Kim Gunning

About Kim

(Pronouns: She/Her/Hers)

Kim is an experienced and creative litigator whose practice focuses on commercial and complex litigation in trial and appellate courts. She also counsels clients on compliance with state and federal consumer protection and advertising laws.

Kim has handled a wide range of litigation matters, including many cases of first impression. She is a former Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, where she also acted as Appellate Advisor for the Division. A highlight of her work at the Attorney General’s Office was acting as lead trial counsel in a three-week bench trial challenging a leading energy shot manufacturer’s deceptive and unsubstantiated advertising. The case resulted in a nearly $4.3 million judgment in penalties, attorneys’ fees, and costs in favor of the State, which was upheld on appeal. At that time, this was the largest Consumer Protection Act award to the State as the result of a trial.

Kim also has several years of experience in private practice working on a wide range of complex litigation matters, including business and partnership disputes, enforcement of non-competition agreements, wage disputes, and consumer class actions, including several Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases.

In addition to her litigation practice, Kim taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at Seattle University School of Law and served as the founding editor and columnist for Litigation World, a weekly e-newsletter published by TechnoLawyer. A self-confessed civil procedure nerd, she served on the Washington State Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Rules Drafting Task Force.

Kim joined Focal because she wanted to collaborate with creative, client-focused lawyers who worked on a wide range of interesting legal issues. She enjoys Focal’s flexible and diverse work environment.

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Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Business Disputes
  • Unfair Competition
  • Advertising and Marketing

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D.
  • Rutgers University, M.A. in History.
  • Macalester College, B.A. in History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

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Experience

  • Columbia Legal Services (2016-2020)
  • Office of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division (2013-2016)
  • Member, Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC (now Terrell Marshall Law Group) (2010-2013)
  • Owner, Law Office of Kimberlee Gunning (2008-2010)
  • Attorney, Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC (2004-2008)

Awards & Recognition

  • Recipient of King County Bar Association’s President’s Award, as member of State v. Arlene’s Flowers litigation team (2015)
  • Recognized as “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics magazine (2011, 2012, 2013)

Memberships & Associations

  • QLaw Foundation of Washington (past President and member of Board of Directors)
  • QLaw Association Judicial Evaluation Committee (former co-chair)
  • Washington State Bar Association Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section (former member of Executive Committee)
  • Northwest Consumer Law Center (former member of Board of Directors