Kayti Knudsen

Kayti joined Plaintiff Litigation Group to pursue her passion for justice and holding wrongdoers accountable. Kayti’s practice focuses primarily on policyholder insurance bad faith, serious injury, and representing victims of discrimination and harassment. She has experience representing insureds in cases ranging from single-family homeowner disputes to complex class action claims. Kayti’s tenacity and experience litigating against some of the largest corporations in America get results for her clients both in and out of the courtroom.

Kayti is a Pacific Northwest native. A second-generation attorney, Kayti became inspired by the law as a young girl watching her father from the back of wood-paneled court rooms. After studying civil rights and the criminal justice system as an undergraduate, Kayti knew law school was the next step to building a career advocating for those who need help navigating our justice system.

Away from the office, Kayti is active in the Seattle arts community and spends her free time with her family skiing, hiking, and enjoying the cultural diversity our area has to offer. Always up for a challenge, Kayti channels her competitive spirit as an annual participant in Whatcom County’s Ski-to-Sea race.

  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Serious injury and wrongful death
  • Discrimination and retaliation
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Eagle Member

  • University of Washington – B.A., 2004, Law, Societies, and Justice
  • Seattle University School of Law – J.D., cum laude, 2008, Lead Article Editor, Seattle University Law Review
  • Selected to Rising Stars list in Super Lawyers – Washington, 2016–present
  • Washington State Bar Association Supreme Court Pro Bono Publico Honor Role, 2016

Kayti previously practiced in Keller Rohrback LLP’s section for plaintiff tort litigation, where she represented policyholders in a broad range of disputes with their insurance carriers. Prior to large-firm practice, Kayti worked as a civil litigation attorney in the Yakima area representing clients in state and federal courts and served as deputy prosecutor for the City of Wapato. Before starting her law practice, Kayti completed a clerkship for the Honorable David H. Armstrong in the Washington State Court of Appeals.

  • ArtsFund, Visionaries Culture Council, Associates Board Member, 2014–present
  • Seattle Public Schools Creative Advantage Program, Arts Plan volunteer, 2018–present
  • Friends of CASA, past board member
  • Speaker, Personal Injury from A to Z, National Business Institute, 2018.
  • CLE Faculty, Effective Motion Practice in Civil Litigation, National Business Institute, 2017.
  • Speaker, 10 Things Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Washington Insurance Law, Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, 2016.
  • Kathryn M. Knudsen, Obtaining Benefits Under A Lapsed Life Insurance Policy, Trial News, vol. 52 n. 5, Washington State Association for Justice (January 2016).
  • Speaker, Insurance Discovery Privileges: Views from the Offensive and Defensive Lines, The Women of the Section of Litigation Conference Networking Roundtable Luncheon, American Bar Association, 2015.
  • Kathryn M. Knudsen, The Dos and Don’ts of Beginning your Trial Practice, Trial News, vol. 50 n. 10, Washington State Association for Justice (June 2015).
  • Kathryn M. Knudsen, Hidden Risks in Insurance Appraisal Clauses, Trial News, vol. 50 n. 9, Washington State Association for Justice (May 2015).
  • Speaker, Duty or No Duty (Concerning the Duty to Defend in Liability Insurance Policies), Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, American Bar Association, 2015.
  • Serving the “Apparently Under the Influence” Patron: The Ramifications of Barrett v. Lucky Seven Saloon, 31 Seattle U. Law Rev. 385 (2008).