WSBA No. 26004
the Bar No. nd Beyond
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My name is Bob Ferguson and I am Washington’s 18th attorney general and the
son of a 40-year Boeing employee and a public school teacher. I graduated from
the University of Washington where I served as student body president. I clerked
in Spokane for Judge W. Fremming Nielsen, chief judge of the Eastern District of
Washington, and Judge Myron Bright on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. I was a
civil litigator at Preston, Gates and Ellis. My wife and I have young twins, Jack and
Katie. I hope they are future Huskies.
Before law school, I made my parents
very nervous by attempting to become
a professional chess player.
The best advice I have for new lawyers is to
appreciate the importance of becoming
a good writer.
My long-term professional goal is to run the
Office of the Attorney General in an independent manner.
The most rewarding part of my job is working with 1,100 employees devoted to
serving the people of Washington.
The worst part of my job is that many
of those who work in my office are so
I wish that more lawyers would listen…
In 10 years I see myself trying to navigate
parenthood of two teenagers with my
wonderful wife, Colleen.
The most memorable trip I ever took was
in 1990 with a college buddy (
attorney Brian Bennett). We saw a baseball
game in every major league ballpark in
a beat-up Honda. We had two rules: 1)
couldn’t stay in a hotel, and 2) couldn’t
buy a ticket at the ticket window.
I look up to my mom, Betty Ferguson,
who raised seven kids (six boys!) and
taught special education in our public
I enjoy reading anything by Ivan Doig.
I create work/life balance by remembering
how much it meant to me that my father, Murray Ferguson, spent time with
me when I was a kid.
I worry about how long I have to wait to
see the Huskies in the Rose Bowl again.
I am happiest when I am with my family at
our rustic, off-the-grid cabin.
Nobody would ever suspect that I get along
with Reagan Dunn — my opponent
in my campaign for attorney general.
This is on my bucket list: climb the highest
point of all 50 states — five more to go!
This makes me roll my eyes: people who
don’t think Edgar Martinez belongs in
the Hall of Fame.
This makes me smile: my six-year-old son,
Jack, asking me to play a Bruce Spring-steen CD.
My best habit is reading to my children at
bedtime. We are currently working our
way through The Chronicles of Narnia.
I am thankful that my wife, Colleen, is
such a good mother and is willing to
make sacrifices so I can devote my career to public service.
If I had a time machine, I would visit my
ancestors who homesteaded on the
Skagit River in the 19th century, and
My first car was a ’93 Honda Civic. It was
totaled last year by a teenager who ran
a red light. You know your car is old
when the person who totals it is younger than the car.
My dream trip would be to hike the Pacific
Coast Trail with Colleen.
If I have learned one thing in life, it is that
kids spell love “T-I-M-E.” NWL