With a Seattle presence, Kevin is a well-known business, trademark and franchise lawyer. He advises clients on a full range of legal issues including business and deal structures; trademarking; franchising; advertising, selling, licensing and distributing goods, services, technologies and intellectual properties; start-up and emerging businesses; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; and bringing businesses into the U.S. or to international markets.
Kevin represents numerous traditional businesses as their business attorney, from startups to multi-national companies, through all stages of growth. He has a large domestic and international trademark and intellectual property practice with thousands of successful registrations and enforcements. Kevin is a highly respected franchise and distribution lawyer, working with franchises throughout the U.S. and in most countries around the world. He has long been recognized as one of Seattle’s leading technology lawyers.
Kevin served as Chair of our Business Practice Group for 23 years, and currently leads the firm’s Trademarks, Franchise, and Technology Teams. Kevin’s practice emphasizes being a responsive problem solver and trusted advisor with a positive attitude. He is a deal maker who understands business realities and technologies. Present a complex problem and goal to Kevin and he will provide the options and devise the strategy and proper vehicle for your solution in Humanese Over Legalese.™
Kevin joined Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland in 1980 upon graduation from law school. He loves the firm, the people, the client contacts and the practice of law.
Part of a Group on a Bike, Ahead of the Pack in Practice
Kevin has been mountain biking for many years. He and fellow bikers often meet at trails, then start pedaling. “We try to go to places we’ve never been,” says Kevin. “Most of the riding we do is single track with plenty of mud.” He also enjoys hiking, basketball, baseball, golf, church and family activities. Kevin is very active in community service for individuals and the those in need.
Long before most lawyers knew something called the “New Economy” existed, Kevin was representing technology clients driving that economy. He helped form and was President and Emcee of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, a nonprofit organization of financiers, managers, marketing specialists and other professionals that help emerging businesses obtain capital and management talent and refine their business plans.