Samuel S. Chung
King County Superior Court
Occupation: King County Superior Court Judge
Education: BA, Columbia University, 1985; JD, George Washington University Law School, 1989 (Received full tuition scholarship);
Personal: Judge Chung and his wife, Sun, have been married for 24 years and have a son.
Legal Experience: Prior to serving on the bench, had 25 years experience handling commercial litigation and other complex civil matters in both state and federal courts. Prior law firm experiences include Lane Powell, Short Cressman & Burgess and Lee Anav Chung. Was named the first minority partner at a large Seattle law firm.
Community Service: Represented many clients who could not afford legal services, many of whom were immigrants from Asia. In 1992, established the first pro bono legal clinic for Korean Americans in the Seattle area. Was the founding president of the Korean American Bar Association. Served on the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Agency, serving as its board president in 2003. Board member and president of the Korean Community Service Center for many years. Served as Regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Statement: Judge Samuel Chung was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as a King County Superior Court Judge in May, 2014. He has presided over criminal, civil and family law matters, and currently serves on the court’s interpreter and self-represented litigants committees.
It has been Judge Chung’s deepest honor and privilege to serve the people of King County and the State of Washington as a judge. He takes very seriously his responsibility to make sure that justice is served and that all people and parties are treated equally, fairly and with dignity. Judge Chung works hard to make sure that the people who appear before him leave with faith in our courts and in our system of justice.