Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668

Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668



When disputes happen, you need an experienced, practical partner by your side. Our Seattle litigation practice group is one of our oldest and largest, with a deep bench of respected commercial litigation attorneys and decades of daily real-world experience.

Ryan Swanson’s litigation attorneys work with clients to choose the most effective path toward resolution, using arbitration, mediation, regulatory proceedings, jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts. To help you protect your business, our attorneys provide practical, commonsense advice that is supported by a creative, in-depth approach to navigating the law.

Specific Experience


How you handle litigation can transform your business—for better or for worse. Ryan Swanson attorneys help you focus on what truly matters to your company and align legal strategy with your goals. We focus on finding dispute-resolution options that protect rather than interfere with the business activities of our clients. We have represented clients across the full range of business/commercial disputes, including everything from contract and lease disputes to lawsuits involving product liability, anti-trust, non-compete arrangements, unfair business practices and intellectual property.

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Clients engage our attorneys to navigate disputes in the complex web of rights and responsibilities common to residential and commercial construction. We handle matters including design and construction documents, bid protests, change orders, claim reviews, liens, and bond claims, as well as state and federal environmental issues.

Construction Defects

We help community associations, property owners, declarants and contractors litigate claims across all types of construction projects, materials, and defects.

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Real Estate/Land Use

Our lawyers work with developers, owners, landlords, lenders, buyers, sellers and condominium homeowners to resolve real estate disputes of all kinds, including permitting and land use disputes. We have a strong focus on real estate financing, including complex litigation involved in completing large projects.

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Securities Litigation

Our lawyers have served as lead and local counsel on many significant and complex disputes at the federal and state levels, including federal securities civil lawsuits and FINRA mediations and arbitrations.

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Investment Fraud

We represent those wronged by investment professionals who have failed in their fiduciary duties. We also assist investment advisors in defending against loss claims and in regulatory proceedings brought by federal, state, and industry organizations.

Product Liability

We prosecute and defend against contract, tort and statute-based claims across dozens of industries and product lines, including individual and class action lawsuits.


Recognizing the healthcare industry litigation brings unique challenges, our dedicated Healthcare Group helps payers, providers, and other stakeholders litigate issues related to licensing, certification, penalties, employment, and more.

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For title companies, insurance companies, self-insured employers, and policyholders, we assist with litigation ranging from coverage disputes to regulatory proceedings before the Washington State Insurance Commissioner.

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Intellectual Property

We represent clients in administrative and state and federal court proceedings to protect and enforce their rights to trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other intellectual property.

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Our dedicated employment law team has represented clients in countless employment lawsuits, always focusing on minimizing exposure and cost. We also counsel our clients in labor disputes and represent them in labor arbitrations and matters before the National Labor Relations Board.

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Community Associations

We counsel community associations in many areas, including complex litigation such as construction defects and covenant-governed disputes.

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Fiduciary Liability

Fiduciaries owe the highest standard of duty to the beneficiaries of an estate or trust. Consistent with this high duty, the role of a fiduciary is fraught with potential liability. We have years of experience counseling fiduciaries regarding their various duties, including the proper investment and management of assets under Washington’s Prudent Investor Act and the interpretation of trust instruments. If a question of trust interpretation arises that cannot be resolved by reference to the trust instrument or established fiduciary law, we represent our clients before the court to receive court approval or instruction as may be necessary to protect the fiduciary from liability.

Registered Investment Advisors

Registered Investment Advisors (“RIAs”) are often presented with many challenges when dealing with complex legal, regulatory and compliance issues. Ryan Swanson’s services for RIAs are focused on guiding you through these obstacles to solve problems that can impede your ability to service your clients effectively.

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