Linda Portnoy

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090


B.A., Northwestern University, 1975
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978
J.D., University of Washington, 1983


Judge Linda Portnoy has served as the presiding judge of Lake Forest Park Municipal Court since 1998. Prior to her appointment, she worked as a public defender for The Defender Association in Seattle and a pro tem judge in several municipal and district courts in King County. Judge Portnoy is the co-author of LexisNexis Practice Guide: Washington Criminal Law and the author of the Lexis publication Washington Criminal Practice in Courts of Limited Jurisdiction. She is the author and editor of the Washington judicial benchbook, Driving Under the Influence (DUI). She serves as faculty for the State Judicial College, teaching classes in impaired driving, meditation and stress reduction for judges. Judge Portnoy served on the Board of the Washington State Code Reviser’s Office from 1997 to 2005. She also served as a member of the State Pattern Forms Committee for courts of limited jurisdiction from 1999 to 2008. Judge Portnoy is actively involved in working with the Youth Court she founded at Shorecrest High School in 2001. In 2015, she received the adjunct faculty of year award from Seattle University School of Law.