Patricia Fulton is currently a part-time Commissioner
in the Walla Walla County Superior Court

Patricia Fulton, a native of Walla Walla, can trace her family’s arrival in the county back to 1876. Her great-great grandfather, Noah Aubin, worked as a shoemaker from a small shop behind the family home on West Poplar, while his wife, Olive, and their daughters took in laundry for the soldiers at Fort Walla Walla. Her paternal great-great grandparents, Horatio and Charlotte Gibson, arrived in the area by wagon train sometime in the 1880’s. Patricia’s dad, Chuck Fulton, spent 29 years as Walla Walla’s Chief of Police, and her mom, Jeanie, was a 4-H Program Coordinator with the WSU Extension Office. They both remain very active in the community.

Patricia graduated from Western Washington University and then from UW Law School. And for nearly 20 years, she was a highly respected and experienced trial lawyer in Seattle specializing in criminal defense. But in 2018, the nagging desire to return home resulted in a move back to Walla Walla where she opened her own law office, and her husband Rob joined the firm Minnick Hayner.

In 2021, Patricia was hired by the judges of our Superior Court to serve as a part-time Court Commissioner. She has fully embraced the challenges faced by rural courts and now serves as Chair of the Superior Court Judges Association Rural Courts Committee.

Patricia and her husband, Robert King, reside in Walla Walla with their two children – Kaitlyn King, now a freshman at UW’s School of Architecture, and Evan King, a sophomore at Walla Walla High School.

Mom & Dad — Chuck and Jeanie Fulton