- Courtroom Number: 4A
- Bailiff: Christine Robinson
- Department: 20
Judge Amini was appointed to the King County Superior Court bench on May 2, 2013,
by Governor Jay Inslee. She assumed the position previously occupied by Judge
Michael Heavey, who retired from the bench in January of that year.
Judge Amini was born in Iran and developed a love for the American legal system early
in life. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Judge Amini began her
legal career as a public defender for Associated Counsel for the Accused in south King
County. Four years later, in 1994, she opened her own law practice in downtown
Bellevue, focusing first on criminal defense but later expanding into family and
immigration law. She represented clients from more than 50 countries in matters ranging
from complex dissolution and custody disputes to asylum and Violence Against Women
Act petitions. In 1994, Judge Amini also began serving as a Pro Tem Judge in King
In addition to her legal career, Judge Amini has served as a Hearing Officer for the
Washington State Bar Association and as a trustee of the King County Bar Association.
She also has served as a trustee of the Overlake Hospital Foundation, as a Human
Services Commissioner for the city of Bellevue, and as a Rotarian. In 2010, she was
honored by Northwest Asian Magazine as a Woman of Color Empowered.
Judge Amini is the first judge of Middle Eastern descent in Washington State history.