Robert Rhodes – Seattle Lawyer & Attorney
People, clients and courts trust me because I do what I say, I handle problems as they come in, I listen critically, I keep deadlines and I have a relatively fearless bulldog nature that is well-suited for communication, argument and litigation. With thousands of court appearances and recorded interviews under my belt, I know when and how to be quiet and listen, speak and question or engage and argue. I have learned to take the time upfront to manage expectations by setting clear goals, deadlines and standards with people and my team. As a trained analytical fact collector who likes the word “why”, I have a strong dislike for bad advocacy, logical fallacies, laziness, arrogance, bullies and overlooked shortcomings. I like the legal system as it is the arena where the game of “legal” justice is played out.
Robert Rhodes began his legal career in the juvenile, adult and mental health courts of Arizona as a public defender where he fought for clients who were falsely accused or struggling with a spectrum of conditions. He handled a large and varied caseload while gaining extensive courtroom and legal experience.
Mr. Rhodes moved to Washington and opened his own practice in 2001. In 2007, Mr. Rhodes partnered with another lawyer Brad Meryhew and the two of them focused on the hardest criminal defense cases in the State at that time in there mind. During this partnership, Mr. Rhodes developed a reputation for being incredibly effective at vetting and interviewing witnesses as well as being a carefully prepared litigator who was not afraid of difficult cases or of earning results. Mr. Meryhew remains, without a doubt one, of the top trial lawyers in the highly competitive arena of criminal defense in Washington State. As the old expression goes, steel sharpens steel though changes in circumstances required the end of this partnership.
Mr. Rhodes started his own firm in 2014 and this time took a “team” approach to law and expanded the scope of his practice to take on a variety of civil cases as well as handling administrative licensing matters in a variety of forums. Although Mr. Rhodes continues to love courtrooms and hearings, he finds himself spending a lot of time vetting cases and clients, brokering discussions, refining his understanding of the law, writing, counseling clients, utilizing experts, negotiating, putting together legal teams for larger civil cases and advancing his goals, his team’s goals and methods of advocacy. Mr. Rhodes has his fingers in a wide variety of cases in a wide variety of forums.
Mr. Rhodes’s hard-earned experiences and intuition, ability to engage in straight talk while understanding the gamey and manipulative nature of his profession is refreshing and engenders trust with his clients and others in his profession. His ability to vet witnesses, cases and clients, know what makes a good story, how to tell a good story, understand what facts will make it in a courtroom, understand how opposing views will attack or spin fact, understand how juries really think, understanding the worst and best of human nature along with his broad knowledge of court systems, political systems, administrative systems, evaluators, experts and the psychology of the various players involved makes him wise. This gives his clients and his legal teams an enormous advantage.
Mr. Rhodes is an old athlete who brings his passion for teamwork and the unrelenting pursuit of a goal to his practice of law. Since high school, Robert has helped captain teams to championships (recently he individually won golds in Las Vegas at the IBJJF Nationals in Jujitzu in 2018 and 2019 and ranked top 25 in the world for age and belt) and understands that winning means someone has to take the unwanted responsibility of leading. Robert instinctively organizes and leads teams towards results because he has an unflagging drive to give 100% percent to whatever he commits too or finds interesting. Robert knows life is a gamble so only bets good odds. Robert is highly experienced in using licensed private investigators, counselors, other lawyers, firms, evaluators as well as psychological experts, forensic experts, and scientific professionals to advance cases or mitigate cases. Robert is used to working in tandem with other lawyers and other professionals in the process of resolving cases privately or setting them up for the public spectacle of a trial.
Robert is licensed in Washington and Arizona and has appeared in municipal, state, and federal courts. He enjoys the disciplines and games of law, sport, and exercise. He spends his free time mentoring youth (he has continued to mentor his Little Brother from Big Brother’s Little Sister’s program for over 20 years), indulging his curiosities, reading, hunting anything and spending time in the close company of his very tight-knit group of friends and family he is deeply thankful and grateful for.