Karen Marie Thompson- Retired

Karen Marie Thompson is a 1977 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. She has been in private practice since 1980 and is a partner in the law firm of Thompson & Howle. Throughout her practice she has emphasized elder law and disability law. This includes representing individuals and professionals in all aspects of complex guardianships, probates, long-term care planning, estate planning, drafting and representing Trustees and beneficiaries of special needs trusts. She mediates contested guardianship, trust and probate matters.

She has been designated a top lawyer in Seattle by the publication Seattle magazine for the past several years based upon a peer survey. She is a frequent speaker at legal seminars, law school classes and conferences on various aspects of guardianships, ethical issues in elder law and special needs trusts. She is a member of the Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Washington State Bar Association Elder Law Section and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Karen is married; she and her husband have two young adult children. She is an avid soccer fan and she and her husband enjoy the theater, opera and boating.


University of Washington School of Law, graduated 1977

Western Washington University/Fairhaven College, graduated 1973

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1978

United States District Court
Western District of Washington, 1978


Karen Marie Thompson- Retired
Karen Marie Thompson has retired as of August 1, 2017