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Upcoming Events & Activities

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

Recent Events & Activities

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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Complimentary Webinar


presented by
Teru Olsen (Attorney, Ryan Swanson Law) and Andrew Healey (Chief Technologist, ISOutsource)

Cyber attacks are becoming a more frequent occurrence, with the potential to cause severe disruption to your business operations. Not being prepared for an attack can impact your reputation and compromise sensitive customer data and intellectual property.

In this session, Teru Olsen and Andrew Healey provided an overview of what you “need to know” to protect your organization from a cyber-attack:

  • How to prepare and respond if you do get attacked
  • How to select a cyber security professional as a part of your incident response plan
  • How to conduct a threat assessment and change software protocols
  • New state data breach notification laws, and what you need to know when utilizing the attorney-client privilege after a breach



Ryan Swanson’s Annual Employment Law Seminar

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
Grand Hyatt, Seattle

On September 26 our lawyers will discuss 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 Sara Kadletz, kadletz@ryanlaw.com.

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.


March 24, 2016

Ryan Swanson attorney, Teru Olsen, spoke at the CEOtoCEO Breakfast, along with Dick Lake, Director of Security at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, about cybersecurity and what a company can do to have a “plan in place” for a cyber-attack. Cyber-attacks are becoming a more frequent occurrence and have the potential to cause severe disruption in business operations. Teru advised the attendees on how to navigate the complexities of a cyber-attack.

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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