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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 on the West Coast.  Because we are a boutique 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, trial, or appeal. At AKW Law, we understand every individual and business has a different end goal and we pride ourselves in catering to each of our client's needs and providing the attention each client deserves. 


Ada K. Wong

         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)

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association (WELA)

  • King County Bar Association (KCBA)

  • Federal Bar Association (FBA)

Professional Affiliations

  • Washington State Association for Justice Trial News, Assistant Editor, 2015-Present; Editorial Board, 2014-2015

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

  • King County Bar Association Diversity Committee, 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



  • 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

  • "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers, 2016

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

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

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

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

  • AVVO Clients' Choice Award, 2014, 2015

  • 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

  • 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



Trisha Bernardo

        Legal Secretary


Trisha Bernardo studied Design Layout under the Graphic Design program at the Art Institute of Los Angeles, California.  She owns her own publishing company, and during her free time, she enjoys writing books and spending time with her two kids.  


She finds great joy in figuring out ways to incorporate her creativity with her everyday work in advocating for the firm's clients.  


She is a licensed process server in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.  

Julia Michel

         Law Clerk


Julia is a second year law student at the University of Washington School of Law.  Prior to attending law school, she worked as a lobbyist for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), helping to pass several government reform laws.  She graduated from the University of Vermont with degrees in Political Science and Global Studies.  

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