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George Terkel Shields

George Terkel Shields, American judge. Bar: Washington 1953, United States District Court (eastern district) Washington 1957, United States District Court Idaho 1959, United States Tax Court 1960. Named Trial Judge of the Year, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 1983; recipient Law Enforcement medal, Sons of the American Revolution, 1984, William O. Douglas award, Washington Trial Lawyers Association, 1989.


Shields, George Terkel was born on May 6, 1928 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of George William and Helen Marguerite (Hansen) Shields.


Bachelor, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 1950. Juris Doctor, Columbia University, New York City, 1953.


Associate Paine, Lowe, Coffin, Spokane, Washington, 1957-1962. Partner Shields, Reiley & Annis, 1962-1964. Private practice law, 1964-1969.

Superior court judge State of Washington, 1969-1988. Judge Court of Appeals III, State of Washington, 1988-1993. Chairman Washington State Bar Committee on Real Property, Probate and Trusts, 1963-1965.

Instructor Gonzaga University, 1961-1966, Pacific Northwest College Trial Advocacy, 1979. Arbitrator American Arbitration Association, 1964-1970, others in past.


Board directors Leadership Spokane, 1984-1986, St. John's Properties and St. John's Properties II, since 1979. Active in numerous civic organizations in past. Major, United States Army Reserve, 1953-1956.

Member Washington Bar Association (special award honor, 1977), Spokane County Bar Association, American Bar Association, American College Trust and Estate Counsel (judicial fellow), American Bar Foundation (fellow).


Married Lora Jean Ringhoffer, July 25, 1953. Children: George Herbert, Andrew John, Lora Margrethe.