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Languages spoken: Norwegian

Practice areas


  1. Wills & Living Wills: 45%
    21 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  2. Probate: 40%
    21 years, 50 cases
  3. Adoption: 10%
    12 years, 8 cases
  4. Guardianship: 5%
    11 years, 4 cases


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Foster Pepper PLLC

1111 Third Avenue.
Suite 3400
Seattle, WA, 98101-3299


NYCurrently registered 198303/13/2015
TXInactive 198810/19/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public Reprimand
    issued in TX, 2003


    Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

    Robert’s comment: “This reprimand was because I did not get a written waiver from a client even though I received a verbal waiver. The rules of professional responsibility require the waiver to be in writing.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Volunteer Recognition AwardKing County Bar Association1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC2009 - Present
AttorneyRobert P. Morrison, Attorney at Law2000 - 2009
Attorney-Of CounselMacDonald Hoague & Bayless1999 - 2000
AttorneyRobert P. Morrison, Attorney at Law1994 - 1999
Vice PresidentNationsBank1988 - 1993
Assistant Vice PresidentIrving Trust Company1982 - 1987
Assistant to Trust OfficerChemical Bank1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
QLaw- GLBT Bar Association of WashingtonN/A2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
King County Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Decedent Anonymous v. IRSWe reduced the estate tax by several hundred thousand dollars.
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Publication nameTitleDate
King County Bar JournalThe Personal Face of Domestic Partnerships2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
St. Mary's UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
6th Annual Probate Administration CLESecuring the Property: Everything from Changing Locks to Inventory and Appraisals2010
Probate Administration CLECommunity vs Separate Property; Probate vs. Non-Probate Assets2009
Probate Administration CLECommunity vs Separate; Probate vs. Non-Probate2008
Probate Administration CLEMarshalling Assets2007
Estate Tax LegislationCurrent and Expected Developments in Estate Tax Legislation and Planning2007
Probate Administration CLEMarshalling Assets2006
Estate Planning BasicsOverview of Wills2003
Adoption by Same Sex PartnersAdoption by Same Sex Partners2003
Estate Planning BasicsOverview of Wills2001
Effective Estate Planning for Small EstatesEstate Planning2000