Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

1201 Third Avenue
Suite 3400
Seattle, Washington,
USA, 98101-3034
 +1 800 458 5973
 +1 206 583 0359
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Your Go-To Firm in the Pacific Northwest
We’ve been around for over 120 years and have learned a few things. Like the importance of people—the people we work with and the people we work for. At Ryan Swanson, we value the relationships we’ve built and believe they are the cornerstone of everything we do. We work hard to maintain these relationships by listening and providing responsive and efficient legal services to help clients achieve their goals, large and small.

We have nearly 40 attorneys and an equal number of support staff who focus on one thing—your success—because we know at the end of the day, your success is our success.

Charter Member of TAGLaw
As a Charter Member of TAGLaw, Ryan Swanson helped develop the standards by which the organization and its members conduct themselves.  We are committed to those tenets and pride ourselves on the quality and range of the legal services we offer to TAGLaw members and their clients.  It has been a pleasure contributing to TAGLaw over the years and we look forward to being a part of the future success of TAGLaw and its members.

Our clients want more than quality legal work—they also want lawyers who are responsive to their needs.  So, we have made responsiveness one of our core values.  We make certain a client always has someone to contact with a question or concern.  We take that same approach with our TAGLaw colleagues and their clients.

Need More Information?
You can find additional information about our firm and lawyers at www.ryanswansonlaw.com. Everyone at Ryan Swanson welcomes an opportunity to show our colleagues and clients who we are and how we can help you.


Ryan Swanson is organized around many practice groups including business, employment, franchise and distribution, health care, immigration, real estate, licensing and technology, food and beverage, transportation, estate planning and litigation.  This organization and diversity allows us to provide specialized experience for specific legal matters and also to bring together a diverse team to provide comprehensive services.
Banking Services, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
- Banks and Commercial Finance Companies
- Trustees
- Receivers
- Creditors’ Committees
- Landlords
- Asset Purchasers
- Litigation and Appeals
- Commercial Debtors
- Distressed mergers and acquisitions
- Real estate workouts

- Counsel to emerging businesses
- Starting and restructuring businesses
- Corporate records and compliance programs
- Contracts and agreements
- Financing and securities transactions
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Insurance coverage and regulation
- Tax planning

Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor

- Discrimination, harassment
- ADA/disability accommodation
- Workers’ compensation, employment security
- Safety and health
- WISHA/OSHA requirements
- Wage and hour issues
- Employment manuals
- Tax-qualified retirement and welfare plans
- Incentive compensation arrangements
- Key personnel agreements

Estate Planning & Probate
- Last Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives
- Revocable Living Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts
- Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) and Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs)
- Asset protection planning
- Business succession planning
- Charitable Trusts and Foundations
- Retirement plans and IRAs
- Estate administration
- Fiduciary representation
- Litigation of estate and trust disputes

Food & Beverage
- Business formation, structuring and financing
- Employment and labor
- Federal, state and local regulatory requirements
- Franchising and distribution
- Insurance coverage and claims
- Licensing and permits, including Liquor Board application
- Marketing and advertising
- Purchase and sale agreements
- Real estate, leasing, property acquisition and tenant improvement projects
- Washington State business requirements
- Workers’ safety, and federal safety audits
Franchising & Distribution
- Complete franchise representation
- Trademarks
- Invention agreements
- Nondisclosure agreements
- Licenses
- Financing
- Strategic alliances
- Distribution arrangements

- Representation of Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities
- Regulatory compliance
- Home health and other long term care providers
- Medicare/Medicaid certification and reimbursement appeals
- Professional staff licensure matters
- Liability/malpractice defense
- Transaction and general business matters

- All non-immigrant visa categories for foreign nationals
- Permanent residence applications
- Naturalization and citizenship
- Family based petition; employment-based petition
- I-9 compliance
- Representation before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Labor, and Department of State

- Regulatory and Administrative
- Corporate Transactions
- Legislative Monitoring
- Litigation
- Insolvency
Licensing & Technology
- Trademarks and copyrights
- Licenses and assignments of trademarks, patents, trade secrets, computer software and other copyright protected material, including licenses and assignments in business acquisition transactions

- Litigation of the full range of intellectual property issues

Development and distribution of technical products
- Licenses of life science technologies in various fields

- Civil dispute resolution throughout the western U.S.
- Jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts
- Regulatory proceedings
- Arbitration, mediation and appeals
- Contract and lease disputes
- Non-compete arrangements
- Unfair business practices
- Intellectual property litigation
- Investment and securities fraud
- Estate litigation
- Product liability

Real Estate, Development & Finance
- Real property acquisitions and dispositions

- Financing

- Title and closings
- Leasing
- Designer, architect and contractor agreements
- Bid documents and change orders 
- Claim analysis and resolution
- Land use policy
- Environmental and shoreline issues
- Permitting, growth management and zoning
- Condominiums (commercial, residential)
Retail & Manufacturing
- Formation and acquisition of operating subsidiaries
- Financing (revolving credit and term loans, letters of credit, credit card agreements)
- Product liability
- Equipment leasing and acquisition
- Import/export
- Trademarks, trade name and false advertising
- Premises liability
- Loss prevention and retailer related litigation
- Insurance coverage issues
- Real estate purchase, sale and leasing
- Employment contracts and executive compensation
- Store level and institutional litigation management
Trademarks & Intellectual Property
- Choosing, registering, exploiting and protecting trademarks, copyrights and domain names
- Trade secret risks and trade secret protection programs
- Confidentiality, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements
- Intellectual property audits

Please contact us for more comprehensive descriptions of our services, or visit www.ryanswansonlaw.com.