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Ketia B. Wick

Ketia is an equity partner in the Seattle office. Her practice focuses on the defense of medical malpractice cases and healthcare licensing matters on behalf of individual health care providers, hospitals, and long term care facilities related to complex medical issues and catastrophic injury. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, International Society of Barristers, and Primerus. She has written and lectured on issues involving medical malpractice and served as an arbitrator. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law. She has four grandchildren.

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Supreme Court – Admitted 1997
  • United States District Court (Western/Eastern Districts of Washington) – Admitted 1998
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit – Admitted 1998
  • United States Tax Court– Admitted 1998

Representative Cases

  • Defense verdict for a radiologist in a malpractice lawsuit claiming failure to identify a suspicious finding on a chest CT resulting in a delay in diagnosing metastatic breast cancer.
  • Defense verdict in a King County Superior Court virtual trial involving allegations against a neurosurgeon regarding a thoracic spinal fusion

Professional Experience

  • Fain Anderson VanDerhoef Rosendahl O’Halloran Spillane, Principal/Owner, 2019 - Present
  • Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP, Equity Shareholder, 2010 to 2019
  • Lee Smart, P.S., Inc., Equity Shareholder, 2002 to 2010

Professional Memberships

  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Washington Healthcare Risk Management Society
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Litigation Counsel of America


  • Wick, K, “Court Voids Statute Requiring Certificate of Merit,”  Lee Smart Quarterly, p. 2, Fall 2009
  • Wick, K, “Defending the Small Town Physician,” For The Defense, p. 43, November 2005  
  • Wick, K, Retsky, M, "Allegations of Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer," For The Defense, p. 38, November 2004
  • Wick, R., Wick, K., “Breast Cancer Case Defense,” For the Defense, p. 69, November 1998  


  • Wick, K., “Social Media and Personal Injury Investigations,” Washington Risk Manager Roundtable,” April 2017
  • Wick, K., Essick, T., “Managing the Doctor/Patient Pitfalls,” The Medical Protective Company, September 2008
  • Wick, K., Vertetis, T., “Finding the Right Expert at The Right Price,” National Business Institute, March 2008
  • Wick, K., Passineau, T., "Overview of Medical Malpractice Reform Under HHSB 2292," The Medical Protective Company, May 2007
  • Wick, K., "Medical Records Nuts and Bolts," Lee Smart Cook Martin & Patterson, May 2007
  • Wick, K., Morse, G., "Overview of Medical Malpractice Reform - HHSB 2292," Physicians Insurance, June 2006, September 2006, December 2006
  • Wick, K., O’Neil, K., “Failure to Diagnose a Continuing Challenge,” The Medical Protective Company, November 2006
  • Wick, K., “Informed Consent,” Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center, November 2006
  • Wick, K., "Secret Settlements Investigation," King 5 Television, May 2005

Honors & Awards

  • Named a Super Lawyer in Washington Law & Politics
  • AV rating for Martindale Hubbell

Ketia B. Wick