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In Memoriam: Michael Wrenn (KCBF President 2000–2001)

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The King County Bar Association is saddened to announce the death June 3 of former King County Bar Foundation President Michael Wrenn.

Mike most recently had been a partner since 2017 at Nossaman LLP, a mid-sized national firm, where his practice focused on insurance recovery litigation. He had also been a longtime partner at Heller Ehrman from 1988–2008. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Washington.

A leader in the bar, Mike served on the King County Bar Foundation Board of Trustees from 1998–2006, including a term as president from 2000–2001. He was also active in the Association, serving on numerous committees and ultimately as a trustee from 2011–2014.

KCBA Second Vice President John McKay remembers having “had the pleasure of serving with Mike on the Board of Trustees. Mike impressed all of us with his thoughtful insight. When he spoke, he offered well-considered and compassionate counsel in promoting KCBA’s service and leadership in the bar. Like many of our members, Mike was a busy and highly regarded lawyer who found time to serve the community as a pro bono lawyer and servant leader.”

Former KCBA President Anne Daly (2013–2014) shares, “I remember Mike as always so positive: big smile, big hugs, everything with a silver lining, and his love for his kids — he was so genuinely excited about spending time with them, sharing stories. Whenever I saw him he was happy gracious, warm — always made my day better.”

Former KCBF President Colleen Kinerk (2007–2008) offers this memory: “Mike had a smile that lit up the room. I first met Mike (and encountered that smile) when I had the pleasure of working with him on the King County Bar Foundation Board. Mike inspired all of his fellow board colleagues with his warmth, charm and 24/7 passion for justice. Mike always said ‘yes’ to any request which could help ensure access to legal services for a child, family or individual in need. And Mike beautifully and effectively coached a chorus of “yeses” from the lawyers, judges and other volunteers who sought to emulate his goodness.”

KCBA staff member Sharon Verrall, who has worked at the bar for more than 40 years, including at our Neighborhood Legal Clinics, had the opportunity to see Mike in action, too. She recalls that “he was relentless in his caring for the clients and their protection. I had the pleasure of working with him several times at the Legal Clinic and enjoyed every minute.”

Leslie Nellermoe, one of Mike’s partners at Nossaman, provides this reflection: “Mike loved being a lawyer because he liked helping people. He was a mentor to new and not-so-new lawyers. He was a great lawyer and a great friend. I will miss him.”

Mike’s civic involvement extended beyond his profession and included leadership as a board member for Equal Rights Washington (serving as chair from 2007–2011) and as a board member for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

Mike is survived by his children, Bailey, Parker and Sawyer, and his granddaughter Wrenn, and three brothers and two sisters.

Nossaman LLP, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and KCBA will host a joint memorial reception for Mike on July 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the KCBA offices (1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700). RSVP to Sophie Petersen at or 206-267-7055.

An additional tribute to Mike appears on the Nossaman website at

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