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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.

Bob has successfully represented corporations, executives and individuals in complex and white collar, regulatory, and civil investigations and prosecutions.

He is ranked in Band Two 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.

Professional Activities

  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member

Community Activities

  • Nature Conservancy, Methow Conservancy Group, Volunteer
  • University of Washington Physicians, Community Trustee, 2010-2015

Experience

Experience

  • Represented executives of a multinational natural resources company in a multi-year investigation, including coordinating the defense team and consulting with the company’s general counsel. The investigation concluded with no individuals prosecuted and the company agreeing to a nominal sanction.*
  • Represented investment account executive accused of conspiring to commit tax fraud, the jury acquitted the client after a three-week jury trial.*
  • Represented individual charged with vehicular homicide after his tractor-trailer was involved in an accident, killing four other motorists. The jury found the client not guilty of all counts and acquitted.*
  • Represented a refinery manager in state and federal investigations involving multiple agencies in response to a deadly refinery explosion. The case was submitted to a federal grand jury for criminal Environmental Protection Act violations against the client and the refinery operator. No indictments issued.*
  • Represented a local food products company in various capacities, including defense services for internal, regulatory and criminal investigations relating to allegations of violations of environmental, workplace and food safety laws.*
  • Represented client in internal investigation into allegations of an unlawful discharge of anhydrous ammonia into a local stream, negotiating with federal law enforcement and the Department of Justice to secure a misdemeanor resolution.*
  • Represented client in an Environmental Protection Agency investigation related to a vendor’s negligent release of airborne hazardous substances at client’s facility in Oregon. The matter resolved with a minimal monetary fine and without criminal proceedings.*
  • Represented client in investigation into airborne hazardous substance discharge within client’s facility. An internal investigation determined that the discharge was due to faulty insulation by a third-party contractor of coolant pipe. No criminal or regulatory actions were pursued against the client.*
  • Represented a construction company that benefitted from procurement fraud committed by a government contracting reviewer. The Department of Justice did not criminally prosecute the client in exchange for a settlement agreement disgorging the benefit of the improperly approved government contracts.*
  • Represented a stock trader charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with federal crimes and sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for multi-million dollar penny stock pump-and-dump scheme. Bob prevented the SEC from obtaining a double recovery in the parallel civil lawsuit and negotiated a favorable disposition for the client in the criminal matter.*
  • Represented a foreign national ship captain detained for suspicion of violations of MARPOL, the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, and the Clean Water Act regarding alleged unlawful discharges of oil into United States territorial waters. The government agreed to close its investigation of the client and release his passport, allowing him to return home overseas, with no criminal charges filed.*
  • Represented a major pipeline company in Alaska in an internal investigation alleging safety violations by a whistleblower, as well as threats of a lawsuit by the whistleblower for retaliation claims. Investigation concluded that no retaliation occurred against the alleged whistleblower.*
  • Represented the chief engineer of a seafood processing company in Alaska in allegations of discharge of ammonia-laden waste into a harbor. Client plead guilty to state misdemeanor and received probation.*
  • Represented the presiding director of the Board of Directors of a pipeline company in a joint civil and criminal investigation following an explosion that resulted in the death of three individuals. Client was not charged.*

* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm.

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Admissions

  • Washington, 1993
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Education

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

B.A., University of Colorado, 1971

Honors & Recognition

  • Chambers USA Leading Individual, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Band 2)
  • 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
  • Washington Super Lawyers list, 2003-2019
  • American Trial Association, Top 100 Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
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