Judge Sean P. O'Donnell
c/o King County Superior Court
516 3rd Ave, Room C-203
Seattle, WA 98104
Courtroom Number: W-817
Bailiff: Ann Brockenbrough
- Visit this webpage before contacting the court.
- Read the Superior Court Email Policy.
- Get instructions for Delivering Documents.
- Get instructions for Scheduling Civil Motions.
- Review these Trial Preparation guidelines.
- Please review the applicable State Court Rules and Local Court Rules before contacting the court.
Dispositive motions are heard on Fridays. Judge O’Donnell requests that you check with the opposing counsel/party before scheduling any hearing in order to make sure that the date is mutually agreeable. Doing so reduces the need to reschedule hearings due to conflicts.
Any request for a dispositive motion hearing must be emailed to the court and include the following:
Case number and name
Names, phone numbers and email addresses of all counsel/parties
Nature of hearing
The Court typically allots a total of one hour for dispositive motions. Additional time may be provided on hearings involving multiple parties or complex motions. Please advise the bailiff if additional time is being requested.
Note: Most motions do not require oral argument under the Civil or Local Rules. If a party would like to request oral argument, the motion should be noted pursuant to the applicable court rules, simply noting in the upper right hand corner of the working papers “Oral Argument Requested.” If, after reviewing all briefing, the Court determines oral argument is appropriate, the bailiff will contact the parties and set a mutually acceptable time for oral argument.
Civil Trial Exhibits
Please deliver two copies of the Joint Statement of Evidence along with two sets of trial exhibit notebooks to the Judges’ Mailroom, C-203, with Judge O’Donnell name clearly marked no later than five (5) court days before the scheduled trial date. The first (original) set of exhibits will be marked by the clerk and used at trial. The second set is a courtesy copy for Judge O’Donnell.
Exhibits should be submitted in three ring binders using numbered tabs to separate each exhibit. Notebooks should be large enough so that the exhibits are not overcrowded. Plaintiff’s or Petitioner’s trial exhibits shall begin with the Number 1 and shall be numbered consecutively up to the last proposed exhibit. Defendant’s or Respondent’s exhibits shall begin with the subsequent block of 100 numbers, e.g. 101, 201, etc. Do not mark directly on any exhibits as this will be done by the clerk.
Additional exhibits presented during trial will be marked and designated a number by the clerk. Please provide an original for the clerk and a courtesy copy for Judge O’Donnell. Once an exhibit has been marked by the clerk, it is officially in their custody. To withdraw an exhibit prior to the completion of trial, an attorney will need to make a motion on the record.
Depositions are not to be marked as an exhibit since they become part of the court file. Exhibits to the deposition may be marked as exhibits in evidence. Otherwise, all unattached exhibits in a deposition should be stapled or secured inside the back cover of the deposition.
Judge O’Donnell performs weddings Monday through Friday at 4:30, on weekends, and outside of court. Please email the bailiff for availability and fee information.