Honorable Adam Eisenberg

Judge Adam Eisenberg

Elected Term of Office: Jan. 2019 - Jan. 2023

Judge Adam Eisenberg is the current Presiding Judge and was appointed to the Seattle Municipal Court bench in January 2017 after serving as Magistrate (2011-2016) and Court Commissioner (2004-2011). A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Judge Eisenberg has enjoyed a varied career that includes work as a criminal prosecutor, civil trial attorney, and Los Angeles-based freelance journalist. He is an alumnus of Leadership Tomorrow, and has served on the boards of the Q-Law Bar Association and the District and Municipal Court Judges' Association. Off the bench, Judge Eisenberg teaches art & cultural property law for the University of Washington Museum Studies Graduate Program, practices aikido, and is the author of the nonfiction book, A Different Shade of Blue: How Women Changed the Face of Police Work.


  1. Be on time for court.
  2. Recesses will ordinarily occur between 10:30 and 10:45 and 2:45 and 3:00.
  3. No food, beverages (except water) or chewing gum is allowed in the courtroom.
  4. Witnesses, counsel and parties should be referred to and addressed by their surnames.
  5. Counsel should rise when making objections or addressing the court.  
  6. Counsel should not approach opposing counsel, the bench or a witness without leave of the court.  
  7. Counsel should refrain from making disparaging remarks toward other counsel or parties.  
  8. Counsel and parties are to refrain from making gestures, facial expressions or audible comments as manifestations of approval or disapproval of testimony or argument.  
  9. Have all exhibits marked with the Clerk before the motion or trial begins.  
  10. Examination of a witness should be limited to questions addressed to the witness. Counsel are to refrain from making extraneous statements, comments or remarks during examination.  
  11. Limit sidebars to only unavoidable circumstances.  
  12. Counsel should refrain from putting any matter before the jury in the form of a question which counsel knows or expects will be subject to an objection that is likely to be sustained. Such matters should be taken up with the court outside the presence of the jury.  
  13. Counsel should not make motions (e.g., motion for a mistrial) in the presence of the jury. Such matters may be raised at the first recess or at sidebar.  
  14. When making an objection, counsel shall state only the legal basis of the objection (e.g., "leading," or "hearsay') and should not elaborate, argue or refer to other evidence unless asked to do so by the court.