Judge WickhamJudge Chris Wickham was first elected to Superior Court in 2004.  Immediately prior to his election, he had served for 13 years as the Family Court Commissioner for Thurston County Superior Court.  In 1999, the court became a Unified Family Court and so his assignment included family and juvenile law cases.  As Commissioner, Judge Wickham helped develop programs at Superior Court including the Unified Family Court, the Courthouse Facilitator program and Family Treatment Court.  He has been the chair of the 2003 and 2004 Domestic Violence Summits for Thurston County.

He is the past chair of the Certified Professional Guardian Board for the State of Washington and the past chair of the Superior Court Judges Association Probate and Guardianship Committee.  He is a long-time member of the Superior Court Judges Association Family and Juvenile Law Committee.  He is a co-chair of the Board of Judicial Administration, a state-wide group that coordinates policy for all courts in the State of Washington.  He is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Judge Wickham is currently one of four general jurisdiction trial judges in Thurston County Superior Court.

Judge Wickham had a general legal practice in Olympia.  He had previously worked as a labor law attorney in California and as a legal services attorney in Connecticut and Olympia.  Judge Wickham is admitted to practice law in California, Connecticut and Washington.  A native of New York State, he has resided in Thurston County, Washington, since 1977. 


Judge Wickham is a graduate of Cornell University and Hastings College of Law.  He serves on various law-related boards and committees and as  faculty for the Domestic Violence Institute, a joint project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Futures Without Violence.  He has done extensive training in the areas of family law and domestic violence.


In the greater Thurston County community, Judge Wickham has served on boards of many community groups, including Senior Services, the Dispute Resolution Center, the United Community Aids Network, Garden Raised Bounty, the Griffin Neighborhood Association and Capitol Land Trust.  He is a member of West Olympia Rotary.


Judge Wickham enjoys his family, sailing, cycling, running, reading and traveling.