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Robert A. Blackstone

BlackstoneRobert
Partner
Partner-in-Charge, Seattle
T206.757.8202
F206.757.7202
Bob Blackstone counsels clients on strategic labor and employment law problems, including labor relations planning, executive employment and separation agreements, noncompetition and trade secret matters, and issues regarding technology in the workplace. Bob has substantial experience defending employers in litigation and arbitration, and is a chief collective bargaining negotiator for clients in the retail, food processing, cable and broadcast television industries.

Bob's clients include: Bank of America, ConocoPhillips, Diebold, KIRO-TV, MulvannyG2 Architecture, Novell, Pan Pacific Hotels, Premera, Providence Health Systems, REI, Starbucks, Virginia Mason Medical Center and Whole Foods Market.

Practice Highlights
  • Successfully managed opposition to a union organizing campaign in a technical unit of 90 employees; employer prevailed by 2:1 margin
  • Successfully negotiated new collective bargaining agreements for a large commercial printing company and for two plants of a major frozen food processor, including wage freezes and increased employee contributions to health care costs
  • Assisted a multinational employer in resolving a difficult sexual harassment complaint involving a high-level executive in a foreign office
  • Counseled an employer regarding difficult labor and employment issues in a complex corporate restructuring
  • Successfully mediated several significant executive employment disputes
  • Successfully negotiated the resolution of multiple whistleblower and discrimination claims made by the general counsel of a major financial institution, avoiding threatened litigation
  • Negotiated difficult and complex separations of the long-term president of a major health care institution and the CEO of a publicly traded technology company
  • Handled multiple labor arbitrations for a Fortune 100 company
  • Successfully resolved multiple collective bargaining contracts for employers in various industries, including food processing, transportation, and food service, including establishing for the first time an employee obligation to contribute to health care costs

Representative Experience

Employment counseling for large health care employer

Counseled a large health care employer regarding difficult labor and employment issues in a complex corporate restructuring.

Employment counseling for major financial institution

Resolution of discrimination claims. Read more

Employment counseling for major health care institution

Negotiated difficult and complex separation of the long-term president of a major health care institution.

Employment counseling for multinational employer

Assisted a multinational employer in resolving a difficult sexual harassment complaint involving a high-level executive in a foreign office.

Employment counseling for technology company

Negotiated complex separation of the CEO of a publicly traded technology company.

Labor relations for cable television company

Opposition to union organization. Read more

Labor relations for commercial printing company

Successfully negotiated new collective bargaining agreements for a large commercial printing company.

Labor relations for Fortune 100 company

Multiple labor arbitrations for a Fortune 100 company.

Labor relations for frozen food processor

Successfully negotiated new collective bargaining agreements for two plants of a major frozen food processor, including wage freezes and increased employee contributions to health care costs.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Trustee; Member, Executive Committee; Chair, Legal Committee – Museum of Flight, Seattle
  • Management Co-chair, Whistleblower Subcommittee, 2009; Management Co-chair, Subcommittee on Covenants Not to Compete and Trade Secrets, 2003-2007 – Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, Washington State Bar Association, 2007
  • Chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, King County Bar Association, 1996-1997
  • Chair, Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Law Conference, 1996

Professional Recognition

  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Named one of "America's Leading Business Lawyers" in Labor & Employment (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2004-2013
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Labor and Employment Law by Best Lawyers, 1995-present
  • Selected to "Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers," 2008-2009; "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2007-2013