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AKW Law is a law firm based in Seattle, Washington, and handles matters in California and Washington.  We provide advice and litigation services to individuals and businesses.  Because we are a client-oriented law firm, you can be confident that "what you see is what you get."  We are also easily accessible to our clients.

We are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the best outcome possible, whether that is an early settlement, mediation, arbitration, trial, or appeal.  At AKW Law, we understand that all of our clients have different goals, and we pride ourselves in catering to our clients' needs and providing the attention they deserve. 

Our lawyers speak Chinese (说中文) and Spanish (habla español).



Ada K. Wong

David Cedarblade

Kaytlin Carlson

Patricia Cagle


Ada K. Wong

     Owner, Attorney at Law

     Licensed in CA & WA


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., Dispute Resolution Concentration 

  • University of California, Davis, B.A., Communication

​Admitted to Practice

  • State of Washington 

  • State of California

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 


  • English

  • Cantonese (fluent)

  • Mandarin (basic)


  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)

  • California State Bar Association (CSBA)

  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), EAGLE Member

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) *prior

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) *prior

  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA)

  • King County Bar Association (KCBA)

  • Snohomish County Bar Association (SCBA)

  • Federal Bar Association (FBA) *prior

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

Professional Affiliations

  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) Trial News, Associate Editor, 2017-Present; Assistant Editor, 2015-2017; Editorial Board Member, 2014-2015

  • WSAJ CLE Committee Member, 2016-Present

  • WSAJ Diversity Committee Member, 2014-Present

  • American Inns of Court The Bencher, Editorial Board, 2012-Present

  • King County Bar Association (KCBA) Diversity Committee Member, 2014-Present

  • William L. Dwyer American Inns of Court, Executive Board, 2014-Present; Member, 2011-2014

  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington (VABAW), President, 2015; President-Elect, 2014; Secretary, 2013-2014; Member, 2010-2012



  • SCOTUS Sends a Message to The Lower Courts: Stop Suing Police Officers, May 2017 (WSAJ Trial News)

  • Networking, Marketing, and Everything in Between, January/February 2017 (American Inns of Court The Bencher)

  • Employer Liability for Customer or Non-Employee Harassment, September 2016 (WSAJ Trial News)

  • Did You Know About WSAJ's Getting Started Series ("GSS")?, September 2016 (WSAJ Trial News)

  • Book Review: Case Framing, May 2016 (WSAJ Trial News)

  • Police Brutality and the Mentally Ill, March 2016 (WSAJ Trial News)

  • Young v. United States Parcel Service, Inc.: A Small Step for Pregnant Employees, July 2015 (WSAJ Trial News)

  • The Need for Clarity on Tasers-Excessive Force and Qualified Immunity, March 2015 (WSAJ Trial News)

  • Johnston-Forbes v. Matsunaga and Biomechanical Testimony--Where Does That Leave Plaintiffs' Attorneys in Excluding Expert Testimony?, October 2014 (WSAJ Trial News)

  • Legal Guide: How to Get Your Employee File in Washington, 2014

  • What Is "Excessive Force?" A Look at Graham v. Connor, 2013 (WSBA NWSidebar)

  • 50 Years After Gideon: Should the Right to Counsel Be Expanded?, 2013 (WSBA NWSidebar)

  • Facebook Can Cost You More Than Your Lawsuit: Allied Concrete Co. v. Lester, 2013 (WSBA NWSidebar)


Awards & Recognitions

  • "New Lawyer Ready to Soar" by Washington State Association for Justice, 2017

  • "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers, 2016, 2017

  • Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers, 2016, 2017

  • "Women in The Law - Top Peer-Nominated Lawyers", Best Lawyers, 2016 

  • AVVO 10.0/10.0 Top Personal Injury Attorney, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • AVVO 10.0/10.0 Top Employment Law Attorney, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • AVVO 10.0/10.0 Top Civil Rights Attorney, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • AVVO Clients' Choice Award, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • WYLC Local Leader Award, 2015

  • WSBA Public Incentive Award, 2014

  • University of Washington School of Law Pro Bono Honors Award, 2010, 2011

  • Asian American Bar Association of Washington Scholarship, 2009


Speaking Engagements

  • WSAJ CLE: "Uncovering the Secrets of Discovery: Overall Discovery Planning & Differences in State v. Federal Discovery," March 2017

  • WSBA CLE: "Effective Tools for the 21st Century Litigator: Updates to Federal Civil Rules and Comparison to Washington's Civil Rules," September 2016

  • WSAJ WOW Conference: "Lifting Up: Powerful Ideas from WOW Powerhouses," September 2016

  • Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America: "Help!  Author Support Panel," September 2016

  • WSAJ Convention: "Diversity Presentation: Cultural Competence in Trial," June 2016

  • WSBA Legal Lunchbox: "Over the Course of Your Legal Career - A Conversation on Professional Development & Office Management," May 2016

  • WSAJ CLE: "How to Survive & Thrive in the First Years of Practice," March 2016

  • WSAJ EAGLE Legal Staff Brown Bag: "A Case Walks In The Door: From Intake to Filing and Service," Sept. 2015

  • WSCA Annual Conference: "10 Things All Employers Should Know: From Hiring to Firing," April 2015


Habla español

David Cedarblade

     Of Counsel

     Licensed in WA


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D.

  • University of California, Davis, B.A. Political Science, Minor in Spanish

​Admitted to Practice

  • State of Washington 


  • English

  • Spanish

As a lawyer, David has experience representing clients in various matters, focusing on family law, DUI, and speeding/traffic tickets. He has appeared in over 40 courts across 7 counties in Washington. He is committed to working with his clients to explore the best resolution by being honest and straightforward.  

In his spare time, he enjoys playing softball and spending time with his wife and daughter. 

David Cedarblade habla español y tiene experiencia trabajando con clientes hispanohablantes en casos de muchos tipos. Sabe la ley y como hablar con clientes, juezes, y abogados adversarios. Si usted busca un abogado que luchará para usted y puede explicarle cada paso del caso, llame o mande un email para hacer una cita con David Cedarblade hoy. 


Habla español

Habla español

Kaytlin Carlson

     Attorney at Law

     Licensed in WA


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D.

  • University of Washington, B.A. Spanish, Minor in Law Societies and Justice

​Admitted to Practice

  • State of Washington 


  • English

  • Spanish (conversational)


  • Washington State Bar Association 

  • King County Bar Association

Kaytlin has experience working in-house at the Allen Institute prior to joining AKW Law.  She is excited to apply her experiences and background to advocate on behalf of her clients and help them achieve their desired outcome. 

In her spare time, Kaytlin enjoys watching the Huskies play, going to concerts, and baking. 

Patricia Cagle



Patricia (aka "Patti") has been a paralegal for almost 17 years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature in 1999 and her Paralegal Certificate in 2001.  Patti worked at two law firms prior to joining AKW Law. She has extensive experience in state and federal courts, as well as in King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Thurston counties. She is excited to utilize her skills, knowledge, and experience to help AKW Law's clients in their needs.  

In her spare time, Patti enjoys watching the Seahawks play and spending time with her family. 

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