Governor Jay Inslee Appoints Commissioner Julie McKay to Superior Court Bench

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Julie M. McKay to the Spokane County Superior Court. McKay is currently a Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner and has served in that role since 2014.


“Julie has extensive experience working in and around Spokane County. She knows this community well and will be an outstanding addition to the bench,” Inslee said. “She has a reputation for excellence and hard work and I am proud to appoint her to this role.”


McKay was rated at “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the Spokane County Bar Association during the evaluation process.


Prior to her work as a County Superior Court Commissioner, McKay led a general civil and family law practice in Spokane. McKay has also served as a municipal prosecutor and a criminal defense lawyer in the area. She graduated with her bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University and earned her law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law.


McKay will replace retiring Judge Kathleen O'Connor, currently the state's longest serving judicial officer. O'Connor has honorably served the people of Spokane County since 1979.


“Kathleen O'Connor has served an impressive term and has a tremendous record,” Inslee said. “Her expertise and standing in the community have been appreciated by many. I wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement.”


McKay's appointment is effective beginning in February 2016.



SCBA Board of Trustees Welcomes

David P. Garnder

The Spokane County Bar Association Board of Trustees welcomes David P. Gardner to the Board to complete Lynn M. Mounsey’s term on the Board.

David Gardner is a principal at the law firm of Winston & Cashatt, P.S. He provides representation for debtors, creditors, trustees, and receivers in all aspects of Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 bankruptcies and state court insolvency proceedings. Mr. Gardner litigates civil matters in state and federal courts in Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

Mr. Gardner also prosecutes and defends appeals in state and federal courts. David received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University in 2002 and graduated, cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2007. He joined Winston & Cashatt, P.S. in August of 2007 and became a principal in 2012. He is admitted to Practice in Washington, Idaho and Montana and in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana and U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. He is a member of
the Washington, Idaho & Montana State Bar Associations, the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of WA and the American Bankruptcy Institute.