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I was fortunate to be adopted into an amazing family in Los Angeles in the 1970s.  I was joined that year by my parents’ biological son. After moving to Bothell, Washington my parents had my youngest brother, and our family was rounded out with the adoption of my sister from Korea in the 80s. We do not look like the traditional family, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My parents raised their family instilling values of hard work, respect, and giving back to the community. Sundays and Wednesdays were spent at our catholic church listening to sermons from our Irish priest. Friday nights were spent in the Dojo where I earned a second degree blackbelt in Shito Ryu, and a first degree blackbelt in Goshindo. I am fortunate for my family upbringing where we were always loved and supported by my parents.

Growing up I knew early on that law school was in my future. I would watch black-and-white episodes of Perry Mason with my grandmother in her kitchen. I loved the passion he had when he spoke in front of a jury. Knowing I wanted to go to law school, and looking for a Jesuit education, I was accepted to Gonzaga University in the fall of 1994. That year I met my husband at the job I was working part time to pay for school. I graduated three short years later and married my husband at St. Aloysius Church, officiated by Father Tony. I attended Gonzaga Law School graduating in 2001.

While I passed the bar that fall, my career was put on hold while my husband battled cancer. We had 10 years together as a couple before he lost his battle. Since then, I have dedicated myself to the field of justice by passionately serving the communities across Washington.

In 2019, I began a group called “Ladies in the Law” as an avenue for all women involved in this profession: clerks, interns, paralegals, judges, commissioners, and judicial assistants. We collaborate, learn, and socialize about all things legal. This group has grown to over 100 women, many who donate their time and resources to the community through our service projects.

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Deanna's Family in 1984


  • 2022 Judicial College Graduate, Washington State

  • 2009 Trial Lawyers College Graduate

  • 2001 Gonzaga Law School, Juris Doctorate

  • 1997 Gonzaga University, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2022 YMCA Mock Trial Competition, Judge

  • 2022 Gonzaga Law School Oral Advocacy, Judge

  • 2021 Gonzaga Law School Client Counseling Competition, Judge

  • 2021 Truth Ministries House, Meal Prep and Service Volunteer

  • 2021 Ladies in the Law Partnered with Heal Spokane, Personal Care Products Drive

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Deanna's Gonzaga Law School Graduation


  • February 2022-Present, Pro Tem Judge Kalispel Tribal Court

  • May 2021-Present, Commissioner for Airway Heights Municipal Court

  • January 2020-2021, Airway Heights Pro Tem Judge

  • July 2019-Present, Pro Tem Judge Spokane County District Court


  • March 2022-Present, Ritzville City Prosecutor

  • April 2009- Present, Owner Action Legal Group

  • 2013-2015 Public Defense Attorney, Lincoln County District Court

  • 2010-2015 Public Defense Attorney, Lincoln County Superior Court

  • 2007-2008 Senior Associate Attorney, Lutgen Legal Group, PLLC

  • 2006-2007 Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Spokane County

  • 2006 Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, City of Spokane


  • Present, Spokane County Bar Association, member

  • 2019-Present, Ladies in the Law, Founder

  • 2008-Present, Trial Lawyers College, member

  • 1997-2007 Washington Women’s Lawyers, member Spokane Chapter (Secretary 2006)

  • 2000-2001 Gonzaga Law School, Student Body Association Secretary


  • November 23, 2021, Spokane County Bar Association, Criminal Law: Updates and Trending Issues, Sentencing Alternatives for Criminal Charges.

  • May 7, 2021, 2-hour Seminar on Trial Basics

  • October 4, 2019, Washington State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Institute, Sentencing Alternatives for Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor, and Felony cases.

  • November 8, 2018, Spokane County Bar Association Criminal Potpourri, Case Law Updates of 2018.

  • November 30, 2017, Spokane County Bar Association Criminal Potpourri, Tow Hearings and Department of Licensing Administrative Actions.

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Deanna competing in a tournament

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