Robert L. Israel

Of Counsel | Seattle | 206.223.7000 |

Bob Israel is one of the Firm’s premier trial attorneys. He is Past Chair of the Lane Powell London Practice Group and has been principally responsible for numerous high profile, complex coverage cases on behalf of the Firm’s insurance clients. His practice focus has included insurance coverage litigation, products liability, asbestos, reinsurance and railroad litigation as well as appellate practice.

Tort and Professional Liability

  • Insurance Litigation; Negligence and Products
  • Liability Litigation; Railroad Litigation

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington


  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1969)
  • University of Washington (B.A., magna cum laude,1966)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Group and Specialty Team Membership

  • Insurance
  • Products Liability and Mass Torts Litigation
  • Railroad and Mass Transportation

Representative Cases

  • Head of the Joint Defense Counsel in Alcoa v. Accident and Casualty on behalf of Lloyd’s of London — an environmental coverage litigation.
  • Lead trial counsel representing Lloyd’s of London in Boeing v. Aetna — an environmental coverage litigation
  • Head of Joint Defense Counsel in Paccar v. Alba, et al., on behalf of Lloyd’s of London — an environmental coverage litigation
  • Represented Rapid American Corp., HK Porter, Southern Asbestos, WR Grace, USX Corp., and PPG in the defense of asbestos personal injuries litigation since 1979
  • Represented local construction companies in the defense of EPA claims for environmental asbestos regulation violations

Awards and Honors

  • Named 36 consecutive years as AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Professional and Community Activities

  • Founder, Court Liaison Counsel and President, Washington Asbestos Defense Association (1979-1986)
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
    • Member (1970-Present)
    • Board of Trustees (1982-1989)
    • President (1987-1988)
  • Judge Pro Tem, Arbitrator, Mediator and Discovery Master, King County Superior Court
  • Recipient, Defense Research Institute and Trial Lawyers Association
    • Exceptional Performance Citation (1988)
  • King County Delay Reduction Task Force (1988-1989)
  • King County Arbitration Committee (1987-1989)
  • King County Bar Association Court Congestion Committee (1986-1987)
  • Washington State Bar Association

Robert L. Israel

Of Counsel | Seattle | 206.223.7000 |