*This is an old group shot of Washington Bike Law. Jessica, Lauranne, Bob, and Rob are all still here, but Nick Quijas, who is between Bob and Rob was our law clerk and is now a city attorney. We hope to have an updated group shot soon, when it is safe to congregate.
Washington Bike Law represents injured cyclists statewide and helps make our streets safer for everyone. Washington Bike Law is part of Anderton Law Office.
Washington Bike Law was the first organization recognized for excellence in bike-friendly business practices by Cascade Bicycle Club's BizCycle Program and the first law office in the country to be honored by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bike Friendly Business in 2009. In 2015 the League gave Washington Bike Law its Platinum Level Award for being a Bicycle Friendly Business.
Washington Bike Law does not charge to review potential claims and will provide realistic feedback regarding whether it makes sense to hire a lawyer in your particular situation. If you are represented by Washington Bike Law, you don't have to worry about paying your lawyers. Washington Bike Law advances necessary costs related to your claim and you don't pay fees unless they successfully resolve your claim.
Bob Anderton heads Washington Bike Law. Bob is a daily bike commuter with over two decades of experience in successfully representing injured bicyclists. Bob didn't set out to be a bike lawyer. Perhaps because the idea of a "bike lawyer" didn’t exist as bicyclists started becoming the majority of Bob's clients. Today, bike law represents more than 90% of Bob's work.
Bob is Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5 . This is the highest possible rating for Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, and Legal Experience. Bob is a Member of National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 Trial Lawyers. AVVO rates Bob as a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 for experience, industry recognition and professional conduct.
Bob is uniquely qualified to help injured bicyclists. This is not just because he is a bike person himself, but because he has already represented bicyclists in almost every factual scenario imaginable. He's helped countless people who've been doored, T-boned, rear-ended, right-hooked, left-hooked or even thrown from their bikes by roads not fit for ordinary travel. Bob has the experience to know from the outset what arguments are likely to be made and how to best advocate for his bike clients.
Bob enjoys writing and has a degree in journalism. His scholarly work was published in the Iowa Law Review in 1992. Later in the 1990s, Bob served as a reporter and editor for publications of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now the Washington State Association for Justice) and the Washington State Bar Association. From 2001 to 2005, Bob was editor of The Bar Bulletin, the King County Bar Association’s official publication.
Bob serves on the board of Bike Works (BW) and has been a volunteer and donor to BW for over a decade. BW promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities.
Bob is also on the board of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG). SNG is a grassroots coalition of neighborhood groups that plan and advocate for safe and comfortable streets for all. SNG has neighborhood groups in the following parts of Seattle:
Attorney Jessica Cutler is a former professional bike racer who has also worked as a bike messenger. She was admitted to the Washington Bar in 2010 and is an Eagle Member of the Washington State Association for Justice. Jessica's passion for cycling as well as her deep knowledge of our state's bicycle infrastructure and conventions make her a great addition to our team. Jessica practices bike law like she rides a bike: passionately.
Jessica rides for fitness, fun, and everyday transportation. She regularly volunteers her time in the local cycling community to teach safe riding and racing techniques. Jessica is a long-time member of the Washington State Bicycle Association and a co-founder of the nonprofit Northwest Women's Cyclocross Project - a program that seeks to identify and develop young racers while working to create greater accessibility to the sport.
Rob Levin is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and has been practicing law in Washington for more than 25 years. Rob is a bike commuter and an avid recreational rider. Rob knows first-hand how insurers evaluate and settle cases. Before joining Washington Bike Law, Rob represented major insurance companies in coverage cases and also defended their insureds in civil litigation. His experience as a defense attorney gives him perspective on how to develop stronger cases for Washington Bike Law's individual clients.
Rob's background also includes representing plaintiffs in personal injury and property damage cases and defendants in criminal proceedings. In law school, Rob clerked for Evergreen Legal Services, the precursor to Columbia Legal Services.
Originally from Detroit, Rob moved to Washington after falling in love with the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. He and his wife, also a lawyer, have two incredible kids and are passionate about exploring the Pacific Northwest on bike and by foot. Rob and his family also have two Flat-Coated Retrievers who provide them with added joy.
Paralegal and Office Manager
Growing up in the French Alps, riding bicycles has always been a daily part of Lauranne Bindel's life. She graduated from law school in France and is admitted to the Paris Bar.
After moving to the US with her husband, Lauranne worked as a paralegal for over ten years (she is not licensed to practice law in the US), and had three kids along the way. She is raising them to be avid bicyclists. Lauranne deeply cares about law, bikes and people.
Paralegal and Bike Commuting Ambassador
Elizabeth joined Washington Bike Law during the pandemic. She is an energetic bike commuter from Bainbridge Island who also serves on the board of Squeaky Wheels, works as a realtor, and is trained in Wilderness Medicine.
Elizabeth loves making community events happen and has the organizational skills to keep individual cases moving forward. Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish.
Paralegal and Bike Racing Ambassador
Sheri is a reliably positive person at Washington Bike Law. She has a degree in psychology and worked as a social worker and a paralegal before taking a break from paid work to raise two daughters. In 2016, she and her family moved from Iowa to the Pacific Northwest where they enjoy being able to ride and race on roads, gravel, mud and actual mountains.
Sheri is a long-time volunteer with the Washington Student Cycling League and mountain biking coach.