About Paul F. Eagle

I am running to be a judge for King County Superior Court. This humbling decision comes after months of deliberations and meetings with colleagues, friends and supporters; it also comes from my sense of readiness for the formidable task and challenges at hand. I respectfully ask for your vote, support and endorsement.

With humility of heart, but with dedication to the challenge and purpose of principle, I announce my candidacy for judge of King County Superior Court, Department #51. After almost 27 years in private practice, I am ready and uniquely qualified to serve the citizens of King County as judge. I respectfully ask for your support.

As a native of Washington State, I enjoy deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. My father was Karuk Indian and my mother German/Irish. I am the youngest of 13 children raised by a single parent mother. My father left the picture shortly after I was born. I grew up rich in love, but my family was economically very poor, and we were the recipients of much-needed public assistance. I vividly remember my mother’s limited access to justice and our options for ‘righting wrongs’ were minimal. Growing up economically disadvantaged, and as a gay Karuk Indian in King County, my family and I experienced multiple, significant struggles due to our minority and underprivileged status. Nevertheless, my background is a blessing to me, as it forms the fundamental dynamics and prisms of my professional and personal life. I share a unique understanding and personal insight into the struggles, hardships and issues faced by other similarly situated minorities throughout our county.

From the time I entered private practice, I zealously and effectively represented clients from all parts of our diverse society. This experience made clear to me the value of a learned, thoughtful and deliberative judge. Representing diverse clients, from juveniles to senior citizens, from economically challenged families to infringed minorities, and throughout all aspects of law, I personally witnessed the direct, powerful and significant effect judges have upon citizens and our society. If elected, I will use my experience and training to serve faithfully the citizens of King County. I attended St. Benedict’s Elementary School in Wallingford and Bishop Blanchet High School in Green Lake. After graduating with honors from Saint Martin’s College in Olympia with degrees in religious studies and philosophy, I obtained my Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane. While studying at Gonzaga University School of Law, I was selected to intern with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, an experience invaluable to my formation as a young lawyer.

After my admission to the Washington State Bar in 1993, I worked in private practice throughout Western Washington. In 2004, I opened Eagle Law Offices, PS and focused my practice in family, civil and criminal law.

I also serve King County Superior Court as a pro tem Court Commissioner. This part time judicial experience has been invaluable and further solidified my commitment to this campaign to be elected judge. Wonderful, inspirational, meaningful and educational are just a few descriptive words for this experience. I loved every opportunity to serve as a pro tem Court Commissioner and I know it will serve me well as a judge. My only regret is not having applied for the position earlier in my career.

My professional affiliations have included Judicial Fellows, Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington Trial Lawyers Association, University of Washington Moot Court program and the Gonzaga School of Law Alumni Mentor Program for prospective law students. When in Olympia, I was a member of the Saint Martin’s College Alumni Association. Currently, I am a member of the Karuk Indian tribe, Washington State Bar Association, the United States District Court, Western District of Washington, the King County Bar Association, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) and QLaw, the LGBT Bar Association of Washington. I live and work in King County and I share my South King County home with my rescued cat, ‘Hope.’ I volunteer and try to give back to my community and county through multiple pro bono hours and services.

My personal and professional experience readies me for the challenges and duties as a judge and I respectfully ask for your support and vote. Please consider joining the multitude of others and endorse my campaign. If elected, I pledge to bring my real-world background and legal skill to King County Superior Court every day.