Judge Timothy Bradshaw
Tim Bradshaw is a partner at the firm. Tim joins Corr Cronin LLP as a former Judge on the King County Superior Court Bench, from 2009 – 2019. Tim brings a wealth of experience and insight in civil litigation and criminal trials, having presided over thousands of cases as a trial court judge.
Before his decade on the bench, Tim was a noted trial attorney in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, a tenure that included litigating one-hundred twenty-five jury trials to verdict. A founding member of the homicide and cold case units, he pioneered multiple forensic efforts that garnered international interest, including the first DNA (both human and animal) case in county history and the first canine DNA case in the nation’s history. Tim prosecuted the murders of musician Mia Zapata, Sheriff’s Deputy Herzog, the Northlake Shipyard murders, and the nation’s most prolific serial arsonist. In recognition of these achievements, Tim was awarded the Norm Maleng Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award.
While on the bench, Tim served on the Superior Court Jury, Security, Court’s & Community, and Personnel Committees and was a multi-year volunteer judge to the YMCA Moot Court competition; an invited Judge for the University of Washington Law School mock jury trial; faculty member teaching Evidence at the Judicial College, 2017 and 2018; and Co-Presenter on Hearsay Evidence to King County Superior Court Judges, 2019. Tim’s speaking engagements include the Civil Court Judicial Forum, Superior Court Boot Camp, Family Law Forum, Trial Strategies From The Experts, and as a guest speaker to the ABOTA annual meeting.
Judicial – Presided over:
Multiple Personal Injury/wrongful death jury trials.
Multiple Product Liability/Asbestos jury trials.
Seattle Head Tax Repeal (2019) – Open Meetings Act.
WA v. Comcast (2019) – The largest CPA lawsuit in state history.
UW Trademark litigation (2015) – Involving DNA nanotechnology techniques.
Ramirez v. Precision Drywall (2010) – Over $1 million in Class Action back wages.
Robertson v. Port Blakely Co. (2010) – Securities fraud involving a high stakes intra-family securities/shareholder dispute.
Maple Leaf v. Seattle (2009) – Land Use Petition contested.
Seattle Times v. Susan Hutchinson (2009) – Opening sealed files.
Tamas v. DSHS (2009) – Record-setting PRA case.
As a homicide prosecuting attorney, Tim Bradshaw tried over 125 jury trials. Below is a highlight of just a few featured criminal trials with successful verdicts:
State v. Canaday – First degree murder prosecution of the State’s first known serial killer. A measure of justice and vindication was obtained for the 16 year-old, pregnant victim’s husband who was himself a suspect for years.
State v. Victor Cannon – Serial rape case turning on unprecedented forensic evidence. This was the first DNA case in King County history.
State v. Cross – Aggravated murder prosecution of Dayva Cross who stabbed his wife and her daughters to death.
State v. Cruz – Prosecuted a disgruntled former shipyard employee for the November 1999 “Seattle Shipyard Shooting” that left two men dead and two men injured. Five month, two-phase aggravated murder trial required presentation of complex scientific and psychological expert testimony.
State v. Keller – Tri-County Prosecution of Paul Keller, the most prolific serial arsonist in U.S. history. Prosecuted for 26 King County arsons, Mr. Keller was responsible for the deaths of three women who were killed in their Seattle retirement home and caused over $25 million in damages.
State v. Leuluaialii – Aggravated murder and animal cruelty prosecution of co-defendants for the slaying of an innocent couple, and their dog, in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. The case involved complex legal issues, co-defendant gang witnesses, and circumstantial evidence. Judge Richard Jones presided.
State v. Mathews – Aggravated murder prosecution of Ronald Matthews for shooting Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Herzog with Herzog’s own gun. Complex psychiatric testimony and evidence of premeditation.
State v. Mezquia – Prosecution of a man who murdered local singer Mia Zapata in 1993. Case charged and successfully prosecuted ten years after the murder solely on the basis of DNA evidence. The three-week trial was the subject of significant media coverage, including one-hour segments on Court TV, City Confidential, CBS News, 48 Hours, and The Rolling Stones Magazine.
State v. Nash – Complex prosecution of two brothers who raped and killed a woman they had abducted outside the Tacoma Dome. Judge Marsha Pechman presided.
State v. Rollins – Cold case prosecution of Trenino Rollins for the strangulation of Betty Minnis. The daughter of the victim, then a toddler, provided testimony fifteen years later. This case involved challenging eyewitness testimony and forensics. Significantly, a innocent man who was originally accused of the murder was provided with a measure of vindication.
State v. Saintcalle – Domestic violence aggravated murder jury trial involving a Boeing executive who murdered his wife and twelve year old daughter.
Investigation of Metro bus driver Mark McLaughlin/Sylas Cool Aurora Bridge homicide.
Cold Case Team – An original member of the Seattle Cold Case Team, investigated previously unsolved murders and forgotten victims—Mia Zapata, Virginia Taylor, Kristin Sumstad, Betty Minnis, and Sandra Bowman. Employing state-of-the-art forensics, successfully prosecuted these cases in King County Superior Court.
Snohomish-King County Arson Task Force Member