July 6, 2017

Leading White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Robert Chadwell Joins Foster Pepper

Chadwell brings decades of experience representing corporations, executives and individuals in criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters
Robert G. Chadwell has joined the White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practice at Foster Pepper PLLC.  

Chadwell is nationally recognized for his experience in white collar criminal defense. His practice focuses on complex and serious white collar, regulatory and civil investigations and prosecutions with a particular emphasis on environmental issues and securities fraud. Chadwell was named the Best Lawyers 2017 Seattle “Lawyer of the Year” for Criminal Defense: White Collar. He is also ranked in Band One, the highest rating available, in the Chambers USA Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Washington.

He comes to the firm from McKay Chadwell, a boutique firm he co-founded in 1995. Prior to establishing McKay Chadwell, he spent ten years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle and Denver where he prosecuted natural resources cases involving violations of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Lacey Act, Marine Pollution Act and others. After serving as Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle, Chadwell returned to the Major Crimes Trial Unit, where he focused on environmental and foreign organized crime cases.

“I have known and respected Bob for more than 25 years as both an adversary and a colleague. I look forward to practicing with him at Foster Pepper,” said Robert Mahler, who joined Foster Pepper in 2013 and leads the firm’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations practice. Mahler, also ranked in Chambers USA’s Washington Band One for white collar criminal defense and government investigations, added “As a team, Bob and I offer a unique degree of combined experience to help companies, corporate officers and others individuals in all varieties of white collar criminal defense matters, internal and government investigations and civil and regulatory litigation.”

Tim Filer, chair of Foster Pepper’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, commented “Bob has handled many high profile white collar criminal cases. White collar criminal defense is an increasingly important service to provide clients. Bob is a terrific litigator who expands our deep litigation and dispute resolution practice.”

“I’ve admired Foster Pepper and their Northwest-focused practice for many years,” said Chadwell. “Practicing with Bob Mahler and his team will be incredible. Foster Pepper has exceptional strength not just in litigation but in environmental and natural resources matters. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to expand my practice alongside these outstanding attorneys.”

With the addition of Chadwell, Foster Pepper will be the only law firm in the state of Washington with two top-ranked Chambers USA white collar criminal defense and government investigation attorneys. 

Chadwell received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is recognized as a Top 100 Lawyer by the American Trial Association.

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