Rebecca Roe

Attorney

206.622.8000

roe@sgb-law.com

Bio

Becky Roe has been a tenacious trial attorney for more than 35 years. Born and raised in Seattle, she graduated from Nathan Hale High School, University of Washington and Seattle University law school. Becky went directly from law school to the King County Prosecutors Office when she co-founded the Special Assault Unit in 1979. This unit was one of the first in the nation to specially focus on the prosecution of sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and homicide. During these years, Becky was a member of several committees and task forces addressing issues of abuse recovery and sentencing. She volunteered extensively with community organizations addressing these same issues.

After leaving the Prosecutors Office in 1994, Becky has continued her work in private practice representing crime victims against individual perpetrators, the State (primarily the Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Corrections), churches, schools, and other organizations that fail to protect children in their care. She represents many victims of crime as well as people injured in accidents or otherwise harmed by the negligence of others. Becky has always been a leader among lawyers in her specialty area. In 1986, she co-authored the first nationwide manual for the prosecution of child abuse; an updated edition is still in use in many prosecutors’ offices throughout the United States. Wage and Hour Class Actions and Employment Discrimination are other areas of Becky’s practice. She has been lead trial lawyer in Class Action cases against Taco Bell, Walmart, and similar establishments in Washington and Oregon. Becky’s individual employment cases primarily focus on gender and age discrimination

Results

  • $4 million paid by the State of Washington for a client injured in a crash with a state trooper.
  • $6.2 million jury verdict against State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services for negligent licensing and monitoring of foster homes on behalf of four children who suffered abuse while in foster care.
  • $650,000 settlement with the Archdiocese of Seattle and other church organizations on behalf of a man sexually abused by Catholic priests and Christian Brothers as a child and adolescent.
  • Confidential settlement with Federal Way (Washington) School District on behalf of a man sexually abuse by a school teacher and coach during the 1980s.
  • $2.7 million settlement for the family of a firefighter killed while attempting to fight a warehouse arson fire.
  • $5.5 million paid by the State of Washington and King County to settle the lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was fatally stabbed by a chronically mentally ill man with a long history of violent behavior.
  • $4 million settlement against the State of Washington for placing children in foster care where they were physically and sexually abused.
  • Successful class actions against Taco Bell resulting in thousands of employees receiving millions of dollars in back wages in the state of Washington (1997) and the state of Oregon (2003), and Walmart in the state of Oregon.
  • Millions of dollars in confidential settlements for clients who have been sexually assaulted.
  • $2.5 million settlement from the City of Seattle for a woman killed in a flood in her home.

DISCLAIMER: This is the fine print, but our fine print is regular size and in clear language. These client quotes and settlement/verdict figures are examples of the results we have obtained for others. Their cases were different from yours, so your result is sure to be different. We post these results for you to see that we have a track record of hard work, client service, and trial success. We won’t guarantee the results of your case, but we will guarantee to bring the same passion, skill, and experience when we fight for you.

Bar Admissions & Education

  • Washington State
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1973
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 1977

Civic & Professional Activities

  • Elected Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2014)
  • Washington State Association of Justice (board member and president 2012-2013)
  • Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association (president 2009)
  • Washington Pattern Jury Instruction Committee
  • Citizen Observer, Seattle Police Department Firearms Review Board
  • Pro bono work for King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, NARAL, Legal Voice (formerly Northwest Women's Law Center)
  • King County Bar Association
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Governor’s Domestic Violence Action Group

Professional Recognition

  • Rebecca Roe was included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Personal Injury Litigation.
  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers® (2001-2021)