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Julie A. Kays

Julie A. Kays is a trial lawyer and advocate for both adult and child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and sexual assault in Washington.

For over twenty years, Julie has dedicated her legal career to fighting for justice on behalf of the people of Washington state. She has successfully represented countless victims of physical and sexual abuse in lawsuits filed as a result of governmental misconduct.

It’s never too late to seek sound legal advice from an attorney who will listen to your side of the case and offer proactive solutions.

If you’ve been a victim of negligence or misconduct, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Contact Attorney Julie A. Kays today.

Experienced Sexual Abuse Attorney in Washington

Julie A. Kays has tried over a hundred cases in front of a jury. She has a substantial trial record that includes over $20 million in jury verdicts and settlements well in excess of $30 million. Julie has the experience to take on high profile cases that hold the powerful in government accountable.

Due to her extensive background and knowledge of prosecuting sexual offenders, Julie is often invited to speak on panels discussing the rights of child victims. She regularly volunteers her time to help victims navigate the criminal justice system.

Results for Past Clients


Justice for Six Siblings Sexually Abused by Foster Parents in the 1960s

J.S. et al v. State of Washington. After decades of suffering in silence, six brave siblings came forward to recount the horrific sexual abuse they each suffered while in foster care during the 1960s. After nearly 30 years, these six siblings finally obtained civil justice for the State of Washington’s repeated failure to monitor and protect them while in foster care. It is never too late for justice.


CPS Failed to Protect Six Young Children

V.C. et al v. State of Washington. A lawsuit involving the highly preventable torture and abuse of six young children. Washington State’s Child Protective Services repeatedly failed to investigate reports of physical abuse in the home and the result was the horrific physical abuse, torture, and neglect of six children.


Student Sexually Abused by Teacher

R.B. v. Puyallup School District. From 7th-12th grade, a young boy was repeatedly groomed and sexually abused by a Puyallup School teacher. The warning signs were everywhere, but time and again, mandatory reporters failed to take action to protect R.B. and other boys from this predator teacher. Over 15 years later, R.B. bravely came forward to recount systematic failures of the District to protect him, and the resulting abuse he suffered. R.B. gave other men the courage to come forward and recount their own painful history of abuse by the same teacher.


J.D., Seattle University School of Law

Cum Laude

B.A., Seattle University

Political Science


Washington State Bar Association

Washington State Association for Justice


2020 | Super Lawyers Magazine

“Super Lawyer (Limited to Top 5% of Washington Attorneys)”

2019 & 2020 | LAWYER MAGAZINE

“Best Lawyers in America”

2010 | King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Award Recipient

Outstanding Trial Advocacy in Criminal Litigation

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Friedman | Rubin - Trial Lawyers in Washington
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Julie A. Kays in the News

Snohomish County settles lawsuit over 2016 park rape for $1.95 million

DOC pays domestic violence victim $1.1 million

County to pay $1 million to 3 detectives in sex-harassment case

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