Mill Creek attorney, Jack Follis, is running for the Snohomish County Superior Court position now held by retiring Judge Lary McKeeman. Follis, a 4.5 rated United States Tennis Association champion, held his campaign kickoff party at the Mill Creek Tennis Club on Wednesday, June 6th.
Mill Creek Tennis Club owner, Roger Mark, strongly endorses Follis, “Understand that this election is non-partisan and whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent Jack will bring fairness and leadership to this position.”
Follis believes that after 26 years as a lawyer it’s time for him to give back to the community by serving as a Superior Court Judge, “After 26 years I’ve worked my way up to be partner of my law firm and believe the next step is to use my experience to give back to the community.”
Follis joined the Everett law firm of Anderson Hunter in 1990 as a trial lawyer and has tried, arbitrated, mediated, or negotiated settlements of hundreds of cases. He specializes in civil litigation representing individuals, small businesses, and corporations. He is now Anderson Hunter’s chief trial lawyer.
In the course of his career Follis has represented both sides of legal battles, “A judge must be unbiased and fair in order for both sides to receive justice. Everyone is equal under the law and deserves the same treatment from an independent decision maker. After 26 years of representing both plaintiffs and defendants, I have learned that there are two sides to every story.”
The position of Superior Court Judge is non-partisan. Follis believes judges should keep their distance from political parties, “A judge must not only be fair but also appear fair. This is a non-partisan race. I have never been active in party politics. I have never run for political office. I consider myself to be independent of partisan politics and outside economic influences.”
Follis’s campaign literature documents his judicial experience, “Jack has been appointed by the Superior Court approximately 170 times to serve as an arbitrator. Arbitration is a way for parties to litigate their dispute outside of a courtroom. An arbitrator, like a judge, will conduct a hearing in which the rules of evidence apply. As a frequent arbitrator, Jack has sworn in witnesses, ruled on motions, and conducted hearings much like a judge conducts a trial.”
Follis has lived in Mill Creek for 11 years with his wife of 23 years and two sons. He is very involved in the community:
- He coached Mill Creek Little League for eight years.
- He is the founder and coach of Jackson High School’s Mock Trial Club.
- He is a legal volunteer for Washington Rush Soccer Club.
- He is a former Big Brother and board member of Snohomish Big Brothers.
Among those who endorse Follis is former Snohomish County Bar Association President, Karl Hausmann, “Jack is the best choice for Superior Court Judge. He has had a long and solid career practicing law in our county at a high level of quality and ethical integrity. Our Superior Court bench needs a judge of Jack's intellect and demeanor.”