ABOUT ADAM EISENBERG

Boulder County Fair, 1971

Boulder County Fair, 1971

Adam grew up on a cattle ranch outside Boulder, Colorado, and spent his young teens riding horses, showing prize-winning calves at a local county fair, and reading science fiction.

An avid fan of the original film “Planet of the Apes,” Adam got his first taste of being a journalist when he called makeup creator John Chambers on the phone to get advice on how to create his own ape mask.

Then, in high school, his first break as a writer came when he got the chance to interview Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. He followed this introduction by writing articles for The Denver Post and earning a journalism degree from the University of Colorado.  

Following graduation, Adam moved to Los Angeles and spent seven years as a freelance writer covering movies and television. His work included behind-the-scenes coverage of “Ghostbusters,” “The Terminator,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Gremlins,” “Aliens,” “The Right Stuff,” “Ghostbusters II,” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade;” and he interviewed George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise.  

“Ghostbusters” press party with producer Michael C. Gross and Cinefex editor Don Shay, November 1983. Photo by Virgil Mirano.

“Ghostbusters” press party with producer Michael C. Gross and Cinefex editor Don Shay, November 1983. Photo by Virgil Mirano.

Star Voyager, No. 6, December 1983; American Cinematographer, Vol. 70/No. 8, August 1989; Panorama City, No. 4, April 1985.

Star Voyager, No. 6, December 1983; American Cinematographer, Vol. 70/No. 8, August 1989; Panorama City, No. 4, April 1985.

His credits include The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Denver Post, Los Angeles Daily News, Twilight Zone Magazine, American Film, Moviegoer, Cinefex, American Cinematographer, Cinefantastique and publications in Japan, France and England. Adam also wrote and produced “Reforestation,” a documentary on forest preservation narrated by William Shatner, and directed a 16 mm adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s short story, “There Will Come Soft Rains.”  

Feeling the need to take his career in a new direction, Adam moved to Seattle and earned a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. He served as a criminal prosecutor and worked as a civil trial attorney.  In 2004 Adam was appointed Commissioner of Seattle Municipal Court, and in January 2017 he was appointed by Mayor Edward Murray to serve as Judge. 

Outside the courtroom, Adam has written articles about mental illness and domestic violence for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer; produced televised public forums for the City of Seattle Domestic Violence Council; and currently serves as a board member for the QLaw Bar Association.

He is the author of the book, “A Different Shade of Blue: How Women Changed the Face of Police Work,” (Behler, 2009). “A Different Shade of Blue” tells the history of female cops in America through the candid voices of 50 women on the Seattle Police Department. In addition to its U.S. publication, the book has been translated and published in China (Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, 2012).

In 2012, Adam interviewed the late Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times’ journalist Anthony Lewis. Published by History News Network, the wide-ranging conversation featured Mr. Lewis’ observations of the current U.S. Supreme Court in light of his forty-year career covering the highest court. 

More recently, Adam created the story and characters for Take the Case: Chain of Evidence, an online educational game for the National Law Enforcement Museum that teaches middle school kids how evidence goes from the crime scene to the courtroom. 

And Adam currently teaches law & ethics classes for graduate students and law students at the University of Washington.

Book signing at The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA, July 2009. Photo by Paul Verba.

Book signing at The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA, July 2009. Photo by Paul Verba.