Superior Court Department 17


  • Judge: Honorable Karena Kirkendoll Dept 17 - Judge Karena Kirkendoll-150
  • Elected / Appointed: January 9, 2017

Education

  • University of Puget Sound, J.D. 1991
  • University of Idaho, B.S. 1985

Career Highlights

  • Elected Pierce County Superior Court Judge November 8, 2016 
  • Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner 2013 - 2016
  • Industrial Appeals Judge, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals 2009 - 2013
  • Administrative Law Judge, Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings 2006 - 2009
  • Lawyer in private practice 1994 - 2006 

Professional Affiliations, Committees

  • Superior Court Judges Association 
  • Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inns of Court
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association (President 2005)
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Trustee 2002-2004
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section (President 2004)
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Outstanding Service Award recipient (2003)

Civic Involvement

  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • YMCA Mock Trial Competition
  • Race for the Cure 
  • Law Week - Judges in Classroom 
  • Presenter at numerous continuing legal education seminars 2000-2016