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New Magistrate Judge Selected

Saturday, April 15, 2023

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is pleased to announce that Grady J. Leupold has been selected as the new magistrate judge in Tacoma. Mr. Leupold will succeed Magistrate Judge J. Richard Creatura, who retired on March 17, 2023.

For the last three years, Mr. Leupold has served as a Military Judge in the United States Army Reserve, 1st Judicial Circuit, and as a Supervisory Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington.  Mr. Leupold has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Washington since 2014.

Mr. Leupold was previously an adjunct professor at the Army JAG school and a trial defense devices attorney in the US Army Reserve.  From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Leupold served as an AUSA in the Southern District of Texas.  Between 2010 and 2011, Mr. Leupold was an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General based in the Seattle Branch Office.

Between 2003 and 2010, he was an active-duty Judge Advocate in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, US Army, and was initially stationed at Fort Drum, NY, where he twice deployed to Afghanistan. Mr. Leupold was later stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Leupold was a Commercial Litigation Associate at Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP, Seattle.

He received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, FL, and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Washington in Political Science.

The court expects Mr. Leupold will start duty in Tacoma on April 18, 2023.