Legal/Judicial Experience: Pro tem Judge in Fife and Fircrest Municipal Courts and Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner; Superior Court Arbitrator; US Bankruptcy Court panel mediator.
Other Professional Experience: Extensive courtroom experience and diverse law practice spanning three decades; Lieutenant Colonel, 18 years as Army Reserve Judge Advocate General (JAG); past President, Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association.
Education: Juris Doctor, University of Puget Sound School of Law; Qualification, Army Judge Advocate General School; pending Masters of Strategic Studies, US Army War College.
Community Service: Founding Trustee, Pierce County Bar Foundation for volunteer legal services; Trustee, South Sound Cancer Awareness Research Education Foundation; many civic clubs.
Statement: Make a difference by choosing the most fair and experienced candidate. Tom Quinlan is a fair decision-maker with knowledge and balanced experience in all areas of the law that the Superior Court handles. He is rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association and Minority Bar – their highest ratings.
The Superior Court handles felony crimes and is critical to ensuring public safety. As a JAG, Lieutenant Colonel Quinlan is a leader with unmatched experience, prosecuting serious offenders including sexual assault and domestic violence cases, protecting soldiers and families, and ensuring that our military meets the highest standards. We can trust Tom Quinlan to keep our communities safe.
Born, raised, and educated here, Tom is committed to our community. His service includes advocating for children who are victims of human trafficking. Tom is determined to give back to the community that gave him opportunity.
Endorsements: WA Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson, Superior Court Judge Jack Nevin, Sheriff Paul Pastor, Tacoma Police Officers; Gig Harbor Firefighters; State Representatives Laurie Jinkins (D), Dick Muri (R), and Christine Kilduff (D); County Councilmembers Doug Richardson (R), Derek Young (D), Joyce McDonald (R); and over 200 local judges and attorneys.