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Judge Theresa Doyle retired from King County Superior Court the end of 2020. She was elected in 2004 with 71 percent of the vote and served four terms in office, unopposed. She was a Seattle Municipal Court judge from 1998 to 2004. She has presided over hundreds of jury trials in her 22-year career.
As a King County Superior Court judge, Theresa Doyle served in every department and presided over many murder and other serious criminal trials, and handled all types of civil cases, including personal injury, commercial leases, real estate transactions, construction disputes, medical and legal malpractice, insurance coverage and bad faith, wrongful death, and will and estate disputes.
Widely regarded as excellent trial judge, Theresa Doyle was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Washington State Association for Justice in 2016.
Judge Theresa Doyle (ret.)
While on the bench, Judge Doyle conducted many settlement conferences. She received her mediation training from the nationally recognized American Judges Association course.
Off the bench, Judge Doyle has been a recognized leader in racial justice and legal system reform. She has done presentations for judges and attorneys, and written articles about such topics as implicit racial bias, addressing bias in jury selection and jury pool diversity. She is an active member of the Minority and Justice Commission where she chairs the Rules and Legislation Committee and co-chairs the Juvenile Justice Committee.
As an attorney Theresa Doyle spent most of her career as an appellate public defender, and she was briefly an associate at a large corporate firm. She also clerked at the Washington Court of Appeals, Division One, and at the California Court of Appeal in San Francisco. Her first court appearance as a lawyer was in the California Supreme Court.
Theresa graduated from Seattle University School of Law with honors, and was an editor of the law review. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Washington and her high school diploma from Rainier Beach High School.