Seattle Municipal Courts Hon. Karen Donohue, Presiding

Judges Bios

Hon. Karen Donohue, Presiding
Hon. Willie Gregory
Hon. Judith Hightower
Hon. C. Kimi Kondo
Hon. Edward McKenna
Hon. Steve Rosen
Hon. Damon Shadid

Seattle Municipal Court Judges

Honorable Karen Donohue


  • University of Washington, B.A. Political Science
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D.

Career Professional Experience
Past and Present

  • Presiding Judge, Seattle Municipal Court, 2016 - present
  • Judge, Seattle Municipal Court, 2011 - present
  • Judge Pro Tempore
    • Seattle Municipal Court, 1994 - 1998, 2001 - 2006, 2007 - 2010
    • Des Moines Municipal Court, 2008 - 2010
    • King County District Court, 2009 - 2010
  • Director, Front Porch Classics, 2001 - 2004
  • General Counsel, Meteor Mobile Communications, Dublin Ireland, 1998 - 1999
  • General Counsel, The Walter Group, 1996 - 2000
  • Attorney/Consultant, Solo Practitioner, 1994 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2007
  • Assistant Seattle City Attorney, 1990 - 1994
  • Law Clerk/Bailiff, King County Superior Court Judge Jerome M. Johnson, 1989 - 1990
  • Associate Attorney, Bird & Percival, 1987 - 1989
  • President, The Remediation Company, 1987 - 1996

Career Affiliations and Committees
Past and Present

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association Awards Committee
  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • YMCA Mock Trial Volunteer Coach
  • Judge, King County Kid's Court
  • Mock Trial Judge, YMCA State Championship
  • Board Member, King County Washington Women Lawyers
  • Judge, Pacific Science Center Crime Solvers Camp Mock Trial
  • Co-Founder and Co-Director, Seattle Youth Traffic Court
  • District Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA)
  • Member and Co-Chair, DMCJA Education Committee
  • Member, DMCJA Uniform Citation Committee
  • Member, DMCJA DOL Liaison Committee
  • Member, William Dwyer Inn of Court
  • State Chair, National Association of Women Judges
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges Website Improvement Committee
  • Member, Incarcerated Veterans Motion Advisory Group
  • Member, Regional Law, Safety & Justice Committee
  • Panelist, University of Washington School of Law
  • Judge, Seattle University School of Law Mock Motion Hearings

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