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THE FACES BEHIND THE NAME, THE EXPERIENCE BEHIND THE PASSION

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THE FACES BEHIND THE NAME, THE EXPERIENCE BEHIND THE PASSION

When creating the firm in 2005, Robert L. Christie had a distinct vision: to bring together a complimentary team, each with deep, demonstrated expertise. Individuals who genuinely and passionately believe in what we do. We are a tight-knit group of lawyers and legal assistants focused on providing the highest quality litigation services to the individuals, professionals, and governments that make up the heart of our practice. With 35 years of real trial and appellate experience, Bob Christie leads his firm guided by the core principles of integrity, candor, creativity, and an unwavering commitment to our clients. We remain true to these values as we proudly enter our 12th year of business as Christie Law Group, PLLC.

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ROBERT L. CHRISTIE

Attorney / Principal

Robert L. Christie, who brings 35 years of trial experience and expertise to the firm, leads CLG into its 11th year. AV Rated in Martindale Hubbell and a Washington Law & Politics “Super Lawyer” since 2000, Mr. Christie is a 1977 graduate of the University of Washington and a 1980 graduate (cum laude) of the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He began his career as a law clerk to Honorable Vernon Pearson, Division II Court of Appeals.

Bob has tried scores of cases throughout Washington State and the U.S. District Courts in Washington and Alaska. In his appellate practice, he has argued appeals in all divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court (on briefs).  He has defended hundreds of police officers and scores of police departments in civil rights cases, both at trial and on appeal.  Bob has served as co-chair of the Washington Pattern Instruction subcommittee charged with drafting civil rights instructions for use in Washington’s superior courts.

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 to the FDCC.  He has served as an instructor at the FDCC’s Litigation Management College.  Bob is also a member DRI and ADTA.  He writes and lectures frequently on risk management issues. In addition to civil rights and governmental entity liability, Bob represents professionals, individuals, and companies in litigation ranging from malpractice, products liability, transportation liability, premise liability, commercial litigation, employment, construction, and many other categories of civil disputes.  He works extensively in cases involving death and serious injury.  Working occasionally on behalf of catastrophically injured individuals and damaged business owners, Bob has achieved several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

Bob is admitted as well to practice law in the states of Oregon and Idaho.

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THOMAS P. MILLER

Attorney / Member

After graduating from the University of Montana (B.A. 1995) and the University of Denver College of Law (J.D. 2003), Tom joined CLG when it was founded in 2005 and has readily established himself as a key member of the team with an emphasis on civil rights defense, wrongful death, death inquests, and employment discrimination. A partner since 2009, Tom tries cases in state and federal courts, and has appeared and argued before the Washington State Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Tom represents police officers, police departments, and other city officials throughout the state, defending them in civil rights and negligence cases. Tom is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”), the nation’s premier defense lawyer organization with 1,100 peer selected members world-wide. The FDCC appointed Tom the Washington State representative for the FDCC for 2014-2016. Tom has been selected as a Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics and is an active member of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers.

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ALEXANDER CASEY

Attorney

Prior to joining CLG, Alex worked at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and as a law clerk in Alaska.  His background in criminal and civil litigation allows him to critically contribute to our civil rights defense and employment discrimination practices.  He has authored scores of major briefs in state and federal court, including the Ninth Circuit, and just recently presented his first appellate argument in Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals.  Though originally from southern Oregon, Alex attended the University of Washington for both his undergraduate (B.A.s English and Spanish with College and Departmental Honors) and law degrees.  He is our first Double Dawg.  While attending law school, Alex served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Journal of Law, Technology, and Arts, and worked at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

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ANN E. TRIVETT

Attorney / Member

Ann handles a vast array of cases, focusing on civil rights and municipal liability defense. She has been with the firm since 2005 and a practicing attorney since 2007. Having graduated from Villanova University (B.A. 2004; Cum Laude) and Seattle University School of Law (J.D. 2007; Magna Cum Laude), Ann has proven herself a dedicated, well-organized, and persuasive advocate. She recently first chaired a successful federal court jury trial on behalf of a local police officer.  She has second chaired a number of major trials in both federal and state court, presented oral argument on scores of dispositive motions, and authored scores of briefs at the trial and appellate level. In September of 2012, Ann completed the National institute for Trial Advocacy’s Building Trial Skills six-day course, where she further honed her trial and courtroom abilities. Washington Law & Politics selected Ann as a Rising Star in 2014.

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JASON M. ROSEN

Attorney / Of Counsel

After 10+ years as an attorney and member with Christie Law Group (and 5 additional years working with Bob before that) Jason has opened his own mediation practice, Rosen Resolution, PLLC. You can find more information about his new firm on his website or call (206) 295-4624. In addition to operating his own firm, Jason will continue to serve Of Counsel on various Christie Law Group matters.

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SALIM LEWIS

Legal Assistant/Rule 6 Graduate

A 2009 graduate of Fordham University (majoring in history while balancing his commitment as a full scholarship varsity soccer player for the mighty Rams) and a native of Queens, New York, Salim brings his exceptional intellect, organizational skills, and determined work ethic to our firm.  Salim has completed his 4-year Rule 6 Tutorship, which allowed him to sit for the February 2017 Bar examination.  He will then join the firm as an associate lawyer.

BETH JOHNSON

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Before joining CLG, Beth worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Attorney (W.D.WA), concentrating on civil rights matters and federal tort litigation.  Prior to moving to Seattle, she served municipalities for over 15 years as a paralegal on the Arkansas Municipal League’s litigation team, focusing on civil rights defense and employment discrimination.  Her background in risk management and government liability allows her to uniquely understand issues and proactively manage cases.  She completed Arkansas State University’s paralegal certificate program in 2001.  

 

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LAURA PFEIFER

Legal Assistant

Since graduating from the UC Davis paralegal studies program in 2006, Laura has worked in a variety of fields of law, which has prepared her for the diversity of matters Christie Law Group handles. The skills she has developed allow her to fully dedicate and immerse herself in each case.  Laura heads up our in-house graphic and visual design department, helping us to create strong visual impact for our trial teams.

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MAUREEN PATTSNER

Legal Assistant

A key member of the group, with her background as Mr. Christie’s legal assistant since 1982, Maureen ensures exceptional continuity and cohesiveness across many facets of the firm and its cases.