Hon. Tom Felnagle


Work History

Private practice of Law

Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor, Pierce County

Governor’s Legal Counsel

Superior Court Judge


BA University of Puget Sound

JD University of Oregon


Twice Presiding Judge Pierce County Superior Court

Presiding Judge Pierce County Juvenile Court

Vice Chair Sentencing Guidelines Commission

President Robert Bryan Inns of Court

President Hilltop Optimist Club

Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Award (Tacoma-Pierce Co. Bar Foundation)

Judges in the Classroom

Youth sports coach

Experience with Dispute Resolution:

Performed 100’s of mediations, arbitrations and settlement conferences


Aug. 22, 2004 from The News Tribune (Judging the Judges):

“In anonymous responses to a News Tribune questionnaire, … attorneys raved about Judge Thomas Felnagle … .  He earned the attorneys highest rating overall.”


July 1, 2012 from The News Tribune (Passing Judgment on the Judges):

“The epitome of a judge on the Pierce County Superior Court bench:  Thomas Felnagle.  The 20 year jurist was judged the fairest and the most competent in a recent survey of the Tacoma – Pierce County Bar Association’s membership.”


They are saying the same things about him as a mediator (2017 letter from private practice attorney):

“Judge Felnagle, you previously mediated a case for us with great success …”