Hon. Roseanne N. Buckner (Ret)

Of Counsel


Judge Buckner is a retired Pierce County Superior Court Judge with 32 years’ experience on the bench. Judge Buckner has presided over numerous complex civil trials; including personal injury, medical malpractice, contract disputes, condemnation cases as well as many others. Judge Buckner has completed the National Judicial College Civil Mediation course. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Civil Trial Advocacy and Lawyering Skills, at the University of Puget Sound Law School from 1978 to 1990. Before her election to the bench in 1985, Judge Buckner was a Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner for four years and, prior to that, an attorney in private practice beginning in 1976.


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Superior Court Judges Association, President, 1995 to 1996
  • Superior Court Judges Association, Treasurer, 1989 to 1990
  • Superior Court Judges Association, Chair of the Family and Juvenile Law Committee, 1986 to 1989
  • Superior Court Judges Association, Chair of the Judicial Education Committee
  • Washington State Judges Foundation, President, 1997 to Present
  • National Conference of State Trial Judges of the ABA, Chair of the Bioethics Committee, 1990 to Present
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Women Judges’ Fund for Justice, President, 1990 to 1992
  • National Association of Women Judges, District 13 Director, 1986 to 1988
  • Pierce County Law Library, Trustee and Chair, 1987 to 2012
  • American Inns of Court XXV, Bencher, 1990 to Present
  • Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club, President, 1996 to Present
  • Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club, Member, 1992 to Present
  • Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, Board of Director
  • City Club of Tacoma
  • Phi Beta Kappa



  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
  • J.D. – 1975
  • Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences
  • B.A. – 1972
  • Honors: cum laude



  • Women Making History Award by Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers and Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Twenty Year Judicial Service Award by WSTLA
  • WSBA Family Law Section outstanding Judge
  • American Business Women’s Association Women of the Year
  • TPCBA Liberty Bell Award
  • Judge of the Year by WSTLA
  • Time Magazine Newsmaker of Tomorrow Award
  • YWCA Professional Woman of the Year
  • Young Career Woman Tacoma Business and Professional Women



  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Civil Trial Advocacy and Lawyering Skills, University of Puget Sound Law School, 1978 to 1990


Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Civil Litigation consultant


Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989