Robert M. KraftOf Counsel
Robert M. Kraft was involved in the practice of maritime injury law from 1980 to mid-2022. His clients included commercial fisherman, tug and barge workers, blue water seamen, Washington State Ferry workers, cruise ship passengers and crew, and people injured on recreational vessels. He earned a reputation of being a lawyer who would not accept settlement offers that did not represent the value of the case, and defendant vessel owners and their insurers knew he was willing and able to take a case to trial to obtain the best result for the client. Rob is known for having obtained not only great trial results but also for settlements that were in the client's favor. He worked closely with Rick Davies since 1998 and Marissa Olsson since 2010 and shared his knowledge and experience with each of them. He is now serving as Of Counsel with the firm, and very much enjoys continuing to consult with Mr. Davies and Ms. Olsson on issues that arise in the course of the firm’s litigation.
Rob recognizes that the most important part of being a lawyer is communicating frequently with their clients to be certain the client has all information that is necessary to understand the status of his or her case, and to insure the client is fully involved in decisions that need to be made. Together with 42 years of handling and trying maritime cases and accumulating the knowledge and skill this experience has provided him, Rob views full and complete communication with his clients as a lawyer’s top priority. While it is true that he has greatly enjoyed many outstanding verdicts and settlements over the years, it is the relationships with clients that provided him with the greatest satisfaction.
Rob and his wife have been married for over 35 years, and they have two grown children and four beautiful grandchildren. Rob plays bass in both a rhythm and blues band and a rock 'n roll band and loves to golf when the weather is good. He considers himself extremely fortunate to have enjoyed a career that provided great satisfaction going up against top-flight maritime lawyers, vessel owners and their insurance companies.
J.D., University of Puget Sound, 1980
B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1976
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