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Brian L. Stiles, Judge
Department 1

Brian L. Stiles was appointed judge on July 1, 2015. He was previously in the private practice of law from 1981 and served as Sedro-Woolley’s municipal court judge from 1996. Brian graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1974, Pacific Lutheran University in 1978, and the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1981.

Laura M. Riquelme, Judge
Department 2

Judge Riquelme was appointed to the Skagit County Superior Court in March, 2016 and in July, 2017 and elected November 2018.  Prior to her judicial service, she was a senior deputy public defender with the Skagit County Public Defender.  She began her legal career as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney.  Judge Riquelme is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Syracuse University’s College of Law.

David A. Svaren, Judge
Department 3

Judge David A. Svaren was elected to serve as Skagit County Superior Court Judge in November, 2016. Prior to his election Judge Svaren served as Skagit County District Court Judge for 17 years as well as presiding over Municipal Court duties in Anacortes, Burlington and Mount Vernon. Judge Svaren is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Willamette University College of Law.

Dave Needy, Judge
Department 4

Dave Needy was appointed as the 4th Skagit County Superior Court Judge on January 20, 2006. Prior to that time, Judge Needy was the Court Commissioner since January of 1997.

Dave was the elected Prosecuting Attorney of Skagit County from 1993 until his appointment to the bench. He was a deputy prosecutor for twelve years in Benton and Skagit Counties.

Dave received his BA from the University of Washington and his J.D. from Willamette University.

James. B. Dolan

Commissioner James B. Dolan was appointed as Skagit County Superior Court Commissioner in 2018.  He presides at hearings for individuals who have been detained pursuant to the Involuntary Treatment Act.  Prior to his appointment, he worked as a Skagit County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for five years before entering private practice as an elder law attorney in 2004.

Jim received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1981 and his JD from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 1998.

Heather Shand

Commissioner Heather Shand was appointed as Court Commissioner for Skagit County in 2019. She previously served as Pro-Tem Judge for District Court and Pro-Tem Commissioner for Superior Court. She also has experience in family law, including adoptions, guardianships, probates, business, taxation and estate planning.