Banking is a universe of complex regulations, contracts, relationships, and responsibilities—not to mention high financial stakes. Ryan Swanson represents financial institutions, creditors, creditors’ committees, debtors, and trustees, giving us a broad perspective that supports creative, efficient solutions to intricate legal challenges.

Many Washington and Oregon financial institutions have been our clients for decades, and we also serve out-of-state and foreign lenders with business needs in the region.

Our attorneys are realists who deliver pragmatic solutions to your toughest challenges, helping you achieve the results you need without wasting time or money. Our broad-based civil practice means we have ready resources in almost any legal discipline, including litigation, real estate, tax, employment, corporate law, and securities.

Banks and Commercial Finance Companies

Our work with secured lenders includes commercial collections, loan workouts, regulatory matters, general operational issues, internal investigations and document preparation. We have represented these clients in federal and state courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and in receivership, arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Commercial Debtors

A business in financial distress needs calm, practical and experienced counsel. Hiring counsel at the first sign of trouble improves the chances of successfully restructuring a business and may avert the need for bankruptcy. We have helped many businesses resolve financial problems and avoid bankruptcy. Our lawyers have also represented businesses from small proprietorships to large publicly-traded companies through the complexities of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


For decades we have represented trustees in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, which adds up to hundreds of successful resolutions.


Receiverships can range from limited to comprehensive, and our attorneys have handled the full spectrum. We have filed many receivership proceedings for financial institution clients, and members of our group have also served as receivers or lawyers for receivers. We have one of the leading receivership practices covering both the Washington Receivership Act and the Oregon Receivership Code.

Creditors Committees

In many Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, a committee represents the interests of unsecured creditors. We have served as legal counsel for many such committees, helping them carry out their prescribed duties and shape the reorganization process.


Commercial evictions and tenant collections are a complex area of the law, and the knowledgeable creditors rights lawyers at Ryan Swanson are your best resource.

Asset Purchasers

If you’re buying property from bankruptcy debtors or trustees, particularly through a § 363 sale, you need representation. Such transactions are often subject to higher and better offers even after a purchase and sale agreement has been executed, and sellers’ warranties are often unavailable or unreliable. We can help you navigate the process.

Litigation and Appeals

In addition to bankruptcy cases, we represent clients in related lawsuits (adversary proceedings) and appeals from orders of bankruptcy court. We defend creditors from preference and fraudulent transfer claims. Our appellate experience includes cases appealed to the District Court, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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