • Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecutor's Office, Criminal Division, October 2000-present
  • Sexual Assault Unit, May 2007- present, January 2003- July 2004
  • Supervising Attorney, Juvenile Unit, May 2006- May 2007
  • Appellate Unit, July 2005- May 2006
  • Trial Teams Unit, July 2004- July 2005
  • Domestic Violence Unit, October 2001- January 2003
  • Special Drug Unit, May 2001-October 2001
  • Juvenile Unit, October 2001- May 2001
  • Van Ness Feldman, Legislative Assistant, August 1997- May 1999
  • Senior Legislative Assistant, United States Senator Slade Gorton, January 1991- August 1997

Professional Accomplishments and Interests:

  • August 9, 2013, San Francisco, CA - American Bar Association Annual Meeting Invited Speaker, "Child Victims in the Juvenile System."
    • Because of her extensive experience in prosecuting offenders who committed sexual assaults against children, the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section invited Julie to speak on a panel discussing the rights of child victims in our criminal justice system.
  • 2010 Recipient of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Award for "Outstanding Trial Advocacy in Criminal Litigation
  • 2007 Candidate for U.S. Attorney for Western District of Washington
  • 1995 Recipient of U.S. Senator Slade Gorton's "Outstanding Legislative Assistant of the Year" Award
  • October 2010 Guest speaker at Harborview Sexual Assault Center Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner annual training
  • December 2010 Guest speaker at The Seminar Group CLE: "Attorney CSI: Using Criminal Forensic Methods to Win Civil Cases."
  • Law review article: U.S. Senator Gorton and Julie Kays. "Salvage Logging: Point and Counterpoint: Legislative History of the Timber Salvage Amendments Enacted in 104th Congress: A small victory for timber communities in the Pacific Northwest."
  • Board member, Children’s Response Center, providing services for physically and sexually abused children.

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