Kenneth E. Brewe

"Great work. The way (your staff) works the small stuff and makes use of Ken's time for only the big questions makes the value of your service superior to other lawyers. The quality of Ken's experience is worth the price."
B.H., Client


“Utilizing what we learn to become even more effective for the next client. That’s what we strive for.”

The founder of Brewe Layman, Ken has been in private practice since 1979 and has established himself as one of Washington State’s preeminent family law practitioners. Ken assists clients in complex and high net-worth divorce or cohabitation matters typically involving business and professional practice valuation topics, property division and spousal maintenance issues. He regularly reviews and prepares pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Ken also represents clients in civil litigation matters, including injury claims. He has successfully tried or mediated well over a thousand cases and regularly serves as a private mediator in family-law matters.

Ken has received recognition for his work and client advocacy.   He has been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Washington State by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a SuperLawyer annually since 2001, by Washington Law and Politics Magazine, has received Martindale’s Hubbell’s highest attorney rating. (AV – Very High to Preeminent) and has been selected as a Best Lawyer by U.S. News and World Report.

When not practicing law, Ken travels extensively and collects Native American art, some of which is displayed at the Brewe Layman office in Everett. He also enjoys hiking and running.

Representative Matters & Engagements

Ken regularly represents small business owners and professionals (or their spouses) in matters involving complicated and substantial ($1 million – $100 million +/-) estates.  Ken’s clients include business owners, physicians, judges, professionals, educators, accountants, athletes, and stay-at-home spouses.

      • •Represented a Seattle business owner involving a multi-million dollar estate. Issues included disputes pertaining to a Prenuptial Agreement, long-term maintenance for a disabled spouse and disputes related
      • to the character (separate or community) of a closely held business worth millions of dollars.
      • •Represented a Skagit Valley farmer in a divorce proceeding involving a long-term marriage and an estate
      • including significant separate property farming acreage and a family-owned business.
      • •Represented a Canadian citizen in a Washington State divorce proceeding involving an international
      • business headquartered in Ontario. Issues included alimony (maintenance) and the division of a significant
      • multi-million dollar estate.
      • •Represented the estate of a retired gentleman killed in a crosswalk after being struck by a motor vehicle.
      • •Represented the ex-girlfriend of a Major League All-Star baseball player in a contested paternity matter.
      • •Represented three physicians in a civil matter regarding the disputed and highly contentious dissolution
      • of a surgical practice.
      • •Represented a Bellevue plastic surgeon in a divorce dispute related to the value of a thriving business
      • which he acquired/commenced pre-marriage.
      • •Represented the wife/owner of a large (300+ employee) service business entity in a divorce proceeding
      • involving issues related to separate property, alimony (maintenance) and the division of significant estate
      • •Represented a man from Pierce County who lost a leg and suffered very serious injuries as a result of a
      • drunk driver hitting him while he was traveling home from work on his motorcycle.
      • •Represented a world-renown author in a divorce dispute involving royalty and intellectual property issues
      • associated with his writings.
    • •Represented a Snohomish County real estate developer in divorce proceedings involving an estate exceeding
    • $20 million which was complicated by business and real property valuation disputes.

Admitted to Practice

Washington State Bar Association (1979)
United States Federal District Court (1981)
United States Supreme Court (2013)


J.D., University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University School of Law), 1979
B.A., University of Washington, 1976 (History and Political Science) Kenneth E. Brewe Best Lawyers

Published Cases

In Re the Marriage of Grigsby v. Grigsby, 110 Wn.App. 1026 (2002
Talley v. Talley. 97 Wn.App. 1077, 991 P.2d 94 (1999)
In Re the Marriage of Harrington v. Harrington, 85 Wn.App. 613. 929 P.2d 1159 (1997)

In Re the Marriage of Bulicek v. Bulicek, 59 Wn.App. 630, 800, P.2d 394 (1990)

Professional Recognition and Honors

      • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2017)
      • Board Certification – National Board of Trial Advocacy (2015)
      • “Super Lawyer” – Washington Law and Politics magazine (2001-2016)
      • AV (very high to preeminent) rating by Martindale-Hubbell
      • Top 100 Trial Lawyer – Washington State – The National Trial Lawyers (2008-2015)
      • Selected to the “Best Lawyers” for Family Law (2012-2016) as noted in U.S. News and World Report
      • Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Seattle for Family Law by “Best Lawyers” (2014)
      • Top 100 Litigation Lawyer – Washington State – American Society of Legal Advocates (2013-2016)
      • Selected as a Washington Top 100 Super Lawyer™ by Washington Law and Politics (2015)

Professional Activities

      • Member – Washington State Bar Association
      • Member – Washington State Association for Justice (formerly the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
      • Fellow – American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Selected Publications

      • Author of numerous Family and Community Property Law Chapters in Washington Practice
      • Editor of multiple chapters of the Washington Family Law Deskbook
      • Frequent speaker at CLE seminars for attorneys and judges on various family law topics
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