Judge Bradley A. MaxaJudge Maxa was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Jay Inslee in 2013. Before his appointment, he practiced law for 28 years with the law firm Gordon Thomas Honeywell in Tacoma where he specialized in personal injury litigation, insurance coverage litigation and appellate practice. He also served as the Chair of Gordon Thomas Honeywell's Appellate Advocacy Group.
In private practice, Judge Maxa had extensive experience handling cases in the Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court. He was selected for membership in the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association. Judge Maxa also handled a significant number of civil jury trials. He served as President of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers in 2001-2002. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Washington State Courts. Judge Maxa was named a Washington "Super Lawyer" every year but one between 2001 and 2013. He was selected for the prestigious "Best Lawyers in America" designation for 2013 and 2014.
Judge Maxa graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1982. He received his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William & Mary in 1985, where he was selected for the Order of the Coif and served as an editor on the William & Mary Law Review.
Since 2009 Judge Maxa has served on the Board of Directors of the Emergency Food Network, an organization that each year provides millions of pounds of food (as well as fresh produce grown on EFN’s own farm) to food banks and food distribution sites throughout Pierce County. He is active in Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Puyallup, where he is an Elder, substitute preacher, Sunday school teacher and youth leader. Through his church Judge Maxa volunteers with the Puyallup Freezing Nights Program, which provides meals and overnight lodging to homeless adults in east Pierce County from November through March. He volunteered as a youth softball, baseball and basketball coach for 15 years.
Judge Maxa and his wife Becky live in Puyallup and have four children. Becky is a pediatric registered nurse, and works in the emergency department at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.
Judge Maxa’s goal as a judge is to be fair, balanced and open-minded, considering all issues and arguments on their merits. He strives to make clear decisions, and then clearly explain those decisions as a guide to lawyers and to the public.
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