SEATTLE, September 24, 2007 – Garvey Schubert Barer announced today that Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Bruce E. Heller of the firm's Seattle office to the King County Superior Court. Mr. Heller will fill the newly created 52nd judge position, which will be effective October 1.
"I am overjoyed – and saddened – to announce that Governor Gregoire has had the good sense to appoint our very own Bruce Heller to the King County Superior Court bench. Bruce is incredibly deserving of this honor and Governor Gregoire could not have made a better choice. Our loss is King County's gain," said Anne Preston, managing director of the firm's Seattle office.
Mr. Heller is not the first Garvey Schubert Barer attorney to be appointed to serve on the bench. He joins Washington State Court of Appeals Judge J. Dean Morgan (retired), Washington State Supreme Court Judge Bobbe Bridge, and King County Superior Court Judge Sharon Armstrong.
Mr. Heller's practice focuses on labor and employment law. In addition to his litigation practice, he negotiates collective bargaining agreements, conducts workplace investigations and advises clients on a wide variety of legal compliance issues. In his long career, Heller has represented employers, employees and labor unions. He also has been a public defender and tried numerous criminal cases. As an appellate lawyer, Heller has appeared before the Washington Supreme Court, the Washington Court of Appeals, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Alaska Supreme Court. He also is an arbitrator for the King County Superior Court and has served as a mediator in civil cases.