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Complimentary Webinar: Preparing for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington
10:00-11:00AM (PACIFIC)

Presented by Ryan Swanson Employment Attorney, Shannon Lawless

Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act has been in the works for years. Despite sparse media coverage, this law may be the single most important piece of legislation that will affect almost every business owner beginning on January 1, 2019. Yet with the law set to take effect, its details remain vague for many Washington State employers and employees who will be required to pay for it.

In this presentation, you’ll learn the key requirements of Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. Employers will identify what they need to do now to prepare for the premium deductions that start January 1 of next year, as well as the pros and cons of participating in the State’s plan versus applying to offer a State-approved, self-insured plan. Shannon will also provide advice on how to educate your employees, and will break down the steps and timeline for ensuring your HR, payroll and accounting will be ready for and compliant with the new law.


Please email Laurel Jones, jones@ryanlaw.com, with questions.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hot Topics in Elder Law and Guardianship
Presented by King County Bar Association and KCBA Guardianship & Elder Law Section

  • Time: Day 1, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
  • Location: KCBA, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700,  Seattle, WA 98101
  • CLE Credits: 5.25 (Ethics included)
  • Program Chairs: Hans Juhl, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC & Alisson H. Wall, Law Office of Michelle Lynn Graunke

>>register here

Ryan Swanson’s 30th Annual Employment Law Seminar

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
The Sanctuary, Seattle

On September 25 our lawyers discussed employment law trends and provided practical solutions to help employers address workplace challenges. For the full agenda, please visit our event page.


If you have questions or would like to be added to our mailing list for future events, please contact Laurel Jones, jones@ryanlaw.com.

Thursday, May 31 & June 1, 2018

Commercial Real Estate Purchases and Sales
Presented by Law Seminars International

  • Time: Day 1, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m and Day 2, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel – Seattle Downtown, 1113 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
  • CLE Credits: 11.5 (Ethics included) Washington State Bar CLE, and 14 WA Real Estate credits
  • Program Chairs: Brian Lewis, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC & Jennifer D. Cobb, Jameson Babbitt Sites & Lombard, PLLC

>>register here

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Are Arbitration Clauses in Commercial Contracts Still Helpful?

Arbitration clauses have become the norm in commercial contracts.  This CLE seminar, co-presented by an experienced business lawyer and an experienced litigator, will explore the pros and cons of continuing to use arbitration clauses in commercial contracts.  The presenters will address when arbitration may be beneficial to a business, and explore when dispensing with arbitration and instead using the courts, can be to your advantage.

Who should attend: anyone who is responsible for drafting or reviewing business contracts or who is responsible for handling cases in litigation or arbitration.

Why attend? Earn 1 hour of WSBA CLE credit while enjoying a free lunch and gain valuable insight from experienced presenters who have handled arbitration clauses – from drafting the contracts through hearings, and collections on awards.

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 12pm-1pm at the offices of Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC


Roger Kindley & Derek Crick – Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

Roger and Derek will provide valuable information in a low key, interactive way. You will leave better educated and well-prepared for the next contract or case requiring arbitration.

RSVP by April 11th to jones@ryanlaw.com.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Performance Evaluations, Disciplinary Action & Termination Webinar
Presented by the Association of Washington Business

Employee reviews and evaluations should be valuable to both the employer and its employees. However, providing a meaningful evaluation is not as easy as it may seem. If the time comes to discipline an employee, or sever an employment relationship, a myriad of issues may present themselves which can be traps for the unwary.  Failing to follow established procedures or consider certain risks could expose an employer to time consuming and costly litigation. This presentation will highlight some best practices for employers with employee reviews and disciplinary actions, and suggest considerations and steps to take when it’s time to let go.

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Individual Webinar Price: $40 for members, $50 for non-members
  • Ryan Swanson Attorney Britenae Pierce will present on Performance Evaluations, Disciplinary Action & Termination

>>register here

Thursday, April 13-14, 2017

Commercial Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions
Presented by Law Seminars International

  • Time: Day 1, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m and Day 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104
  • CLE Credits: 10.5 Washington State Bar CLE
  • Program Chairs: Brian Lewis, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC & Jennifer D. Cobb, Jameson Babbitt Sites & Lombard, PLLC

>>register here

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Workforce Summit
Generation Apocalypse: Debunking Myths & Promoting Collaboration
Presented by the Association of Washington Business

The workforce is changing as boomers retire, Gen Xs solidify their leadership roles and millennials & Gen Zs enter the workforce at historic levels and begin to take on greater responsibilities in the workplace. What does that mean for your workplace? AWB Institute’s first-ever Workforce Summit will give participants – business owners, leaders and human resources professionals – the tools they need to harness talent and leadership skills within a multi-generational workplace. Keynote speaker Rebecca Ryan, economist and futurist, will share how to plan ahead to fill workforce needs and better serve employees and their communities.

  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Motif Seattle, 1415 Fifth Avenue,  Seattle, WA 98101
  • Ryan Swanson Attorneys Britenae Pierce and Shannon Lawless will present on the Legal Consideration of Converging Generations in the Workplace.

>>register here

Friday, March 31, 2017

Advanced Guardianship Issues
Co-Sponsored with the KCBA Guardianship & Elder Law Section

  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Location: King County Bar Association, 1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700, Conference Room 1
  • CLE Credits: 5.00 Law & Legal and 1.00 Ethics
  • Program Chairs: Hans P. Juhl, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC & Alisson H. Wall, Law Office of Michelle Lynn Graunke

>>register here (also available via webcast)

Complimentary Webinar: How to Prepare for the H-1B Lottery

Presented by Ryan Swanson Immigration Attorneys, Joel Paget and Marsha Mavunkel



The H-1B visa classification is for temporary employment of foreign professionals in specialty occupations requiring a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a specialty field. For employers who wish to hire foreign national professionals in 2017, H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota or cap must be filed by April 3, 2017 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). Last year, USCIS received over 230,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions for the available 85,000 H-1B visas.

Based on the high demand for H-1B visas last year and the improved economy with more hiring taking place this year, it is likely the statutory quota will again be exceeded soon after the filing period opens.  Employers who want to hire foreign nationals subject to the statutory quota should consult with immigration counsel as soon as possible to start preparing their H-1B cap petition filings.

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Current Issues in IP Licensing

Ryan Swanson attorney Kevin Collette will be the co-chair of the “Current Issues in IP Licensing” seminar, presented by Law Seminars International, on August 25-26 in Seattle, Washington.

More information coming soon.

Real Estate Purchases & Sales: the Structuring, Financing, Negotiation, Documentation and Due Diligence of Major Commercial Property Sales

March 21-22, 2016

Courtyard Seattle Downtown / Pioneer Square in Seattle, WA
and via via webcast

Ryan Swanson attorney Brian Lewis co-chaired the 22nd Annual Law Seminars Advanced Conference on Commercial Real Estate Purchases and Sales, presented by Law Seminars International.

For more information, visit the Law Seminars International registration page.


Ryan Swanson’s 27th Annual Employment Law Seminar

September 30th, 2015
Washington Athletic Club, Seattle

Ryan Swanson lawyers addressed the most pressing issues concerning employers today. Visit our seminar registration and information page for presentation slides.

WBO Speed Mentoring with 2015 Nellie Cashman Award Finalists

September 15, 2015

Hosted at Ryan Swanson
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3400

Ryan Swanson attorney Susan Fox is the co-chair of the 2015 Women Business Owners (“WBO”) Nellie Cashman Award and on September 15, Ryan Swanson is partnering with WBO in hosting a speed mentoring event for women in business to have intimate discussions on lessons learned and key success factors from #NellieCashman2015 candidates, former Nellie winners and finalists. The event is open to non-members and members of WBO, and will be a great learning and networking opportunity.

For more information, and to register, visit the WBO event page.

September 9, 2015

Flat Rate Technicians: Paid Rest Breaks

Presented to the Washington State Auto Dealers Association by Rick Lentini.

On July 16, 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court decided that employers of “piece rate” workers must pay those workers an additional amount for the two ten-minute rest breaks required in an eight-hour work day. Although the case (Demetrio v. Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc.) involved a regulation applied to piece rate farm workers, an identical regulation applies to auto dealer employees and service technicians who are paid by the job on a “flat rate” or “flag rate.”

The Court held that the employer must pay the piece rate employees for the rest break time at their regular rate of pay. The regular rate of pay is determined by dividing the total compensation for the pay period by the number of hours actually worked during that pay period (not including the rest breaks). The Court did not decide whether this new rule will be applied retroactively.

January 28th, 2015

How to Prepare for the H-1B Lottery in 2015

Webinar Presentation Slides; Webinar Recording

Speakers: Joel Paget and Marsha Mavunkel

For those employers who in 2015 may need foreign workers with college degrees or the equivalent, the “H-1B” petitions need to be filed by April 1, 2015 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Last year less than 60% of the petitions were selected and approved by the USCIS. This “lunch & learn” webinar provided employers with helpful tips to create the best chance to have a petition accepted, while reducing attorneys’ fees at the same time.

November 18th, 2014

2014 Peterson Sullivan Auto Seminar

Speaker: Richard P. Lentini presented a session on employment law at the Peterson Sullivan seminar for dealers/owners, CEOs, CFOs, office managers, accounting managers, and other financial professionals in the automobile industry.

November 18th, 2014

Title Law From Start to Finish

Speaker: Jerry Kindinger presented “Overview of Title Insurance Claims and Litigation” at the National Business Institute seminar.

September 24, 2014

Ryan Swanson’s 26th Annual Employment Law Seminar

Ryan Swanson’s 26th Annual Employment Law Update seminar, addressing current and emerging issues in the workplace, from developments in healthcare law to recent trends and workplace challenges. For more information, visit our 26th Annual Seminar page.

April 23, 2014

CougsFirst! Trade Show

The second annual CougsFirst! trade show is a free event open to Washington State University alumni and friends. The event showcases Cougar owned, managed and affiliated businesses, products and services. For more information, visit www.cougsfirst.org.

April 7, 2014

Best-selling author Michael Lewis visited Seattle and discussed his new book, Flash Boys, while being interviewed by his former Outward Bound instructor and Ryan Swanson securities litigator, Roger Mellem.

July 16, 2013

  • Association of Washington Business Human Resources Forum, 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Seattle



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