Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Paul Thompson to Snohomish Superior Court. He replaces Judge Ellen Fair who is retiring at the end of the year.
Thompson has spent the past 11 years serving as an attorney at the Snohomish County Public Defender Association. During his time at the Association, he served as a trial attorney for eight years and as misdemeanor supervisor for nearly three years.
Thompson has also worked as counsel for Defense of Chelan County where he represented clients charged with offenses in both the superior and district courts. He began his career as a legal intern in Spokane.
He is also the president of the Washington Defender Association and a board member for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
“Paul is highly regarded by those who know him and have worked with him. His even and professional temperament, and his sense of justice, will be a fine addition to the Snohomish County bench," Inslee said.
Thompson received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University.
His appointment is effective January 2019.