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Robert M. Kraft has been involved in the practice of maritime injury law since 1980. His clients include commercial fisherman, tug and barge workers, blue water seamen, Washington State Ferry workers, cruise ship passengers and crew, and people injured on recreational vessels. He has earned a reputation of being a lawyer who will not accept settlement offers that do not represent the value of the case, and defendant vessel owners and their insurers know he is willing and able to take a case to trial to obtain the best result for the client. Rob is known for obtaining not only great trial results but also for settlements that are in the client's favor.
Rob recognizes that the most important part of being a lawyer is communicating frequently with his clients to be certain the client has all information that is necessary to understand the status of his or her case, and to insure the client is fully involved in decisions that need to be made. Together with 35+ years of handling and trying maritime cases and accumulating the knowledge and skill this experience has provided him, Rob views full and complete communication with his clients as his top priority. While it is true that he has greatly enjoyed many outstanding verdicts and settlements over the years, it is the relationships with clients that provides him with the greatest satisfaction.
Rob and his wife have been married for over 30 years, and they have two grown children. Rob plays bass in both a rhythm and blues band and a rock 'n roll band, and loves to golf when the weather is good. He considers himself extremely fortunate to have a career that provides great satisfaction going up against top-flight maritime lawyers, vessel owners and their insurance companies. He looks forward to many more years enjoying his practice and representing seamen who have experienced life altering injuries.
- A verdict of $2,372,323 against the state of Washington in favor of a Washington State Ferry oiler who slipped on a slick ladder rung while transferring sand in the vessel’s bilge and developed career ending fibromyalgia.
- A verdict of $1,107,508 against the state of Washington for injuries to three crew members on board a Washington State ferry who suffered occupational asthma as a result of an exposure to toxic chlorine gas on the ferry.
- A verdict of $781,990 against the state of Washington in favor of a Washington State ferry ordinary seaman who suffered a low back injury operating a defective buffer in the vessel’s cabin.
- A verdict of $558,654 against Crowley Marine Services, Inc. in favor of a chief mate who fell between two barges into Puget Sound as a result of the company’s violation of the 12 Hour Rule which resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder.
- A verdict of $552,638 against Fresco Shipping, S.A. in favor of a Foss Maritime Company chief engineer who suffered disabling arm injuries a result of an oil tanker crew’s failure to lower a mooring line in a safe manner.
- A verdict of $300,000 against Crowley Maritime for a tankerman injured while attempting to transfer 3-4 feet from a dock ladder to a barge.
- A verdict of $295,226 against the state of Washington on behalf of a concessions worker aboard the Washington State Ferries who injured her back while attempting to open a beer keg tap that was frozen stuck.
J.D., University of Puget Sound, 1980
B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1976
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