Judge Lisa L. Sutton was appointed in November 2010 to the Thurston County Superior Court Bench as the county's 29th Superior Court Judge.  She was re-elected in 2011 and 2012.  She has served as a Criminal Presiding judge, Civil Trial judge, and now serves as a Family & Juvenile Court judge.  In 2011, she graduated from the Washington Judicial College and the National Judicial College with distinction and has continued taking judicial education courses.  Prior to joining the bench, Judge Sutton served as Senior Counsel and Assistant Attorney General for over 24 years in the Attorney Generalís Office under Attorneys General Rob McKenna, Christine O. Gregoire and Ken Eikenberry.  As a senior trial attorney and supervisor in the Torts Division, she represented the state in federal and state courts at all levels in a variety of civil cases involving tort, contract, pension and health care benefits, education, civil rights, employment, and complex and class action litigation.

Judge Sutton is the judicial liaison for the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services Clinic and also served on a statewide committee to improve access to justice.  She serves on community boards, including South Sound YMCA Briggs Branch and Olympia Youth Chorus, volunteers for the Capitol City Marathon, the YMCA Youth & Government Annual Mock Trial Competition, Law Day, and speaks to students about the role of the judiciary.