“As a Pierce County Superior Court Judge, I will embrace the responsibility of ensuring accessibility to the courts for everyone.  I am keenly aware of the awesome responsibility of serving our community. Mindful of the significant expense related to involvement with the legal system, my promise is to always be well prepared, efficient, and fair and impartial.”

Tom Quinlan

What do you think is the most important quality of an exceptional Judge?

With 25 years of extensive courtroom and trial experience, Tom Quinlan possesses a broad and diverse knowledge of all areas of the law that a Superior Court Judge handles. Tom has been entrusted by Superior Court Judges with the responsibility to serve as a Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner pro tem; and, he has served as pro tem Judge for municipal courts.
Tom’s knowledge and experience has been recognized by other legal professionals in his ratings by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association as “Exceptionally Well Qualified,” Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers as “Well Qualified,” and the Pierce County Minority Bar Association as “Exceptionally Well Qualified” to serve as a Pierce County Superior Court Judge.

Lawyers know Tom is fair and open-minded because he is frequently asked to serve as a mediator to help resolve complex legal disputes. Additionally, Tom is routinely selected to act as a decision-maker in arbitration proceedings, involving contentious factual and legal disputes.
Tom’s diverse legal experience demonstrates he is balanced because he has seen both sides of many legal issues. With this balanced experience, Tom will be a fair and impartial Pierce County Superior Court Judge.

An Army Reserve Judge Advocate with over 18 years of exemplary service, Tom Quinlan is a leader with a demonstrated commitment to community service. A former President of the Pierce County Bar Association, Tom has received its Leadership Award in 2013 and the Distinguished Community Service Award in 2016 of his service to a local non-profit that helps child victims of trafficking and exploitation. Tom now serves on the Board of the South Sound CARE Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding cutting edge cancer treatment research. Service and giving back to the community are at the core of Tom’s values, which will serve the community well as Pierce County Superior Court Judge.

The goal of justice requires sacrifice and struggle, and the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The warrior is one who sacrifices for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, and above all the children, the future of humanity.

Sitting Bull

If you forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.

Abraham Lincoln