Since 1972, ROBERT T. CZEISLER has been a trusted member of the greater Seattle legal profession. With over 30 years of experience in family law, his practice now focuses on estate planning and probate, real estate, and mediation.
Protecting Civil Liberties
After graduating from Yale College, Mr. Czeisler attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was on the Law Review. He then was a law clerk for Judge Constance Baker Motley, the first African-American woman appointed to the federal bench. As the Legal Director of the Washington State ACLU, he successfully represented Captain Susan Struck all the way to the US Supreme Court, preventing the Air Force from discharging her on the sole basis of her pregnancy and causing all branches of the Armed Services to provide women with six months paid leave instead of discharge. At the Supreme Court level, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became co-counsel.
Caring for the Mentally Ill
As Law Reform Attorney at the Seattle Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Czeisler defended the right for people with mental illness to fight against involuntary commitment. In two notable cases, the Commitment Act was ruled unconstitutional. In Levias, the Washington Supreme Court established that a person could not be committed unless the evidence was “clear, cogent, and convincing.” A longtime member of the Washington State Bar Association, Mr. Czeisler served on the Board of the Washington Young Lawyers Committee. He was also on the King County Mental Health Advisory Board, seeking to establish community based treatment programs.
Securing Your Future
After going into private practice, at Davidson, Czeisler & Kilpatric, Mr. Czeisler provided legal help to the fishing industry. In addition, he represented injured fishermen, patients, and other victims of personal injuries. For several decades, he provided legal services in family law matters including pre-nuptial agreements, post marriage property agreements, mediation, and the trial court and appellate courts. He also provides legal services to small business and real estate matters. For the last decade, he has been representing clients in estate planning, including the preparation of wills, the amendment of wills, and probate work after the death of a loved ones.
Serving the Fishing Industry
Besides practicing law, Mr. Czeisler became involved in the North Pacific Fishery, first as a business manager of a trawler/crabber in Alaska and as a founding director of the United Catcher Boats (of which he is presently Secretary), a catcher-boat organization of fishing boat owners. He represented UCB regarding the allocation of fish between inshore and offshore interests and between different types of fishing gear. In addition, he participated in the drafting and passage of the American Fisheries Act.
Serving the Community
Mr. Czeisler has been active on various Boards, including the Montebello Owner’s Corporation, as its first President. It is an association representing the home owners at a Whistler resort community.
Highest Ranking by His Peers
For over 20 years, Mr. Czeisler has received the AV Preeminent Rating (the highest rating awarded) from Martindale-Hubbell, the world’s most trusted legal resource since 1887. This peer review rating is based on Mr. Czeisler’s professional excellence in both legal ability and ethical standards.