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Monday, May 12

Bob Battles Joins AWB as Government Affairs Director

Battles brings decades of experience in private practice and with the Attorney General’s office

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business has hired Robert “Bob” Battles as a government affairs director and lobbyist. Battles will focus on workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, employment law, wage and hour issues, workplace safety and legal affairs. Battles will also serve as AWB’s general counsel.

Battles comes to AWB with more than two decades of experience as an attorney specializing in workplace issues and government affairs.

He began his career with a 10-year stint in the office of the Washington State Attorney General. He led a team of 18 attorneys and professional staff as team leader in the Labor and Industries Division. In the AG’s office he supervised more than 400 L&I cases per year in areas such as electrical, contractor, plumbing and factory-assembled structures.

Battles has spent the past 12 years in private practice at several Puget Sound-area law firms. He comes to AWB from Eisenhower Carlson PLLC in Tacoma, where he was a partner. While in private practice he represented both individual and business clients in regulatory issues and complex litigation including the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) and industrial insurance defense.

He has litigated cases before the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings, multiple state superior courts, the Washington State Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court, the United States District Court and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

For the past year Battles has served as an AWB board member. He will step down from that leadership position after beginning his job at AWB.

“I’m excited that Bob accepted the position here at AWB,” said Gary Chandler, AWB vice president for government affairs. “Thanks to his experience working with L&I and his time in private law practice we will be able to continue moving forward, providing great service to our members.”

Battles was technical editor for the Gonzaga Law Review before graduating in 1992 from the Gonzaga University School of Law.

Battles is a board member and past chair of the Bates Technical College Steam Certification Board. He has also served on the board of the FISH Food Bank of Pierce County. For the past decade he has been a volunteer coordinator for the Yakima Youth Mission at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church. He lives with his family near Kent in rural King County.

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About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.

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