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Robin Janine Shishido

Civil rights Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2013
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Robin Shishido
705 Second Avenue
Suite 1500
Seattle, WA, 98104

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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hardworking & Great Outcome
Robin Shishido is an incredible attorney! When I first came to her with my legal issue, I was overwhelmed and scared and she made me feel like my case was totally taken care of. More than that, she did her due diligence and always kept me in the loop. She made me feel like we were a team and that justice was inevitable— in my circumstances, at the time, that was a huge sense of relief. I’m completely satisfied with how my case concluded and I feel she and I will still have a good connection going into the future.
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Posted by April | November 10, 2023
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Principled and bold - a force for women facing maternity discrimination
I wholeheartedly recommend Robin Shishido as an exceptional attorney, whose expertise, empathy, and tenacity were instrumental in my maternity discrimination case. As a senior woman in the technology sector, I faced unexpected and disheartening challenges this year. During my FMLA-protected maternity leave, a newly appointed male CEO began reorganizing the company’s leadership, significantly impacting senior female staff in favor of bringing in white men from his previous company. Amidst this upheaval, I was unjustly demoted and faced a substantial salary reduction. Navigating these circumstances was incredibly tough, especially while recovering from childbirth. After a disappointing start with another attorney, I was fortunate to find Robin. From our first interaction, she stood out as not just a lawyer, but as a fierce advocate for justice. Robin’s approach was a perfect blend of empathy, decisiveness, and boldness. Her empathy provided much-needed emotional support during this challenging time. She was not just a legal advisor; she was a confidante and ally who understood the nuances and emotional toll of my situation. Her decisiveness and clarity in strategy were impressive. Robin swiftly grasped the complexities of my case, laying out a clear path forward. Her confidence and straightforward approach were reassuring, making me feel secure in her hands. Robin’s boldness was important as she confronted this discrimination head-on with compelling arguments and a well-crafted narrative that highlighted the injustice I faced. Her ability to articulate the nuances of maternity discrimination law, combined with her passion for defending women’s rights in the workplace, was pivotal in achieving a favorable outcome. Robin helped me navigate a complex landscape, ensuring that my rights were protected and that I received fair compensation for the undue hardship I endured. Her unwavering commitment to my case restored my faith in the legal system and, more importantly, in my own resilience. It is without any reservation that I recommend Robin Shishido for anyone seeking an attorney who is not only skilled in employment law but who also brings a deeply human touch to her practice. Her blend of empathy, decisiveness, and boldness makes her an outstanding attorney and advocate.
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Posted by Jared | July 20, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful, responsive, and took the time to explain my legal options
I reached out to Robin Shishido to help me understand the severance agreement provided as a part of my layoff. Since I'm over 40 years old, the layoff notice was required to include additional information related to OWBPA and ADEA, but I was concerned my former employer wasn't meeting all of the requirements. Robin gave an initial estimate for time required to review the document and applicable laws and stayed within that estimate. Although she was busy with other issues, she remained responsive and mindful of the timeline/deadline we discussed for resolution. Although Robin didn't find any issues directly related to my concerns, she found several other issues in the severance agreement, gave her opinion on legal gray areas that may be an issue in the future, and her opinion on what may happen if we follow up with the employer with those concerns. Most importantly, Robin took the time to explain the important parts of the document and their related laws, ensuring that I clearly understood what was being covered. Although I didn't have an issue that could turn into a big payout, Robin still made me feel that my issue was just as important as any other. For this reason alone, I will be reaching out to Robin Shishido in the future if I need an employment attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Strategic, empathetic, and client-focused
As I suspect is the case with most individuals who engage civil rights attorneys, I found Robin’s services during a very difficult time, both personally and professionally. Even though I’m an attorney myself, I don’t practice employment law or civil litigation, and I truly had no idea if what I was going through was unlawful or just unpleasant. A friend encouraged me to call Robin for a free consultation, and I am so glad I did. From our very first interaction, Robin was professional, empathetic, and open-minded. Moreover, she struck the rare balance of being a good listener while also being sure to ask strategic questions to ensure she received comprehensive information about my situation that was as free from my own bias as possible. When you’re experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace, it’s hard, if not impossible, to separate the personal impacts you suffer from the legal issues at play – Robin is masterful at that task, but she never fails to engage with you as a whole person, not just a legal client. Robin was always available when I needed her, but never overbearing. She interacted with me respectfully and as a thought partner, but she also shouldered the load of the often-unpleasant discourse that comes with negotiating with an antagonistic employer. She was efficient about the time she billed to my case and always kept me in the loop. I could keep going, but in short, in a time that was otherwise quite difficult and dark for me, Robin provided a beacon of light, support, and skilled legal representation that brought me a far more beneficial result than I ever thought I deserved, let alone would be able to obtain. I can’t recommend her services strongly enough, although I hope you never need to use them.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2023
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So grateful
I reached out to Robin when I was unexpectedly terminated from my role during my pregnancy. From our first consult to reaching a settlement, she not only fought for me, but also made me feel heard and validated throughout. As a woman, mother, and person of color, I often question myself and my experiences; however, Robin took the time to listen to me and affirmed that what I was experiencing at work prior to my termination were not appropriate or normal. Her empathy and understanding really helped me feel supported and empowered during one of the most difficult periods of my life. Robin's dedication to her clients goes far beyond just legal representation. She cares deeply about the well-being of those she works with and understands the intersectionality of their experiences. Her advocacy on my behalf helped me to secure a settlement with terms that could help me move on. I would highly recommend Robin to anyone seeking legal representation. Without Robin's help, I don't think I would be in the place I am today, and for that, I am incredibly grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest, knowledgeable, and prompt
Robin is very knowledgeable, keeps her clients informed, and clearly explains the legal process. I would highly recommend working with her!
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, a strong combination of sharp lawyering and interpersonal skills
I had an excellent experience with Robin and her firm. I would highly recommend her and them. I contacted Robin when I encountered difficulties with my longtime employer regarding my established disability accommodations. After a change in leadership, my employer failed to implement the accommodation as required, and I was being stonewalled in my own efforts to remedy the situation. When I contacted Robin, my goal was to restore proper implementation of my accommodations without a lawsuit and, ideally, without souring my good relations with colleagues. Both were achieved. Although it was not a high dollar matter, this felt like a David v. Goliath situation, potentially impacting my career and livelihood. Robin was adept at handling my situation and took the time to counsel me about my rights and options; assist with highly-nuanced correspondence; and competently and compassionately listen, educated, and advise me. Her commitment to my situation was reassuring and helped lower my anxiety and improve my sleep. The process was drawn out by my employer (a large state agency), but ultimately we reached a good result, with recodification of my accommodations and an improved procedural plan going forward, to help prevent a similar issue ever arising again. With her unique combination of legal talent and emotional intelligence, I consider Robin to be well-suited for cases such as mine. I have no reservations about recommending her and trust she would be honest and accurate about her ability and availability to help someone.
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Posted by Holly | February 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
Robin was engaged, personable, and knowledgeable. We had a great experience with her, and highly recommend her and her firm.
Posted by Alex | January 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Decision Ever
I reached out to Robin originally for a consultation for a potential discrimination lawsuit recently and was not disappointed. After speaking for some time and hearing the compassion in Robin's voice, we decided to move forward with the case and I hired Robin. Robin is extremely emotionally supportive, and constatnly assuring, making me feel safe and protected against the other party. Most importantly, I felt validated. Robin is very quick with her thinking and gives 100% effort. Every process was explained to me with clarity and she was very helpful if there were any questions or uncertanties. Robin was not only my lawyer, but my cheerleader and that made a huge impact. My life has changed for the better after my experience and I will never forget!
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Posted by Jeremy | January 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Robin helped me navigate and settle a career altering employment law case.
Robin and her law firm helped me navigate an employment law case where I was discriminated against and illegally terminated for issues out of my own control. Robin was extremely helpful, professional, and took her own personal time to explain every thing to me so I knew what was going on with the case and what to expect. Every time I had questions she responded with alacrity. Her team helped me navigate a difficult legal issue that in the end helped change a large employers practices for the better. I can’t express my appreciation for what Shishido Taren Goldsworthy PLLC did for me. Robin helped me prepare for the case and depositions and was extremely thorough in her interviews with those she was deposing. I felt prepared and confident in what to expect and her thoroughness helped me be successful in this employment case. I couldn’t be happier with the result.
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Posted by Nicole | December 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I wish everyone could have a lawyer like Robin Shishido representing them
When I first reached out to Shishido Taren Goldsworthy I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, and was exhausted from the harassment and discrimination that I was experiencing at work. Even though Robin Shishido had been highly recommended to me, I was feeling pretty low and so I didn’t have much hope or understanding of what else could be done. However, it seemed easy enough to send a short email through the website, and so I did. Robin contacted me quickly and set up a time for a free consultation. From that first consultation, and throughout the entirety of the of the time that she represented me, Robin impressed me with the depths of her sincere empathy and her passion to stand up with/for people experiencing these injustices. I remain deeply grateful for her integrity, as well as her obvious respect and consideration for me as a client. While always maintaining a very high level of professionalism and empathy, Robin also always gave it to me straight, being very clear about expectations, as well as the strengths and potential weaknesses of my claims, and answering my questions with a directness and honesty that consistently placed me at ease knowing that neither her time nor my time was being wasted. During the period of time in which I was being billed by the hour, Robin gave me a regular accounting update in scrupulous detail (unasked), showing a real consideration for the costs that I was incurring, as well as a high level of accountability that, again, really put me at ease. I strongly believe that Robin always kept my interests front of mind, giving me really clear explanations of my options and their risk and potential impact. What I really needed more than anything was some justice, and I really appreciated that Robin, (and by extension Jordan Taren, and also Rick Goldsworthy who became involved towards the end) understood that on a very real level, they get the complexities of discrimination, it’s underlying issues and the trauma that it inflicts. However, something that I only very recently came to realize is how very much Robin actually went out of her way to be extra supportive of the traumatic experience I was going through. I suppose when we are undergoing intense difficulty, we can unfortunately really overlook the lengths that some people go to support us, and that combined with what I think is Robin's natural way of downplaying her own significant talent and efforts, as well as her constant and distinct professionalism really made it seem like she was just doing her job. However, in my line of work I know how hard it can be to establish and hold professional boundaries when the person you are helping is undergoing a difficult or even traumatic experience, while still showing the empathy you feel and also ensuring that the process is productive and Robin did that so gracefully that I didn't even realize it until now when I have finally made it to a place where I can move on from this experience, and have paused to look back. I felt only support and encouragement from her at all times. I just want to end by stating, unequivocally, that I would not have made it to this point without an advocate as uniquely capable and passionately driven to represent her clients as Robin Shishido, and I am genuinely honored to recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Aaron | November 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Robin was great!
Robin was outstanding throughout the whole process, which lasted about a year and a half. She answered all questions the best she could, gave timely information, explained exactly how things were going to work, and generally made the process significantly less stressful than it otherwise could have been. Outstanding work. I cannot thank her enough.
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Posted by David | August 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Crisp, clear, excellent advice
Robin guided me through the process of leaving my employer on my own terms. She provided detailed, clear, and realistic guidance. I would like to call out in particular her attention to documents related to my case--she read them all very scrupulous care, truly understood my situation, and helped me make the strongest possible case in writing. She cares and pays attention. I was clear on the process from beginning to end, including what I would be charged. Expectations were clear. Follow-up and follow-through all on-point. I would (and have) recommend her to anyone who needs help knowing their rights in the workplace, and getting the best deal for themselves.
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Posted by Norma | April 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Exactly what I needed
I contacted Robin (she was referred to me) when I believed I was wrongfully terminated from my job as an executive in the financial industry. From the very get go, Robin gave me her full attention and honest professional opinions. She agreed to take my case, but before I did she was very clear and honest about the possibilities and the risk. Robin was responsive and communicated frequently with me, even though she had a full caseload. Her professionalism and compassion were outstanding, giving me the hope and confidence I needed during a stressful time. But the most important thing Robin did was that she believed me when I told her I was wrongfully terminated and unfairly treated. From that moment, she worked as my partner, discussing every option and even at times telling me what I needed to hear when I let my emotions (mostly anger) take ahold of me. Everything she advised was spot on throughout the entire process. Robin worked hard to get me a fair severance settlement, which kept me from having to endure a long and expensive process. That allowed me to move on, knowing that I got justice and that the company was held accountable for unfair employment practices. I am most grateful for having the opportunity to work with Robin and her team and I give her my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Beyond Grateful
My gratitude for Robin is beyond words. After suffering years of race and gender discrimination, my law firm attempted to turn the tables on me and I was left completely gutted. Robin's guidance, expertise, and compassion made an otherwise difficult process so much more bearable and she was able to secure a generous settlement for me. Many, many, thanks for advocating for me and helping me close one of the most challenging chapters of my life.
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Posted by Patty | March 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Robin was very thorough in her review of my case and was able to negotiate a higher severance package for me. She is thoughtful, smart, respectful and a very good attorney. I would highly recommend Robin and her law firm to any of my friends, family or acquaintances who are in need of employment law representation.
Posted by Nanehe | October 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond, incredible experience
I can't say enough about how much I LOVED working with these two lawyers. Both Robyn and Jordan empowered me and advocated on my behalf in away that has brought me so much healing. i came to them incredibly skeptical and fearful but they dispelled those fears. They were open, honest and empethetic towards me, and totally fearless and brilliant working with my case. I am so happy with how my case ended and thankful that I had the two of them by my side.
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Posted by Alicia | September 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
incredible, supportive lawyer who exceeded my expectations
As a client, I felt so supported by Jordan and Robin. Their knowledge of laws and similar cases across King County and Washington State were so helpful in my case. They both made me feel confident in my case. I am so pleased with the outcome of my case. Even if I had been disappointed with the outcome, I would have still recommended these two outstanding lawyers. They really fought for me and made me feel validated and supported. I also appreciated how open our communication was. I could always reach out to them with questions or concerns and they replied promptly. I will forever refer them to friends and family members.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!
I hired Robin and Jordan for my case and they exceeded my expectations, even when the going got tough and certain situations became complicated they pulled through without fail. They listened to my concerns, advised me when needed, and always had options for me. I was very impressed with how quickly my case was resolved and the outcome was more than I could ever ask for. They made every effort to fight for me and always made sure I was updated with every move they went forward with. They are genuine and always had my best interest at heart. They went above and beyond their duties. Their confidence never diminished in this difficult case, especially when I lost faith in myself. Their encouragement and support made this journey much easier for me. They gave me my life back and I'm finally able to move on. I hope to never have to go through a case like this again, but if it did, I will go to them without hesitation. Outstanding job!
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Posted by Marianna | June 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer! Listens to client's needs & works like a boss!
I had the pleasure of being represented by Robin Shishido. I would recommend her and her firm to anyone needing representation. She is not only well-versed in law, but able to see a problem from many different viewpoints, plus she is sharp and witty with her results. She listened well to my needs and information and used it to our advantage for a win! She is the kind of fighter you want in your corner, because she not only has a winning mentality, but a bulldog attitude I very much appreciated! Thanks again, Robin!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shishido Taren Goldsworthy PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Blankenship Law Firm, PS
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Beth Baker
  • Montana Supreme Court
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Judicial Extern
  • U.S. District Court
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Judicial Extern
  • U.S.Court Of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Legal Intern
  • Alaska Department of Law Office of the Attorney General
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Honorable Susan Craighead
  • King County Superior Court
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Governor's Fellow - Public Defender Department
  • Governor Bill Richardson, State of New Mexico
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • MA - Masters - Philosophy
  • 2009
  • St. John's College
  • MA - Masters - Classics
  • 2007
  • Colorado College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Morgan and Rice v. Seattle Fire Department and City of Seattle
  • Confidential
  • Brown v. AutoZone
  • Confidential
  • Miranda v. Alaska Longline (U.S. District Court W.D. Wash.)
  • $1.85 Million - Public Settlement
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Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Eagle Member
  • 2024 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Board Member, Officer
  • 2020 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2024
  • Rising Star
  • Thompson Reuters
  • 2023
  • Student Public Service Award
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • 2011

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Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Robin is a tenacious litigator who is dedicated to her clients and their needs. She works tirelessly, and is able to find smart and creative solutions to achieve great results."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Robin is a passionate advocate who treats her clients with the care and respect they deserve. She is a formidable litigator who works tirelessly for her clients. I very strongly recommend her services."
Employment and labor
Civil rights

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Seattle Civil rights Lawyer Robin Janine Shishido
Robin Janine Shishido
Civil rights Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 11 years