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Robert Craig Van Siclen

Personal injury Attorney at Auburn, WA

4.4   7 reviews

also known as Bob Van Siclen

  • Licensed for 56 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1968
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    50%
    Very well qualified and experienced in all types of personal injury cases including catastrophic accidents and injuries related thereto, medical malpractice, other professional malpractice, products liability, highway design and safety, major automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents producing marked and extensive damages. I have extensive experience in premises liability cases but limit such cases to those in which extensive and permanent damages have been sustained.

    57 years, 390 cases

  2. Aviation
    20%
    Major aviation accident and wrongful death cases including both pilot and non-pilot error cases; air-carrier catostrophic (wrongful death and major injury) cases against air carriers and/or the government (ATC issues); product liability issues in fixed and rotary wing aircraft including air frame, power plant (turbine and reciprocating piston engines, avionics; piloting; airman's medical certification issues; airman certificate actions including loss of pilot licenses.

    57 years, 150 cases

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    20%
    Incorporation of business enterprises of all kinds (incorporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, sole proprietorship forms of business organizations. In addition, I have extensive experience in trials involving complicated commercial issues, banks and banking, estates and trusts.

    57 years, 50 cases

  4. Mediation
    10%
    Mediation has become the poster child of litigation and most courts will require that litigants attempt to settle their claim through mediation prior to commencing a trial. I have served as a mediator in over 150 cases over the past 10 years and have participated in mediations for litigation clients for the past 43 years of my practice.

    24 years, 150 cases

 

Robert Van Siclen has practiced law in South King County for more than 50 years and is considered by his legal peers to be one of the most experienced trial lawyers in the State of Washington. He concentrates his practice in litigation of complicated issues, including commercial matters of all kinds, major personal injury and wrongful death cases, products liability (especially aircraft and aviation products), and professional malpractice cases. Peer rated in Martindale-Hubbell with an AV rating every year since the 1970s (the first such rating granted any lawyer in the City of Auburn) and selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics Magazine, he provides unmatched representation to all of his clients.

Over the past 50 years of representing clients all over the State of Washington, he has recovered settlements or judgments of up to $23 million for his clients. His trial practice has taken him into a number of other states and into Europe. He was the attorney who represented a number of people who were falsely accused of child molestation in Wenatchee, Washington, and in every case obtained defense verdicts and later, through the pursuit of civil litigation for the Wenatchee Defendants, recovered millions of dollars for his clients who had previously been wrongfully incarcerated. He has represented estates of people who died in major airline disaster accidents and has brought and tried to conclusion by either verdict or out of court settlement many general aviation accident cases against general aviation manufacturers.

 Bob has been active in his church, the community and the Bar Association. Among others, he is a past president of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, the Auburn Kiwanis Club and served on the Board of Directors of the Auburn YMCA. He is the past president of the South King County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in all courts in the State of Washington including both the Western and Eastern Federal District Courts of this State, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Bob started the law firm of Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins which is one of the largest law firms between Seattle and Tacoma with 8 attorneys and a supporting staff of 13 paralegal assistants. 

Location

Robert Craig Van Siclen
721 45th St Ne
Auburn, WA, 98002-1303

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Diane | September 24, 2010
Personal endorsement for Robert C. Van Siclen
I have always been happy with Mr. Van Siclen's services. He has been extremely responsive to my needs, especially when it came to family estate planning. My husband and I have consulted him regarding a real estate transaction, a traffic violation, and wills/estate planning. II have found his advice very sound and would recommend him without reservation.
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Posted by Warren | September 21, 2010
Simply the Best!!
Bob was fabulous to work with. Very professional, honest and gets the job done.Fortuneatly, I haven't needed an attorney lately. When I do, Bob will get the call!!
Posted by Bob | September 21, 2010
President
Best firm I've ever worked with
Posted by Dave | September 21, 2010
Reference for Robert Van Siclen
Mr. Van Siclen has handled several issues for me during the last 15 years. One was a wrongful termination case, and another was against an insurance company that refused to pay the claim. There were several other cases and all were settled in my favor. I have the utmost respect for and confidence in Mr. Van Siclen.
Posted by Kris | September 20, 2010
I highly recommend Mr. VanSiclen
Mr. VanSiclen has represented me on two separate occasions. He is compassionate, forthright, and extremely capable. Bob kept me in the loop every step of the way on both cases, and was great about explaining everything that was happening. The outcome of both cases was very positive thanks to Bob's expertise and hard work.
Posted by Vivian | August 29, 2010
Former Client
I was honored to have Mr. Van Siclen represent me on a previouse accident case and found him to be professional, reliable and an overall astute attorney. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2012
Nice guy but ineffective!
I left our initial meeting feeling it was no more than a social call. My questions emailed were normally left unanswered. I was billed more than $8,000 and all that was accomplished was filing a complaint and serving its summons through a process server. A complete failure of service.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins, Inc. P.S.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Senior Partner
  • Van Siclen & Stocks
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Senior Partner
  • Robert C. Van Siclen & Associates, Inc. P.S.
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Partner
  • Smythe & Van Siclen, Inc. P.S.
  • 1980 - 1988
  • Partner
  • Schneider, Smythe, Van Siclen & Reynolds
  • 1971 - 1987
  • Associate
  • Schneider, Smythe & Salley
  • 1968 - 1970
  • Law clerk/ Legal Intern
  • Goodenough & Evans
  • 1964 - 1967
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Education

  • Willamette University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1967
  • Willamette University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1966

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Roberson
  • Defense verdict for Both Mr. and Mrs. Roberson
  • State v. Sims
  • Defense Verdict
  • Harold and Idella Everett v. State of Washington
  • Wrongful conviction reversed
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Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association; Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • 2004 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Eastern Washington)
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 1985 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation
  • 1975 - Present
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • King County Bar Association; Aviation Section
  • Charter member
  • 1972 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • 1968 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 1968 - Present
  • Auburn Chamber of Commerce
  • President 1975-76
  • 1968 - Present
  • King County Bar Association; Labor Law Section
  • 1968 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • 1968 - Present
  • United Methodist Church
  • Member
  • 1964 - Present
  • South King County YMCA
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 1971 - 1978
  • Washington State Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • State Legal Counsel 1968 - 1970
  • 1968 - 1977
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Designated as Super Lawyer
  • 2007
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbel
  • 2005
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Rating
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  • 2002
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  • 2001
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  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
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  • 1999
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbel
  • 1998
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbel
  • 1995
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbel
  • 1994
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1992
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1991
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1990
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1989
  • AV Rating
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  • 1988
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1987
  • A Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1986
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1985
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1984
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1983
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1982
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1981
  • AV Rating
  • 1980
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1979
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1978
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Publications

  • National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center
  • Defending False Allegations Involving Claims From Multiple Accusers and Multiple Perpetrators (Alleged)
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center
  • Defending High Profile Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Children
  • 2000
  • Annual Convention
  • Representing The Teacher on Probation
  • 1980
  • Annual Banquet
  • Legislative Changes
  • 1976
  • Network Attorney's Seminar
  • Defending Teacher's Termination Cases Before Hearing Examiners
  • 1975
  • Annual Meeting
  • The Business Climate in South King County
  • 1975
  • PSUC Annual Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 1973
  • Puget Sound Uniserv Council Building Rep Seminar
  • The Responsibilities of Building Representatives in Teacher Probation Cases
  • 1972
  • Annual Convention
  • Understanding Parliamentary Procedure
  • 1971
  • Annual Convention
  • Rules of Parliamentary Procedure
  • 1970
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (4)
Endorse Robert
Probate Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert is a class act and easy to work with. I've had the pleasure of working with him on a potentially contentious probate issue between siblings. However, we were able to come to an amicable resolution and our respective clients are moving forward together towards one goal."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Van Siclen is very a very knowledgeable and formidable court room opponent."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is well known for being an excellent litigator and not afraid to take on tough challenges. I've known Bob for a long time and i highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. NBo one who knows Bob Van Siclen would accuse him of being timid or unwilling to try a case if that was best for his client. He has vast trial experience and success that puts him in a very high level of advocacy few lawyers obtain. But what people may not realize until they work opposing Bob on a case is how he is expertly able to use civility as such an effective tool on behalf of his clients. Recently Bob and I were faced with a very serious and high stakes dispute between family members in a family owned corporation. Thanks is large part to Bob's insight into the legal, economic, and interpersonal issues of the case, as well as his professionalism, we were able to settle this case in a way that really was the best solution for all the parties. Bob is among the very best."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What more can you say about Bob Van Siclen other than his skill, knowledge and experience are the standards by which all attorneys' skill, knowledge and experience in South King County are measured. Simply stated, Bob is an excellent attorney."
Business Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob Van Siclen's reputation precedes him and has for years. He is one of the most aggressive advocates for his clients and you want him on your side. I endorse this lawyer's work with the highest endorsement. He has maintained the highest rating AV for years for he and his firm, and he leads a team of 6 lawyers in Auburn, known for taking after his style - aggressive and unmatched representation."
Business Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Van Siclen is an experienced and tireless advocate for all of his clients. Mr. Van Siclen is very well-respected in the legal and business communities in which he practices."
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Auburn Personal injury Lawyer Robert Craig Van Siclen
Robert Craig Van Siclen
Personal injury Attorney
Auburn, WA
Licensed for 56 years