Helen Hapner is an associate in Ryan Swanson’s Litigation and Employment Rights, Benefits & Labor groups, where she represents businesses and individuals in all stages of the litigation process. Helen has successfully represented clients at trial, in motion hearings, and in alternative dispute resolution. Her practice includes business and real estate litigation, as well as other general commercial litigation and employment litigation.
Helen has represented large and small businesses, individuals, landlords, and tenants in various business and real estate litigation matters, including breach of contract cases, lease disputes, partnership disputes, and trade secrets litigation. She has experience with various employment litigation issues including wage disputes and disability discrimination. Helen has experience in additional litigation matters including appellate, tort, antitrust, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, securities, and trust & estate.
Before joining Ryan Swanson, Helen was a litigation associate at prominent law firms in Chicago, Illinois. She also worked as a litigation paralegal at a major law firm before attending law school. These experiences have given Helen the ability to fully understand the issues her clients are facing and develop practical solutions to their challenges.
While in law school, Helen served as Articles Editor of the University of Illinois Elder Law Journal, as a research assistant to the Co-Director for the Program in Law and Philosophy, and as a teaching assistant for Tort Law. Helen was the recipient of several academic awards, including CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Negotiation Skills and Strategies, and honors distinctions in Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Oral Advocacy. She also served as a legal intern for the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Recent Professional and Community Engagements
- Board Member of Illinois Law Alumni Seattle Chapter
- Member, King County Bar Association
- Chicago Appleseed, Next Generation Board Member, July 2017 – December 2018
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Co-author, COVID-19: Options for Distressed Small Business in Washington, Oregon, and California (March, 2020)
- Presenter, “Recent Developments in State and Federal Law,” Ryan Swanson’s 31st Annual Employment Law Seminar (2019)
- Conversational Spanish