Adam Karp

Adjunct Professor


Mr. Karp exclusively practices animal law statewide from Bellingham, Washington. Having graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. Honors, and University of Washington with a J.D. and M.S. in statistics, this is his twelfth year actively practicing law. He founded and served as first chair of the new Washington State Bar Association's Animal Law Section for 2002-2003 and has held executive committee positions since its formation. He is also a vicechair of the American Bar Association's Animal Law Committee. Mr. Karp served six years as a contributing editor of the Animal Legal Report, produced by Animal Legal Reports Services, regularly writes on the topic of animal law, and routinely speaks around the nation about animal law, including at Yale, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Vermont Law School. He has taught animal law at the University of Washington School of Law twice and Seattle University School of Law four times, and is scheduled to teach at both schools again in 2011 and 2010, respectively. He has been quoted in TIME, the National Law Journal, the ABA Journal, and other periodicals, including a dedicated article on his practice in the Seattle Times.

Mr. Karp has co-authored the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section's Survey on Animal Tort and Insurance Law for three consecutive years, recently published an article in Thomson West's Causes of Action pertaining to injuries to animals by animals (38 COA.2d 281 (2008)), recently completed a second article to be published in Causes of Action pertaining to injuries to animals by humans (to be published in 2010), is contracted to work on a third article to be published in Causes of Action pertaining to Section 1983 claims involving injury to an animal, as well as an article to be published in Am. Jur. Trials pertaining to veterinary malpractice litigation.

He has chaired several animal law CLEs hosted by the WSBA, and have been a speaker at nearly 30 CLEs and conferences around the nation, all on the subject of animal law.

With positive results, he has argued before the Washington Courts of Appeal on the subject of animal law, resulting in some decisions that many regard as seminal. Lastly, Mr. Karp has served as an arbitrator six times since 2006-2007.


Animal Law Offices of Adam P. Karp
114 W. Magnolia St., Ste. 425
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 738.7273 (RARF)
Outside Bellingham: (888) 430.0001
Fax: (360) 392.3936 (FYDO)


  • B.A. with Honors, Gonzaga University
  • J.D. and M.S. in statistics, University of Washington


  • Animal Law