Superior Court Department 18

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  • Judge

    : Honorable Stanley J. Rumbaugh
  • Elected / Appointed

    : January 14, 2013


  • Wittenberg University BA 1975
  • University of London, study abroad 1973-1974
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law JD 1978

Career Highlights

  • Founding Partner, Rumbaugh, Rideout, et al, 1979-2013
  • Tried hundreds of cases, jury and non jury
  • Counsel or firm counsel on cases involving health care benefits for injured workers, Cockle v. Department of Labor and Industries
  • Defining the law of intimate domestic relationships, Fowler v. Ho
  • Defining the law on default judgement set-asides and judgement interest rates on uninsured motorist claims, Little v. King (1) and (2)
  • Defining the rights of temporary and undocumented workers related to on the job injury, Morales Cruz v. Pacific Coast Containers

Professional Affiliations, Committees

  • Chair or member of several standing committees of Pierce County Superior Court.
  • Chair of Pierce County Superior Court Pre Trial Services Committee 2019 – present.
  • Honorable Robert J. Bryan Chapter of American Inns of Court 2015 – 2018
  • Superior Court Judges Association Criminal Law Committee, 2013-Present
  • Washington State Sentencing Guideline Commission, 2014-Present
  • Criminal Presiding Judge, 2016
  • Board of Governors, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 9 years
  • Washington State Law and Politics Super Lawyer, 4 different years

Civic Involvement

  • Tacoma Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, 25 years
  • Palmer Scholars, 2015-Present
  • Board of Trustees, Bates Technical College, 9 years
  • Board of Directors, Centro Latino Ser, 5 years
  • Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, 5 years
  • Governor's task force on long term disability
  • City of Tacoma Human Services Strategic Planning Group
  • World Trade Council - Tacoma, 7 years
  • PBS television program "South Sound View", moderator, 5 years
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