Robert S. Lasnik

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Robert S. Lasnik
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Assumed office
January 27, 2016
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
In office
2004–2011
Preceded by John C. Coughenour
Succeeded by Marsha J. Pechman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
In office
October 22, 1998 – January 27, 2016
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Carolyn R. Dimmick
Personal details
Born Robert S. Lasnik
1951 (age 65–66)
Staten Island, New York
Education Brandeis University (A.B.)
Northwestern University (M.S., M.A.)
University of Washington School of Law (J.D.)

Robert S. Lasnik (born 1951) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Staten Island, New York, Lasnik received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Brandeis University in 1972 and a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University in 1973, a Master of Arts in education also from Northwestern University in 1974, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law in 1978. He was a deputy prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney's office from 1978 to 1981, a senior deputy prosecutor from 1981 to 1983, and a chief of staff in that office from 1983 to 1990. He served as a superior court judge on the King County Superior Court from 1990 to 1998.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Lasnik was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington by President Bill Clinton on May 11, 1998, to a seat vacated by Carolyn R. Dimmick. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1998, and received his commission on October 22, 1998. He served as chief judge from 2004 to 2011. He assumed senior status on January 27, 2016.

Notable case[edit]

Lasnik temporarily blocked Seattle's first-in-the-nation law allowing drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Carolyn R. Dimmick
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
1998–2016
Vacant
Preceded by
John C. Coughenour
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
2004–2011
Succeeded by
Marsha J. Pechman