Roger Davidheiser grew up in rural Pennsylvania. As a young man, he was always eager to hear people’s stories of injustice and he was determined to help them solve their problems. Roger found a natural ability to turn these stories into compelling narratives and knew right away he wanted to be in a courtroom arguing for what’s right.
Roger earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Temple University in 1984. He received his Juris Doctor in 1987 from New York University School of Law. Roger started out practicing with Saul, Ewing, Remick and Saul, a law firm in Philadelphia, where it was quickly revealed to him that even small matters can have a huge impact on a client’s life.
In 1989, Roger moved to Seattle with his family joining the litigation team at Riddell Williams. In 1991 Roger began practicing as a King County prosecutor. For the next 24 years, he led Washington State in investigating, charging and convicting the region’s most despicable criminals, trying more than 100 significant cases including aggravated murder, organized crime, and financial fraud.
A couple of high-profile murder cases have landed Roger on national television, including 48 Hours (State of Washington v. Atif Rafay and Sebastian Burns) and Forensic Files (State of Washington v. Gary Ackley). He built a strong track record for putting Seattle’s most dangerous criminals behind bars. Roger also served as Special Assistant United States Attorney and has experience with complex international cases. In 2006, he completed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police undercover training course in Vancouver, B.C.
Roger has given a voice to the victims of horrible crimes who never felt their losses or opinions were respected. He continues to champion marginalized victims who’ve been convinced they have no hope of obtaining justice. As a member of Friedman | Rubin’s innovative Seattle based litigation team, Roger brings his considerable experience and skill in the courtroom to successfully argue cases of serious personal injury, insurance bad faith, contract claims, and class actions, among others. He is taking new cases in Washington and throughout the United States.
Outside of work, Roger enjoys riding his bicycle and motorcycle. He has two adult sons, Eric and Gregor, who live locally and they all enjoy skiing and backpacking together.