Meet the two newest Superior Court Judges, Judge Chad Allred and Judge Samuel Chung
Judge Chad Allred – On May 9, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee appointed Chad Allred to the King County Superior Court bench. Judge Allred assumed the position previously occupied by Judge Trickey, who was appointed to the Washington Court of Appeals.
Judge Allred spent 15 years in private practice, where his litigation experience included trade secrets, tortious interference, securities fraud, racketeering, trust and probate disputes, serious injuries, and some criminal defense. He also developed expertise in the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction and in complex judgment collection. From 1999 forward, Judge Allred volunteered with and supported Open Door Legal Services, which provides free legal help to the homeless in Seattle. He is also an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.
From 2010 to 2013, Judge Allred served as a Commissioner pro tempore in the Ex Parte and Probate Department. From January to May 2014, he served as a full-time Commissioner.
At Abilene Christian University, Judge Allred earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Public Service. He earned his law degree from the University of Texas.
Judge Allred is thrilled to work with the wonderful folks of the Superior Court and the Department of Judicial Administration. In particular, he is thankful for the help of his great bailiff, Nhu Dinh, a former Family Law Facilitator.
Judge Samuel Chung – Judge Chung was appointed to the King County Superior Court bench on May 21, 2014, by Governor Inslee. Judge Chung assumed the position previously occupied by Judge Yu, who was appointed to the Washington Supreme Court.
Judge Chung served in private practice, with a focus on commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, from 1989 until his appointment to the Superior Court bench. He also served as a Pro Tem Judge in King County District Court.
Judge Chung earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Columbia University and his law degree from George Washington University. Originally from Korea, Judge Chung has numerous ties with the Korean-American community. He has served on the boards of the Korean Community Service Center and the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority. He also was the Founding President of the Korean American Bar Association of Washington.
(Article courtesy of the Superior Court – Department of Judicial Administration Newsletter, August 2014)