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Judge Theresa Doyle (Ret.)

Judge Theresa Doyle retired from King County Superior Court in 2020 after over 20 years on the bench. During her judicial career, she served in every department and presided over hundreds of trials. Judge Doyle handled all types of civil cases, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, personal injury, wrongful death, construction defects, medical malpractice, insurance coverage and bad faith, commercial leases, real estate transactions, and will and estate disputes.


Widely acclaimed as excellent trial judge, Theresa Doyle was named 2016 Judge of the Year by the Washington State Association for Justice.

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Since retirement, former Judge Doyle has mediated a wide variety of cases. She is known for her ability to work with difficult parties and attorneys, and those under stress and suffering from mental health challenges. She attended mediation training through the National Judicial College, completing their course on Civil Mediation.

Retired Judge Doyle has been a recognized leader in racial justice and legal system reform. She has given presentations for trial attorneys and judges about how to talk to jurors about implicit bias, and written articles about such topics as implicit racial bias, and addressing bias in jury selection and jury pool diversity. She is a 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 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 Doyle 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.

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