This firm has conflicting emotions on the latest news about Smith Alling shareholder Tom Quinlan: pride and regret.It is with pride that we are pleased to announce that Tom is becoming a Pierce County Superior Court Judge.Yet we regret that he will be leaving us.
Tom was unopposed for election to Department 6 of the Pierce County Superior Court.He will take office as a Superior Court Judge in January 2021.
Tom joined Smith Alling as a shareholder six years ago.His practice focused on litigation – in both state and federal courts.Before that, he had a successful practice for over 20 years at Miller, Quinlan & Auter, where he also was a shareholder.
Since 1998, he has served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR). Recently, he was the Deputy Commander of the 6th Legal Operations Detachment headquartered at Joint Base Lewis McChord.Tom holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
A Tacoma native, Tom has a BA degree from the University of Puget Sound and JD degree from Seattle University School of Law.He is a past President of both the Tacoma-Pierce County Young Lawyers Section and the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.He also served as President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.
He has this firm’s best wishes as he begins his new chapter as a state court judge.