Robert G. Chadwell
Of Counsel

Robert G. Chadwell

Bob has more than 40 years of experience and focuses on criminal and civil matters with a special emphasis on white collar criminal defense, environmental issues and securities fraud. He has successfully represented corporations, executives and individuals in complex and white collar, regulatory, and civil investigations and prosecutions. 

He is ranked in Band One, the highest ranking, in Chambers USA for his work in white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Since 2003, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© and was honored in 2017 as Seattle's “Lawyer of the Year” in White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations. 


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington

Washington State Bar Association

King County Bar Association

Nature Conservancy, Methow Conservancy Group, Volunteer

University of Washington Physicians, Community Trustee, 2010-2015

Litigation & Dispute ResolutionWhite Collar Defense, Investigations & Compliance (Chair)


Tel: 206.447.8937Fax: 206.749.1988


The Best Lawyers in America© Criminal Defense White Collar, 2003-present

  • Best Lawyers® 2017 and 2019 Criminal Defense: White-Collar "Lawyer of the Year" in Seattle

Chambers USA Leading Individual, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Band 2)

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2003-2019

American Trial Association, Top 100 Lawyers 

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating


J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 1978

B.A., University of Colorado, 1971

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1993

Tennessee (inactive)

U.S. District Court

  • Western District of Washington
  • District of Colorado
  • Eastern District of Tennessee

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Fifth Circuit
  • Sixth Circuit
  • Ninth Circuit
  • Tenth Circuit
  • Eleventh Circuit 


Foster Pepper PLLC, Of Counsel, 2017-Present

McKay Chadwell PLLC, Partner, 1995-2017

U.S. Attorney’s Office

  • Seattle, 1989-1995
  • Denver, 1985-1989

Ritchie, Chadwell & Fels, Partner, 1977-1985

U.S. Navy, Lieutenant, 1971-1976

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