Megan F. Starks
Ms. Starks’ practice focuses on complex litigation, including employment matters, personal injury, sexual abuse and discrimination.
Prior to joining Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Ms. Starks worked as in-house counsel for an insurance company defending policyholders in personal injury actions. She successfully represented clients through arbitration, mediation, and jury trials. She gained extensive trial experience serving as a criminal prosecutor for both King County and the City of Seattle. Ms. Starks began her legal career in Snohomish County, where she clerked for the Honorable James H. Allendoerfer.
- Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, cum laude 2007
- Recipient of Trustee Merit Scholarship, 2003-2007
- Research & Technical Editor, Seattle Journal for Social Justice
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Business Entities
- University of Utah, Bachelor of Science, 2003
- Dean’s List 2002-2003
- Community Police Academy - 2012
Publications / Presentations / Speaking Engagements
- Crafting the Initial Case Assessment – Co-presenter – in-house CLE - 2018
- Client Confidentiality – Presenter – in-house CLE - 2017
- Guest Speaker – King County Bar Association Swearing in Ceremony 2011
- Opening Statement: Crafting a Compelling Case Narrative – King County Young Lawyers Division – 2018
- Surviving a Lawsuit– Co-presenter – Washington Fire Commissioners Association 2019 Conference
- Washington State Bar Association
- Oregon State Bar Association
- Alaska State Bar Association
- United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
- United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Representative CasesJury Trials include:
- Templeton v. Archdiocese of Seattle – Plaintiff claimed negligence for breach of mandatory duty to report; obtained defense verdict
- Webb v. Diagnos-Techs, Inc. – Prevailed against plaintiff’s claim of hostile work environment and gender discrimination.
- Allen v. Clark County Fire District No. 6, et al – Plaintiff claimed hostile work environment based on gender; full defense verdict after 6-week jury trial.
- Miller v. North County Regional Fire Authority – Plaintiff claimed hostile work environment and gender discrimination; defense verdict after a 5 week jury trial.
- Karst Brandsma v. Larry Mann; – successfully petitioned court for a civil anti-harassment order protecting Superintendent of South Kitsap School District from threatening communications.