Prosecutor Sorensen to join Pierce County bench Thursday

An attorney who has spent more than two decades working in the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will be sworn in this week as a Pierce County Superior Court Judge.

Phil Sorensen was appointed to the bench last month by Gov. Jay Inslee after Judge Linda Lee was appointed to the Washington State Court of Appeals. Sorensen spent the past 24 years with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, most recently as chief criminal deputy. He began his tenure in the family support division and has served with multiple units, including the drug and robbery/assault sections.

Sorensen earned undergraduate and law degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound, respectively. He and his family live in Lakewood.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held on Thurs., April 3, at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 100 of the County-City Building, located at 930 Tacoma Ave. S. The ceremony is open to the public. A reception will follow.