About Us – Professional Details

Julie A.
Kays

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Julie joined Connelly Law Offices in 2011 and is a vital member of the firm. She holds an impressive trial record that includes over $20 million in jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $18 million. Although Julie handles all areas of civil litigation, she is a passionate advocate for physically and sexually abused adult and child victims. Because of her extensive experience and knowledge prosecuting offenders, Julie is often invited to speak on panels discussing the rights of child victims.

PRACTICE AREAS:

Complex civil litigation involving insurance bad faith, medical negligence, wrongful death, products liability, government negligence, neglect, sexual abuse, and all forms of serious personal injuries

EDUCATION:

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

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

Washington State Bar Association

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PROFESSIONAL AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • 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."
REPRESENTATIVE CASES:
  • Families of Student Victims v. Marysville School District (2017), $18.2 million settlement in school shooting case killing four students and injuring one
  • Flyte v. Summit View Clinic (2015), $16.75 million jury verdict against a clinic that failed to provide informed consent to a pregnant woman during the H1N1 (Swine Flu) pandemic of 2009
  • Chagoya v. State (2014), $14 million settlement for terrible abuse of children placed in home with abusive woman
  • Sillavan v. DSHS (2017-18), More than $7.8 million in recoveries in negligent adoption case
  • Elias v. City of Seattle (2016), $2.8 million jury verdict for employment retaliation/discrimination on the part of Chief of Police
  • T.D. v. State (2016), $2.5 million settlement
  • T.T. v. State (2016), $2.035 million settlement
  • SJ v. State (2016), $1.8 million settlement
  • Gregory v. State (2016), $1.1 million settlement
  • Ferguson et al v. King County (2013), $1 million settlement
  • Fletcher v. State (2016), $750,000 settlement
  • Cox v. Gig Harbor (2014), $310,000 settlement
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
  • Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecutor's Office, Criminal Division, October 2000-2011
  • Sexual Assault Unit, May 2007- 2011, 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
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