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Seattle Mediation, Paris K. Kallas

Judge Paris K. Kallas was appointed to the King County Superior Court in 2001 by Governor Gary Locke and served until 2010. Judge Kallas presided over the full range of civil and criminal cases, including complex litigation and high-profile matters.  She served terms as Chief Civil Judge, Chief Asbestos Judge and also served on the Court’s Executive Committee.  From 1996-2001, she served as a Commissioner of Division I of the Washington State Court of Appeals. While practicing law, she specialized in appellate practice, criminal defense, and general tort litigation.

Experience & Specialties

As a mediator, arbitrator, and special master, Judge Kallas handles personal injury, employment, discrimination, asbestos, maritime, dissolution, insurance coverage and real property, business, and commercial disputes.   She frequently speaks at Continuing Legal Education Seminars on topics including effective mediation practices and negotiation strategies, ethics, and civil trial practice.

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J.D., University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University), 1981
B.A., St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1978