Timothy Bradshaw

1015 Second Avenue, Floor 10
Seattle, WA 98104-1001
Telephone: (206) 625-8600
Direct Line: (206) 501-3520
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Email: tbradshaw@corrcronin.com

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. In addition to his trial advocacy, Tim is frequently sought out by firms, including DWT and PWRFL, as a consulting and testifying expert. Most recently, Tim was invited and served on the King County Superior Court COVID Working Group on Jury Trials. This group was critical in ensuring Superior Court could continue doing business during the pandemic.

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.

Featured Cases

Featured Cases

Judicial – Presided over:

Multiple Personal Injury/wrongful death jury trials.

Multiple Product Liability/Asbestos jury trials.

Seattle Head Tax Repeal (2019) – Open Meetings Act.

Seattle Times  – Judge orders political consultant, city of Seattle to disclose polling results, other records related to council’s abrupt head-tax repeal

Seattle Times – Lawsuit against Seattle over head-tax meetings moves forward, but repeal vote stands

WA v. Comcast (2019) – The largest CPA lawsuit in state history.

GeekWire – Washington state has a $171M bill for Comcast as major consumer protection trial concludes

GeekWire – Comcast heads to trial with Washington state over consumer protection dispute

USA Today – Washington expands lawsuit against Comcast, alleges illegal conduct

Q13 Fox – Washington expands $100 million lawsuit against Comcast over alleged deceptive practices

Wired – Comcast Is Facing a $100 Million Lawsuit Over Its Service Plan

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.

Seattle Times – Susan Hutchinson wants all records in KIRO-TV discrimination lawsuit kept secret

Seattle Times – Hutchison to fight unsealing of bias-suit records

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.

Seattle PI– Suspect named in 1968 killing

Seattle PI – Killer gets life for 1968 slaying

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.

Seattle PI – Depression, madness led to killings, defense says

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.

Seattle PI – Resentment drove suspect to gun down ex-bosses, prosecutor says

HeraldNet – Man convicted in 1999 Seattle shipyard killings

LA Times –  Ex-Worker Arrested in Shipyard Killings

CBS News – Suspect In Shipyard Slayings

Seattle Times – That’s the fellow, shipyard customer says of defendant in murder trial 

Seattle PI – Trial begins in shipyard slaying

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.

Seattle Times – Suspect Arrested In Arson Spree – Lynwood-Area Man Linked To 40 Fires

Kitsap Sun – Keller sentenced to 99 years for fire deaths

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.

Seattle Times – Two Men Guilty In South Park Slayings — Dog’s DNA Was Critical Evidence In Complex Trial, Prosecutor Says

Los Angeles Times– Dog’s DNA Helps Convict 2 of Murders

CBS News– Doggy DNA Hounds Murderers

Seattle Times – Dogs DNA may be key in murder trial 

Seattle Times – 2 life terms in Southpark murders

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.

Seattle PI – Hearing final pleas of slain deputy tears at family, jurors as trial opens

Seattle PI – Courtroom packed for Matthews plea  

Seattle PI – Jury rejects insanity defense, convicts Herzog’s killer of aggravated murder


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.

Rolling Stone – Mia Zapata: Punk Musician Murdered in 1993, Changing Seattle Grunge Scene

48 Hours/CBS News – Who murdered the rock star? 

Seattle PI – 11 years later justice for slain singer Zapata

Seattle Times – DNA leads to arrest in ’93 death of local singer

Seattle PI – Zapata murder trial begins

Seattle PI – A healing note for Zapata’s loved ones

Portland Independent Media Center – Guilty verdict in Zapata murder trial

New York Times – Man Convicted In Singer’s Killing

The Stranger – Guilty, Mia Zapata’s killer convicted

Seattle PI – Slain singer Zapata inspires filmmaker

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.

Seattle Times – DNA points to new suspect in unresolved 1990 murder

State v. Saintcalle – Domestic violence aggravated murder jury trial involving a Boeing executive who murdered his wife and twelve year old daughter.

Seattle PI – Defense blames slaying on brain damage

Seattle Times – Man charged in murder of ex-girlfriend, injured 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.

Seattle Times – Hot cold-case work from Seattle Police

New York Times – Defense Lawyers Fight DNA Samples Gained on Sly

Seattle PI – DNA links New Mexico man to 20 year old homicide, police say

Seattle Times – Ruling to help cold cases

Snohomish-King County Arson Task Force Member

Seattle Times – Excellent Arson Work

Washington Post – Seattle set example for serial arson probe

Presentations and Publications

Consulted for and appeared in the documentary film “The Gits,” 2008

Consulted for the published book “Cold Case Homicides,” 2006

Mental Defenses: Insanity & Diminished Capacity, King County Prosecuting Attorney, 2005

Most Dangerous Offender Project Training, King County Prosecuting Attorney, 2005

Seattle Shipyard Murders: From Ploughshare to Sword, Violent Crime Investigators Regional Training Conference, 2004

Moderator, “Coping With Mental Defenses—Dr. Dietz,” WA Association Prosecuting Attorneys, 2004

Lecturer, University of Washington, Psychology and the Law, 2002

Participant, National Conference on Science and the Law, 1999

Trial Experiences & Observations, Executive Women International, 1998

Participant, “A Decade of PCR”, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, 1997

Cross Examination, WA Association Prosecuting Attorneys, 1997

Forensic DNA, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1995

Voir Dire Facilitator, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1995

Battered Persons Murder Syndrome, WA Association Prosecuting Attorney, 1994

DNA in the Courtroom, Coleman & Swensen, 1994, Consultant

DNA in the Courtroom, Seattle Forensic Institute, 1994

Education / Background

B.A., University of Puget Sound

J.D., Seattle University School of Law

Professional Associations

King County Bar Association

Member, KCBA Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee (JCEC)

Washington State Bar Association

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Washington Superior Court Judges Association (fmr)

American Judges Association (fmr)

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Seattle, WA 98104-1001

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