The founding partners began planning the firm in 1983 with the shared goal of establishing a small law practice that could provide big firm services on a more personal basis. We opened our doors in 1984 as one of the first tenants of Wells Fargo Center (then First Interstate Center), and have operated at the same location ever since. Mel Simburg came from Perkins Coie, one of Seattle's largest firms. David Ketter maintained an established tax, trust and estates practice, and Ken Sheppard had returned to his native Seattle after serving as corporate counsel to the Arabian American Oil Company in New York, Houston and Saudi Arabia. George Purdy came to the firm from another of Seattle's largest law practices. Jonathan Feil joined the firm in 1987, after practicing with a major firm in Washington D.C., becoming a partner in 1991. Our firm has continued to grow to meet the expanding needs of our clients, adding Of Counsel attorneys Andy Shafer in 2007, and Jim Jackson in 2009.
Over the years we have developed a reputation as a high quality firm providing a wide range of business related services. (Please see Our Practice Areas section of our website for a more detailed description.) For many years we have enjoyed the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory's highest "AV" rating, which indicates "very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards" as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar.
Simburg, Ketter, Sheppard and Purdy, LLP, ("SKSP" for short) has experienced remarkable stability compared to many law practices of similar size. All but one of the founding partners have remained with the firm for its full life, and a large number of our clients have likewise been with us from the beginning. We believe this is more than a coincidence - clients appreciate the ability to develop a long term, personal relationship with a partner who knows their business, and often their family as well. It's comforting to know that "your" partner will be there when you need legal assistance.
Our attorneys and staff have donated substantial time and effort to helping a variety of non-profit organizations, from citizens' conservation groups to Washington Lawyers for the Arts. We are proud to be good citizens as well as good lawyers.