Phone (206) 957-9669



University of Puget Sound School of Law

J.D. 1980; Cum Laude

University of Washington

B.A. 1977


Christie Law Group PLLC, Principal 2005 - Present

Lawyer and Partner in Private Practice, 1981 - 2005

Law Clerk, Honorable Vernon Pearson, Division II Court of Appeals 1980 - 1981




The founding principal of Christie Law Group, Bob brings over 35 years of trial experience and expertise to the firm. He has tried scores of cases throughout Washington State and the U.S. District Courts in Washington and Alaska, argued appeals in all divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court (on briefs). Bob is widely recognized as one of the foremost lawyers defending police officers and their agencies in civil rights cases in Washington. He also represents professionals, individuals, and companies in litigation ranging from malpractice, products liability, transportation liability, road design, premises liability, commercial litigation, employment, construction, and many other categories of civil disputes. He works extensively in cases involving death and serious injury, and is often called to serve as trial counsel in defense of significant claims. Working occasionally on behalf of catastrophically injured individuals and damaged business owners, Bob has also achieved several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. 

Admitted to membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Bob chaired the substantive law section on Civil Rights and Public Entity Liability, responsible for authoring periodic newsletters to section members and substantive articles for the FDCC Quarterly.  In August 2016, he was elected as one of eight senior directors, and he has served as an instructor at the FDCC’s Litigation Management College. Bob also served as co-chair of the Washington Pattern Instruction subcommittee charged with drafting civil rights instructions for use in Washington’s superior courts. 

Bob writes and lectures frequently on risk management issues, civil rights, governmental entity liability, and trial technology and presentation strategies.



Washington State Bar Association

Oregon State Bar Association 

Idaho State Bar Association 

Federal Bar Association 

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel 

Defense Research Institute

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys


Admitted to Practice

Washington, 1980

Oregon, 2016

Idaho, 2016



AV Rated in Martindale Hubbell

Washington Law & Politics “Super Lawyer” since 2000

WDTL's Outstanding Defense Trial Lawyer 2017

FDCC's Joseph R. Olshan Award 2018