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Palmer Robinson

Retired King County Superior Court Judge 

Judge Palmer Robinson was appointed to the King County Superior Court in 1999 by Governor Gary Locke and served until 2017.  Judge Robinson presided over a wide range of civil and criminal cases, including commercial, personal injury, medical negligence, employment discrimination, family law and class action lawsuits.  Judge Robinson served in many court leadership and policy setting positions, including Assistant Chief Criminal Judge, Chief Criminal Judge, Chief Judge at the Maleng Regional Justice Center, Chief Judge of Unified Family Court, and as Assistant Presiding Judge to two Presiding Judges.


Experience and Specialties

Before coming to the bench, Judge Robinson had an extensive civil trial practice for twenty-four years.  She tried over fifty cases in King, Snohomish, Whatcom, Kitsap and Pierce Counties, as well as United States District Court.  The cases she handled involved product liability, professional negligence, personal injury, class actions, commercial litigation, employment discrimination and insurance coverage.  While in private practice, she served as an arbitrator in several cases.

Special Honors and Memberships


  • ABOTA Judge of the Year Award 2015

  • Chair, Court Technology Committee 2016

  • Co-chair Court Strategic Planning Committee

  • Chair Court Security Committee

  • Assistant Chief Criminal Judge 2009-2010

  • Chief Criminal Judge 2004

  • Chief Judge Maleng Regional Justice Center 2007

  • Chief Judge, Unified Family Court 2014

  • Assistant Presiding Judge 2012, 2014


  • President, WDTL 1991-1992

  • Board of Trustees, KCBA 1992-1994

  • Associate Member ABOTA 1993-1999


  • J.D., University of California College of the Law, San Francisco 1975

  • B.A. Stanford University 1972

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