Legal/Judicial Experience: Practicing Attorney: 33 years; private practice in civil matters with trial/mediation/arbitration experience in personal injury, professional malpractice, contract disputes, eminent domain, construction defects, product liability; argued in the Washington Courts of Appeal, the Washington State Supreme Court and the Idaho Supreme Court.
Other Professional Experience: Mediator in Mandatory Mediation Program; Washington State Association of Justice, Eagle Member; Gonzaga Law Board of Advisors, Member; lecturer for CLE programs.
Education: Law Degree, Gonzaga University School of Law (Thomas More Scholar 1980-’82); BA with honors Political Science, Gonzaga University.
Community Service: HEAL Board, Past Member; Hutton Elementary Parent Teacher Group, Past Member.
Statement: The courtroom is a place where money and power should not make a difference. Individuals, corporations and government should all stand toe to toe in demanding fairness and be able to count equally on justice. I am a champion for individuals and my practice centers around real people with legal needs. I have experience representing people from all walks of life in the stress of the courtroom. That work requires honesty, creativity and hard work; all attributes I will continue to apply on the bench.
Born and raised in Montana, I have transitioned from student to lawyer, businessperson, husband and father in Spokane. There have been consistent reminders of the importance the law has in all aspects of the civil union that is our Community, our County, our State and ultimately, our Country. As a Superior Court Judge, I will do the work necessary to make and permit just decisions in all cases.
I seek the opportunity to strengthen and maintain the local judiciary. Rated “well qualified” and “exceptionally well qualified” by county and state organizations, I am proud to have broad community support and appreciate your vote. When you choose Fennessy, you choose justice.