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Matt Williams


King County District Court

Southeast Division, Position Six

Matt Williams

Occupation: Judge Pro-Tem • Attorney, 27 years • Arbitrator • National Institute for Trial Advocacy Program Director.

Education: University of Nebraska, B.S. (Economics). University of Nebraska College of Law.

Other Experience: Special Disciplinary Counsel • Arbitrator, King/Pierce County Superior Courts • Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law • Managing Attorney and Product Director • Assistant Seattle City Attorney • Enforcement Prosecuting Attorney • Assistant Attorney General, Washington State & Iowa Department of Justice.

Statement: The King County Bar rates Matt Williams “Exceptionally Well Qualified,” its highest rating and the highest rating in this race.

As a highly respected Judge Pro-Tem and Arbitrator, Matt Williams holds offenders accountable for their actions, while treating those that appear before him with fairness and respect.

He is the only candidate in this race endorsed by Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Prosecutors, Defense Lawyers, and the Assistant Chief Presiding Judges of both the King County Superior and District Courts. Williams was selected by King County District Court Clerks and Probation Officers, (the professionals who know what it takes to run an effective court), as their candidate of choice in this race.

Matt has earned bi-partisan support from state and local officials throughout the Puget Sound including the mayors of both Federal Way and Auburn. He has been endorsed the ML King County Labor Council, Citizens for Judicial Excellence, as well as

He is the only candidate who brings a balance of experience as a Judge Pro-Tem, Prosecutor, and Defense attorney. He is a nationally recognized expert in criminal and civil litigation who has trained over 1,000 Prosecutors, attorneys, and Judges within the US. The US Department of Justice entrusts him to lead international training for Judges, Prosecutors, and attorneys in countries around the world.

Matt has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law since 1991, and serves as an instructor of police officers at the Washington State Patrol Academy.

Family: Matt and his wife, Dr. Patricia Read-Williams, have been married for 29 years and live in Auburn. Their daughters graduated from Auburn High School. One is now a high school math teacher, and the other is in college studying genetics.

Official web site:  
Opponent: David Tracy
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For Municipal League of King County
For King County Democrats

Candidate ratings:

King County Bar Association Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Municipal League of King County Very Good Very Good
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers Highly Qualified Qualified

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Finance report:

(Click a dollar figure for detailed information.)

David Tracy 10/15/2010 $51,582.87
Personal Funds $10,800.00
Loans $4,700.00
Matthew Williams 10/15/2010 $43,451.18
Personal Funds $31,231.18
Loans $4,600.00
, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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