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Paris K. Kallas

Retired King County Superior Court Judge 

Former Commissioner, State Court of Appeals, Division I


Judge Paris K. Kallas was appointed to the King County Superior Court in 2001 by Governor Gary Locke and served until 2010. Judge Kallas presided over the full range of civil and criminal cases, including complex litigation and high-profile matters.  She served terms as Chief Civil Judge, Chief Asbestos Judge and also served on the Court’s Executive Committee.  From 1996-2001, she served as a Commissioner of Division I of the Washington State Court of Appeals. While practicing law, she specialized in appellate practice, criminal defense, and general tort litigation.


Experience and Specialties

As a mediator, arbitrator, and special master, Judge Kallas handles personal injury, employment, discrimination, asbestos, maritime, insurance coverage and real property, business, and commercial disputes.   She frequently speaks at Continuing Legal Education Seminars on topics including effective mediation practices and negotiation strategies, ethics, and civil trial practice.

Special Honors and Memberships


  • Chief Civil Judge, King County Superior Court

  • Chief Asbestos Judge, King County Superior Court

  • Chair, Ex Parte and Probate Committee, King County Superior Court

  • Chair, Local Rules Committee, King County Superior Court

Legal and Community Memberships:

  • Washington Super Lawyer, 2014 – Present

  • Member, American College of Civil Trial Mediators

  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

  • Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States

  • Board of Directors Member, Foundation for Washington State Courts

  • Member, William L. Dwyer Inn, American Inns of Court

  • Vanguard Award, King County WA Women Lawyers, 2012

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, 1981 – Present

Past Memberships: 

  • Board of Directors Member, Dispute Resolution Center of King County

  • Member, King County Boys and Girls Club Corporate Board of Directors

  • Member, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences Board of Trustees

  • Member, Community Day School Association Board of Directors

  • Member of Board of Directors, Washington Physicians Health Program


  • J.D., University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University), 1981

  • B.A., St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1978

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