Karleen J. Scharer

Associate, Seattle Office

Direct Dial: 206.521.6450
Fax: 206.386.5130

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2014
  • Oregon, 2020

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


  • Seattle University, School of Law - J.D., 2014
  • University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, School of Law - Mandela Institute Human Rights Program
  • University of Washington - B.A., 2009

Practice Experience

Karleen Scharer is a civil litigator who defends clients in casualty related claims including bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage.

After law school, Karleen gained valuable insider and civil litigation experience as staff counsel for a major insurance company. Since successfully litigating cases there, she has continued to advocate for her clients and gain experience defending national insurers in UM/UIM litigation and individual insured as well as commercial carriers in personal injury and general liability insurance defense cases.

During law school, she clerked for acting judge Cheryl Loots of the Land Claims Court in Johannesburg, South Africa. Karleen also served on Seattle University's Moot Court Board as National Competition Chair and was invited and inducted into the Order of Barristers.

Recent Representative Matters

  • First-chaired trial in King County Superior Court, involving shoulder injuries requiring a total shoulder replacement and rotator cuff repair, in which verdict totaled less than the Plaintiff's medical specials;
  • Obtained defense verdict as first chair in a stipulated liability trial involving a motor vehicle accident; and
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal in King County Superior Court on the basis of res judicata, after securing a defense award at arbitration in the previously filed case.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (Member, CLE Task Force)

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©: Ones to Watch (2021 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants)
  • Order of the Barristers Recipient (2014)

Outside the Firm

Outside of the office, Karleen enjoys traveling, trying out new recipes, and participating in a variety of athletic activities.