Legal/Judicial Experience: Nearly 20 years of legal experience, including 8 years as a King County Pro-Tem and Administrative Law Judge and 12 years practicing civil, criminal, and family law.
Other Professional Experience: Past President, Loren Miller Bar Association; King County Bar Association Trustee; Adjunct Professor at UW Law; William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court.
Education: Butler University; J.D. from Indiana University School of Law
Community Service: Decades of public service and community involvement, including organizing free legal aid seminars and service on numerous non-profit boards. Received the Goldmark Award for Distinguished Public Service, presented by the Legal Foundation of Washington.
Statement: Nicole Gaines Phelps brings broad judicial, legal, and life experience to the bench. As a King County pro tem and Administrative Law Judge, Nicole is committed to providing equal access to justice in her courtroom. As an attorney, Nicole practiced both civil and criminal law, ensuring that Constitutional rights were accessible to all. In her community, Nicole works to eliminate barriers to legal services and educates the public on their legal rights. Nicole's family taught her the value of equality and social justice early in life. She has dedicated her legal career to helping people find justice in unjust situations. All King County residents deserve Superior Court Judges with the integrity to put aside personal bias; the intellectual capacity to interpret and apply the law; and enough understanding of human nature to deliver justice with compassion. With your vote, Nicole Gaines-Phelps will strive every day to be that Judge for you.
Endorsements: All 9 State Supreme Court Justices; Over 65 judges; dozens of attorneys; U.S. Congressman Adam Smith; County Executive Dow Constantine; Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes; dozens of state legislators, local and County councilmembers; King County Democrats; King County Labor Council; and National Women's Political Caucus.