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Robert J. Gaudet, Jr. was inspired by the civil rights movement to become a lawyer and work for social justice.  He studied theology at Oxford and discovered that the representation of plaintiffs who were injured by other people was consistent with his sense of moral purpose in the legal profession.


Mr. Gaudet is a plaintiff's civil rights, human rights, employment, wage and hour, and discrimination lawyer.  He has litigated major cases regarding consumer protection, RICO, Bivens Constitutional rights, breach of contract, fraud, and other cases across the United States, some of which were reported on The Today Show and in various newspapers and legal trade publications. He is licensed in Texas and Washington and works with lawyers in other jurisdictions, e.g., Virgina, California, and New York.  He also represents a leading micro-finance institution, Oikocredit, that manages nearly $1 billion in assets with loan transactions in the United States.


Mr. Gaudet served as co-chair and vice-chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law Human Rights Committee, is now a member; is currently a board member of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children; and is a member of Public Justice. He was chair of the Lawyers Tent City Task Force, providing free legal clinics for homeless residents of Seattle’s Tent Cities; a volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission legal clinics; Parliamentarian of the King County Democratic Central Committee; and chair of a Washington State Bar Association Civil Rights Committee investigation into racial discrimination in the Olympic Peninsula.


During law school, Mr. Gaudet worked as a summer associate at Ness Motley Loadholt Richardson & Poole PA; Baker Botts; Bear Stearns Risk Arbitrage Desk; Susman Godfrey; Roberts Sheridan Kotel; and Habitat for Humanity International’s Legal Department. Mr. Gaudet is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington.   


Prior to law school, Mr. Gaudet worked as a paralegal at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, by assisting prosecutions of police officers, e.g., Louisiana officers who killed a civilian woman who complained about excessive force to the Internal Affairs Division; compiling a database of hate crimes against Muslim mosques and institutions; and by assisting prosecutions for peonage and racial violence.  He interned for the Clinton White House Office of Public Liaison; the Democratic National Committee Office of Latino Affairs; and Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA).


During college, Mr. Gaudet worked as a Peace Monitor for the Wits/Vaal Regional Peace Secretariat around Johannesburg, South Africa to help ensure a smooth transition from apartheid to democracy under the auspices of the National Peace Accord.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 20%
    13 years, 25 cases
  2. Contracts: 20%
    4 cases
  3. Employment: 20%
  4. Discrimination: 10%
    13 years, 4 cases
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Stefan Shaibani

    I highly recommend Robert Gaudet as a plaintiffs' litigation attorney whose experience in products liability, class actions and civil RICO cases is outstanding. Robert is passionate about his clients and seeks to achieve justice for their cause against large corporations with vast resources.


    Stefan Shaibani Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Elizabeth Ann Hanley

    Rob's intelligence, perseverence, and talent for presenting legal argument make him an outstanding advocate.


    Elizabeth Hanley Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

RJ Gaudet & Associates L.L.C.

800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA, 98104-3100

RJ Gaudet & Associates LLC

3116 Devils Tower Circle
El Paso, TX, 79904



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201507/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Fulbright Grant to the European UnionU.S. Government2007
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Young Lawyers Division2004
Certificate of AppreciationWashington Young Lawyers Division2003
Half-BlueOxford University1999
Rotary Club ScholarshipRotary Club of Israel1996
Columbia College Human Rights ScholarshipColumbia University1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateHagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, Llp2002 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMembrer2015 - Present
Public JusticeMember2009 - Present
Lawyers Helping Hungry ChildrenBoard Member2006 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
WSBA International Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association SIL International Human Rights CommitteeCo-chair2009 - 2011
Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury LawyersMember2009 - 2013
American Bar Association SIL Human Rights CommitteeVice-chair2007 - 2009
Lawyers Tent City Task ForceChair2004 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sullivan v. DB Investments, Inc.N/A
Barboni v. Republic of Argentinapending
Teun van Riel Horse Supplements et al v. Juan Ayora et al.Settlements and Default Judgments Against Defendants
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Publication nameTitleDate
Law360An Uncertain Fate For Class Counsel Fees in Calif.2016
International Bar Association Negligences and Damages Section NewsletterUntangling Cross-Border Traffic Accidents in the European Union and the United States2010
The International LawyerPublic Procurement Year in Review: The Balkans2010
European Competition Law ReviewTurning a Blind Eye: European Commission's Rejection of Opt-out Class Actions Overlooks Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Dutch Experiences2009
The International LawyerInt'l Legal Developments in Review: 2008: Human rights2009
The Young LawyerEscape hatch to the globe2008
Global GavelClass Actions Roll Across Europe: Part II of II2008
WSTLA Trial NewsClass Action Fairness Act: A Practical Guide for Washington Practitioners2005
The Baltimore SunProgressive and proud2002
The Stanford DailyThe need for global justice2001
The Baltimore SunLove, peace and boxing1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stockholm University Faculty of LawEuropean Union LawLL.M - Master of Laws2008
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Oxford UniversityTheologyPost-graduate2000
Oxford UniversityReligious StudiesMA - Masters1999
Columbia UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Russia Skype Presentation to Law Students at Udmurtia State University, Izhevsk, RussiaAmerican Justice on a Massive Scale: Class Action Lawsuits2016
Stanford Beyond the Farm Day of Service at Reynolds Home For Homeless WomenA Fair Day's Pay For a Fair Day's Work: The Fair Labor Standards Act2015
The BriefEU Class Actions, Horse Meat in Irish Hamburgers, Google's Cookies2013
Increasing Access to Justice Through EU Class Actions: A Conference For Policy-Makers and LitigatorsIntroductory Remarks; Panel on The New Paternalism: Why Some Trust Governments and NGOs More Than People to File Class Actions2012
Lecture to Udmurt State University Law Students, RussiaAmerican Law: Class Actions2011
Lecture to Udmurt State University Law Students, RussiaAmerican Law: Civil Litigation2011
Lecture to Udmurt State University Law Students, RussiaAmerican Law: Freedom of Speech2011
American Bar Association Section of International Law ConferenceGypsy Justice: Plight of Roma, Irish Travellers & Nomads2011
PEOPIL Conference, Geneva, SwitzerlandAccess to Justice in Mass Torts2010
American Bar Association Section of International Law Fall Conference, Paris, FranceInternational Criminal Courts: How Do We Measure Success?2010
Fulbright Awards Ceremony, Stockholm, SwedenClass Actions in Europe2008