Marisa is an Associate at Ryan Swanson, working throughout the firm’s various practice groups.
While earning her J.D., Marisa participated in the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic, where she appeared in court as a Lay Advocate after passing and being admitted to the Tulalip Tribal Bar. Marisa previously interned at the Unemployment Law Project, where she conducted intake interviews with claimants who had been denied Washington State unemployment benefits, represented clients at administrative hearings, and drafted Petitions for Review.
Additionally, she worked as a Hazelton Fellow revising an evidence treatise for Professor Maureen Howard and won Washington Law Review’s Student Essay Competition, later publishing her research on discretionary appointments of counsel for children in Washington State dependency proceedings. Marisa was also the recipient of multiple CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Civil Procedure II, Genetics And The Law, and Criminal Procedure: Adjudication.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Marisa moved to Seattle in 2019 to escape the heat and find home in the Pacific Northwest. Outside of work, Marisa enjoys walking around Green Lake, spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Phoenix Suns, and collecting movie ticket stubs.