Kathryn Karcher - Appellate Law
Kathryn Karcher has practiced civil appellate law for more than 25 years. She has been named San Diego Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Law by The Best Lawyers in America© and is a recent president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She is a 20-year Certified Specialist in Appellate Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization and a Master in the San Diego Appellate Inn of Court.
Ms. Karcher has been listed in San Diego Super Lawyers© and the Best Lawyers in America for many years, including in the Super Lawyers Top 25 Women Lawyers and Top 50 lists. She has been named to Washington Super Lawyers, most recently in 2020 (listings in more than one jurisdiction are unusual). The Best Law Firms in America© has consistently included Karcher Harmes PS among the best law firms in appellate law.
Ms. Karcher became a sole practitioner in 2008 after chairing the Appellate Practice Group of one of the world’s largest law firms. Since then she has maintained offices on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and in San Diego, California.
Jeff Harmes - Business Law
Jeff Harmes is a business lawyer. He has focused his career on licensing and commercializing intellectual property, outsourcing, and complex commercial agreements.
Mr. Harmes has negotiated complex development, licensing, distribution, and strategic alliance agreements in a wide variety of business settings including software, automotive, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronic games and commerce, and communications. He has assisted with establishing foreign distribution networks and joint ventures worldwide, including in Asia, Europe, Canada, and Central America. He has served as lead counsel and intellectual property counsel in many significant merger and acquisition transactions.
Mr. Harmes joined the Gray Cary law firm and managed its intellectual property group after moving to Seattle in 2000. He then moved to K&L Gates and managed its licensing and outsourcing group. Mr. Harmes’ professional activities include serving on the boards of the University of Washington’s Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology and Bainbridge Island Public Television. He has spoken on a variety of technology-related topics and is a co-author of a treatise chapter on commercializing medical devices. Mr. Harmes has been listed for years in Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and the firm has been listed in copyright law in The Best Law Firms in America.