Superior Court Judge Cassandra Lopez-Shaw passes away

EVERETT, Wash., March 3, 2022 – Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Cassandra Lopez-Shaw passed away Thursday morning, March 3, from an undisclosed cause.

Cassandra Lopez-Shaw
Judge Cassandra Lopez-Shaw with her husband on the campaign trail.

Cassandra Lopez-Shaw was first elected by the people of Snohomish County in 2020. She made history by being the very first Latina judge in Snohomish County.

Before her role in the Snohomish County Superior Court, Lopez-Shaw had 17 years of legal experience in criminal, civil, and family law. In her private practice, Cassandra traveled across the state of Washington, representing clients in 15 different counties, and trying over 200 criminal trials.

Lopez-Shaw immigrated to the United States at just eight years old and grew up outside of Los Angeles. She married Michael, the “boy next door,” of whom she shared two children. The couple moved to Washington after the 1992 Rodney King Riots burned down their neighborhood. She attended the University of Washington before getting her law degree from Loyola Law School in Chicago.

Shortly after graduating, Cassandra’s husband was deployed to Iraq, serving as a US Marine, leaving her with the difficult task of raising their children single-handedly.

Cassandra served as a dedicated public defender before her successful career in private practice. She was known as an energetic, creative, and compassionate lawyer and community leader, and widely respected by lawyers and judges.

Cassandra Lopez-Shaw is survived by her husband and two children, both who graduated from the United States Naval Academy.

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Kienan Briscoe

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3 thoughts on “Superior Court Judge Cassandra Lopez-Shaw passes away

  • March 5, 2022 at 10:08 AM

    Honerable? Honorable! Spelling!

  • March 4, 2022 at 8:24 AM

    So sorry to hear this sad news. I have a question though…She is preceded? Her husband and children passed away before her? Or she is survived by they are living?

    • March 4, 2022 at 11:58 AM

      Thank you for pointing this out Ksanders, this was a mistake that has since been corrected. She is “survived” by. Thanks again for the correction notice and I apologize for the mistake.


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