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Bob Anderton heads Washington Bike Law. Bob is a daily bike commuter with over two decades of experience in successfully representing injured bicyclists. Bob didn't set out to be a bike lawyer. Perhaps because the idea of a "bike lawyer" didn't exist as bicyclists started becoming the majority of Bob's clients. Today, bike law represents more than 90% of Bob's work.
Bob is Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5 . This is the highest possible rating for Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, and Legal Experience. Bob is a Member of National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 Trial Lawyers. AVVO rates Bob as a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 for experience, industry recognition and professional conduct.
Bob is uniquely qualified to help injured bicyclists. This is not just because he is a bike person himself, but because he has already represented bicyclists in almost every factual scenario imaginable. He's helped countless people who've been doored, T-boned, rear-ended, right-hooked, left-hooked or even thrown from their bikes by roads not fit for ordinary travel. Bob has the experience to know from the outset what arguments are likely to be made and how to best advocate for his bike clients.
Bob enjoys writing and has a degree in journalism. His scholarly work was published in the Iowa Law Review in 1992. Later in the 1990s, Bob served as a reporter and editor for publications of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now the Washington State Association for Justice) and the Washington State Bar Association. From 2001 to 2005, Bob was editor of The Bar Bulletin, the King County Bar Association's official publication.
Bob serves on the board of Bike Works (BW) and has been a volunteer and donor to BW for over a decade. BW promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities.
Bob is also on the board of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG). SNG is a grassroots coalition of neighborhood groups that plan and advocate for safe and comfortable streets for all. SNG has neighborhood groups in the following parts of Seattle:
Attorney Jessica Cutler is a former professional bike racer who has also worked as a bike messenger. She was admitted to the Washington Bar in 2010 and is an Eagle Member of the Washington State Association for Justice. Jessica's passion for cycling as well as her deep knowledge of our state's bicycle infrastructure and conventions make her a great addition to our team. Jessica practices bike law like she rides a bike: passionately.
Jessica rides for fitness, fun, and everyday transportation. She regularly volunteers her time in the local cycling community to teach safe riding and racing techniques. Jessica is a long-time member of the Washington State Bicycle Association and a co-founder of the nonprofit Northwest Women's Cyclocross Project - a program that seeks to identify and develop young racers while working to create greater accessibility to the sport.
About Rob Levin
Rob Levin is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and has been practicing law in Washington for more than 25 years. Rob is a bike commuter and an avid recreational rider. Rob knows first-hand how insurers evaluate and settle cases. Before joining Washington Bike Law, Rob represented major insurance companies in coverage cases and also defended their insureds in civil litigation. His experience as a defense attorney gives him perspective on how to develop stronger cases for Washington Bike Law's individual clients.
Rob's background also includes representing plaintiffs in personal injury and property damage cases and defendants in criminal proceedings. In law school, Rob clerked for Evergreen Legal Services, the precursor to Columbia Legal Services.
Originally from Detroit, Rob moved to Washington after falling in love with the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. He and his wife, also a lawyer, have two incredible kids and are passionate about exploring the Pacific Northwest on bike and by foot. Rob and his family also have two Flat-Coated Retrievers who provide them with added joy.
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In the News
South Park Gets Library
Bob chaired the South Park Library Steering Committee that obtained $2.5 million in funding in 2000 to open a library in an under-served neighborhood.
The West Seattle Herald on September 5, 2006 quoted him (Anderton) as follows: "Access to books and computers could make a huge difference for the many South Park residents who are low-income or English language learners … This is the kind of development that is not about gentrification - it's making it better for everyone," said Anderton. "This is not a Starbucks." Anderton couldn't help but recognize the new library came too late for "people who have come and gone from South Park and who could have developed literacy and didn't." "But it's a wonderful development for now and the future," said Anderton. "Who could be against a library?"
Cyclists sue Seattle over trolley tracks - KOMO News June 2, 2010
[...] Bob Anderton, a lawyer who rides his bike to work every day, is representing six cyclists injured by the tracks [...] He claims the city ignored warnings about South Lake Union's trolley tracks from planners it hired to assess the design.
"Many different people said that this was fatally flawed and that bicycle crashes were highly foreseeable and they did it anyway," Anderton said.
Anderton says the cyclists' tires got stuck in the trolley track grooves.
"We've had fractured elbows, broken wrists, broken teeth, broken jaws," he said.[...]