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Judge Nelson E. Hunt, Department 1

Education: Newman High School, New Orleans, LA (1967), Colorado College (B.A. History); Willamette University College of Law, Salem, OR (J.D., 1978) National Judicial College (2004).

Military: United States Coast Guard (1971-1975)

Legal Experience: Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Lewis County (1979-1990); Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney (1990-1995); Private Practice with Mano, McKerricher, Paroutaud and Hunt, Chehalis (1995-2004). Judge, Lewis County Superior Court (2005-Present).

Judge James W. Lawler, Department 2

Education: Snohomish High School, Snohomish, WA (1975); Washington State University (B.S Agricultural Economics, 1979); Willamette University College of Law, Salem, OR (J.D., 1982); National Judicial College

Legal Experience: Twenty-four years in private practice in Lewis County with significant experience in felony and misdemeanor defense, family law and estate planning. Partner in law firm of Olson, Althauser, Lawler and Samuelson (1980- 2007). Court Commissioner Pro Tem (1997-2007). Judge, Lewis County Superior Court, Department 2 (2007-Present).

Judge Richard L. Brosey, Department 3

Education: Winlock H.S. (1967), University of Washington (B.A., Economics) 1971, Gonzaga Law School (Juris Doctorate) 1974, National Judicial College 2000. 

Legal/Judicial Experience: Private practice 1974 – 1993. Municipal Court Judge, City of Chehalis, 1992-1997. Lewis County Superior Court Commissioner 1994-1998, Superior Court Judge, Department 3, 1998 to present.

Significant Career Experience: Attorney, City of Toledo, 1975-1993; family law, civil law, real estate, criminal defense including substantial felony casework 1974-1993.