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Posted on: February 25, 2022

New Judge Appointed to Superior Court

Pierce County Superior Court is pleased to announce that Angelica Williams has been appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to fill the vacancy created with the retirement of Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck.  

Judge Williams will take over Department 20 on April 1, 2022. Judge Williams has made Washington State her home since coming here for law school in 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and then earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law in 2005. Since graduating from law school, Judge Williams has worked as a criminal trial attorney. She first moved to Eastern Washington to work for the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. In 2007, Judge Williams returned to the Puget Sound to work for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She spent over a decade in the Special Assault Unit, handling felony sexual and physical assault cases against children and adults. She served as the Special Assault Unit’s team chief for three years. Due to the work she did for child victims of sexual assault, she was one of two attorneys asked to serve on the Children’s Justice Task Force for Washington state. In May 2019, Judge Williams became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington. As a federal prosecutor, Judge Williams worked in the General Crimes Unit followed by the Terrorism/Violent Crime Unit. Her public swearing-in ceremony will be held at a later date.  

In appointing Judge Williams as a Superior Court Judge, Governor Jay Inslee had this to say.

 “Angelica is an incredibly talented practitioner. Those who have worked with her or observed her rave about her lawyering skills and work ethic,” said Inslee. “I am confident that the Pierce County community will be thrilled to have her on the bench.”

Please join us in congratulating Judge Williams on her appointment to the Pierce County Superior Court bench.

 About Pierce County Superior Court: 

Pierce County Superior Court is the second largest Superior Court in the State of Washington and is proud to serve the citizens and visitors of Pierce County.  The Court is staffed with 23 Judges and 10 Commissioners.   There are three sites where court is held; the County-City Building at 930 Tacoma Ave S., Tacoma, Remann Hall Juvenile Court at 5501 6th Ave., Tacoma, and Western State Hospital currently located near the County City Building campus.  For more information, please visit our website at   

 Media Contact:

Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator

[email protected]


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