Robert J. Wayne has dedicated his career to representing people hit with criminal charges, and businesses and individuals who have significant civil claims; providing zealous advocacy for his clients. Mr. Wayne has forty years of experience practicing before the courts in Washington State. Mr. Wayne has continually been recognized for his excellence in advocacy. Lawyers repeatedly voted to include Robert Wayne in the list of Washington Super Lawyers (limited to the top 5% of lawyers) in multiple years. He has been awarded the highest ability rating by the leading legal directory in the country, and named to be included in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in American Education & Who’s Who in America. His peers have appointed him to chair numerous committees, and he is regularly asked to lead courses on trial advocacy, depositions and cutting edge use of technology in the court room by the National Institute on Trial Advocacy, one of the nation’s preeminent legal institutions. Mr. Wayne also taught trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law for 30 years. Robert Wayne has achieved the highest possible rating through the Martindale-Hubbell rating system, which is a peer review process. He has been deemed “preeminent” in legal ability and “Above reproach” in his ethics (see ratings for more information).
Robert Wayne graduated in the top 10% of his law school class at UCLA, a top-ten National Law School, and was admitted to The Order of the Coif. He was then awarded a coveted clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (considered at the time to be at the top of all appellate courts in America, other than the Supreme Court itself). While in law school he was deemed the top advocate in his class, receiving the Roscoe Pound Outstanding Advocate award. While still a law student, he was given the opportunity to argue two cases before three of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court. His team won the California State Moot Court Championship (Traynor State Championship); a feat not repeated by UCLA until 26 years later.
In his free time, Mr. Wayne enjoys spending time with his dog, Kailey, and travelling to photograph the urban landscape here and abroad.