Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
401 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101-2668
Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101-3034

Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101-3034

Philip M. Roberts

Phil has a business and real estate practice. He represents clients on complex real estate transactions, including the negotiation and drafting of complex multi-party agreements regarding the development of shopping centers, other commercial real estate projects, condominium developments and private placements (Reg D). Phil represents commercial and private lenders in financing real estate and general business loans, and represents borrowers in structuring loan workouts. His involvement includes the acquisition and financing of projects, as well as leasing activities associated with commercial projects. Phil finds the business/finance and real estate areas to be complementary to each other.

Before joining Ryan Swanson, Phil practiced tax law for several years at a Connecticut law firm. His understanding of the tax laws is valuable when working on business and real estate transactions, which inevitably raise tax issues.

Representative Experience
  • Represent commercial lenders in real estate financing transactions including construction lending
  • Represent private parties in loans to developers secured by real property
  • Represent multiple real estate developers throughout the region in projects ranging from mixed use projects, to hotels, to shopping centers, including leasing activities
  • Represent family businesses in acquisitions and development of commercial properties
  • Represent technology and other startups in all aspects of their businesses
Honors & Awards
  • Dr. Samuel Belkin Scholars Award
Professional & Community Activities


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    (J.D., 1980)
  • Brandeis University
    (B.A., 1974)
Admitted to Practice
  • Washington (1985)
  • Connecticut (1980)

Hobbies & Interests

Outside of the firm, when not involved with family activities, Phil is an avid cyclist. Logging thousands of miles a year on his bicycle, Phil finds that riding hard with friends provides a welcome physical challenge, camaraderie and the perfect way to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Northwest.