Tristen U. Key, Attorney at Law



Tristen was named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics magazine in 2009. This designation is reserved for fewer than 3 percent of all licensed attorneys in the State of Washington who have practiced less than 10 years.

Five Star Investment Professionals, Seattle Magazine (2017)

Five Star Investment Professionals, Seattle Magazine (2016)

10 Best for Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2015)

Rising Stars, Super Lawyers (2009)

Top Rated Award, (2017)


Legal Experience

Equity Partner, Dethlefs Sparwasser Reich Dickerson & Key, PLLC (2008 – 2017)

Senior Associate, Stella L. Pitts & Associates, PLLC (2004 – 2008)

Extern Clerk, Washington State Supreme Court, Justice Tom Chambers (2003)

Rule 9 Clerk, Multicounty Public Defender, Appellate Division (2003)

Research Assistant, Seattle University School of Law (2002)

Lead Domestic Violence Coordinator, City of Kent Attorney's Office (1999 – 2001)

Legal Advocate,  Snohomish County Center for Battered Women (1995 – 1999)



Snohomish County Bar Association, Active Member (2009-present)

King County Bar Association, Active Member (2004-2010)

Washington State Bar Association, Active Member (2004-present)

Seattle Human Rights Commission, Commissioner (2000-2001)

Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission, Trainer (2000-2001)

Asian Women and Family Safety Center, Board of Director (1998-2000)



Seattle University, School of Law, Seattle, WA, Juris Doctor with Honors (cum laude) (2004)

Moot Court Board Member (2000-2004)

Seattle Journal for Social Justice Editorial Staff Member (2002-2004)

Diversity Scholarship Recipient (2002, 2003, 2004)

CALI Award for Achieving Highest Grade in Legal Writing II (2003)

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Honors (1994)

Psi Chi National Honor Society (1991-1994)