Judge Nelson E. Hunt recently retired from the Lewis County Superior Court after 38 years of remarkable service to his state, community and the justice system. His distinguished career began as a deputy prosecuting attorney where he tried all manner of criminal offenses for over a decade. Nelson was then elected Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney and held this office through an uncontested re-election campaign. During his years as the Lewis County elected prosecutor, Nelson was active in the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and served as chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee.
Nelson then entered private practice with the law firm of Mano, McKerricher, Paroutaud, & Hunt. For several years he focused his practice on criminal defense casework and appeared before appellate courts approximately 100 times. In 2004, Nelson re-entered public service and was easily elected Superior Court Judge for Lewis County, Washington. He served three terms of office before retiring in 2017. During his career, Judge Hunt has either tried or presided over 700 jury trials, most of which were criminal cases. His caseload ranged from misdemeanors to Aggravated First Degree Murder.
Judge Hunt graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor’s degree in 1971 and from Willamette University Law School in 1978. He also attended the National Judicial Academy and is a Washington State Drug Court “Judge of the Year” recipient. Finally, Judge Hunt is honored to be the first recipient of the Lewis County DUI Traffic Safety Task Force “Lifetime Attachment Award”.
Nelson is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and an inactive member of the Washington State Bar Association. He resides in Olympia, Washington and remains a popular speaker and lecturer on the justice system and criminal law. Judge Hunt is available for casework anywhere in the United States.