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Profile / Kevin Coluccio

Breaking Away

By Lincoln Sieler


I first met Kevin Coluccio when we were randomly assigned as roommates at the first Trial Lawyers College regional we attended. We became fast friends, and I have had the good fortune of working with him on several cases.

What I noticed immediately about Kevin is how welcoming, generous, open-minded and genuine he is to everyone around him.

The second of five children, Kevin grew up in Kent. Neither of his parents attended college, but his father took evening classes in the late 1950s to become a well-respected engineer at Boeing where he worked for more than 45 years.

When Kevin was 14 years old, his parents sent him to work on his aunt and uncle's dairy farm in Enumclaw. Kevin was skeptical, but he took to farm work quickly. He learned to drive, and spent hours in the fields driving a tractor or a truck to haul in the hay. Throughout high school, he spent a lot of time during the school year and summer break helping on the farm. Kevin says his family and his years on the farm taught him the real value of hard work.

After graduating from public school in Kent, Kevin attended Seattle University where he played Division I soccer. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1981; uncertain of his career path, he took the opportunity to work in a cannery in Ketchikan, Alaska, and then returned to Seattle, where he worked construction.

He thought about a career in the law, but resisted the idea because he wasn't sure he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Bryan. Nevertheless, Kevin decided to take the LSAT, and in 1983 was admitted to law school at the University of Puget Sound.

He recalls orientation day when the Law School admissions director gave the students the old line from "The Paper Chase": "Look to your left, look to your right - one of you won't be here next year."1 Kevin doesn't remember who was on his left or right, but he was still there at the end of the year. He ultimately graduated in 1986.

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