Danielle Flatt

Danielle Flatt



Danielle brings a broad range of legal experience to Ryan Swanson. Her background includes experience in real estate, bankruptcy, and business law. As a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Finance team, Danielle represents clients with real estate matters involving:

  • The review, negotiation, drafting, and enforcement of commercial leases including restaurant, office, and warehouse leases
  • Write construction contracts and professional services contracts for owners and contractors
  • Representation of developers in land acquisition
  • Formation and governance of community associations under the Washington Common Interest Ownership Act
  • Investment contracts such as joint venture agreements, real estate purchase contracts, buy-sell agreements, and tenancy termination agreements
  • Due diligence review during real property and business transactions
  • Easement agreements, licenses, and deeds

Before law school, Danielle earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. During law school at Seattle University School of Law, Danielle interned at the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals, the Land Use Division of the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Office of the United States Trustee. Danielle combines her business and legal background to assist business owners, entrepreneurs, and real estate investors with their needs. Danielle enjoys developing innovative and practical solutions for their legal issues.

Danielle is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the King County Bar Association. Danielle volunteers in the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics. She is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Professional and Community Activities
  • Commercial Real Estate Women, Seattle Chapter (CREW) (2019 — present)
  • Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Newsletter
    • Member, Editorial Board (2018 — present)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property and Creditor Debtor Sections, Member
    • Fellow to the Real Property Probate & Trust Section (2016-2018)
  • King County Bar Association Member and Neighborhood Legal Clinic Volunteer (2013 – present)
  • Washington State First Responder Will Clinic Volunteer (2010-2016)
Publications and Speaking Engagements
  • Author, “COVID-19: Seattle Creates Protections for Small Business and Nonprofit Tenants,” Ryan Swanson Real Estate, Development & Finance Article
  • Author, “A Guide to the Major Changes to Washington Housing and Rental Laws in the 2019 Legislative Session,” Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Quarterly Newsletter Issue (Summer 2019)
  • Program Chair, Landlord-Tenant Law – The Basic Building Blocks, Washington State Bar Association (September 24, 2018)
    • Presenter, “Residential Evictions from the Landlord’s Perspective”
  • Presenter, “Hot Topics in Residential Landlord-Tenant Law” Washington State Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Section (August 27, 2018)
  • Co-presenter, “Washington Landlord-Tenant Law” Rental Housing Association of Washington Course (May 2017; October 2017)
  • Panelist, Rental Housing Association Legal Forum (January 12, 2017)
  • Author, “A Bitter History—Alien Land Laws and Restrictive Covenants in Washington State,” NW LAWYER (April – May 2015)

Outside of work, Danielle enjoys running in 10K races, hiking, checking out Seattle’s restaurants, and reading detective novels.