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About Me

Mr. Sternoff is a Partner at Ahlers & Cressman PLLC. He is a skilled litigator with an established record of success for his clients. He concentrates his practice on representing clients in construction, real estate and complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitration. Mr. Sternoff also prepares bid protests of government contract awards, and advises clients in all aspects of contracting and performance on Washington state and federal public works construction projects and private construction projects. He is admitted to practice in Washington and in the United States District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington. Mr. Sternoff was named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics Magazine and Super Lawyers Magazine for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Practice Areas


  1. Construction & Development: 90%
    10 years, 250 cases
  2. Real Estate: 10%
    10 years, 100 cases


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Masaki J Yamada

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Masaki Yamada Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Courtney James Will

    Ryan is a smart, hardworking, and highly skilled attorney. He truly cares about his clients and leaves no stone unturned with his thorough preparation. He also possesses the unique ability to expertly present a case in an organized and persuasive manner at trial. He is the first and only litigator I think of for a referral when I have a client or colleague dealing with construction, real estate and complex commercial disputes.


    Courtney Will Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Ahlers & Cressman PLLC

999 Third Avenue
Suite 3800
Seattle, WA, 98104-4023



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Volunteer Recognition- Community Legal Services ProgramsKing County Bar Association2008
Cum LaudeSeattle University School of Law2005
CALI Award for Academic Excellence, RemediesSeattle University School of Law- CALI2004
Judicial ExternKing County Superior Court2003
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerAhlers & Cressman PLLC2012 - Present
AssociateAhlers & Cressman PLLC2007 - 2012
AttorneyThe Christensen Firm2005 - 2007
Law ClerkShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC2004 - 2005
ExternKing County Superior Court for Honorable Anthony P. Wartknik2003 - 2003
Law ClerkBarokas Martin Ahlers & Tomlinson2000 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
King County Bar Association Judicial Screening CommitteeMember2011 - Present
American Subcontractors Association of WAMember2009 - Present
University of San Diego Alumni AssociationSeattle Alumni Chapter Committee Member2009 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationReal Property, Probate and Trust Section Member2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationForum on the Construction Industry Member2008 - Present
Associated Builders and ContractorsMember2007 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember2007 - Present
King County Bar Association,Housing Justice Project- Pro Bono Attorney2007 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington Chapter)Member2006 - Present
King County Bar AssociationYoung Lawyers Division Member2005 - Present
Washington State Bar Association,Young Lawyers Division2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationYoung Lawyers Division Member2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationConstruction Law Section Member2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Phi Kappa ThetaPresident2001 - 2002
Publication NameTitleDate
Construction Claims MonthlyDiscussion of Changed Work Results in Waiver of Contract's Written Change Order Requirements; Contractor Can Lien for Extra Work2014
AGC Works: Associated General Contractors of Washington NewsletterProtecting Your Company’s Financial Interests During Tough Times2009
Ahlers & Cressman Construction Law BlogContributorN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of San DiegoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Tricks, Traps and Ploys Used in Construction SchedulingConstruction Scheduling2014
Change Orders in WashingtonChange Orders in Washington2014
Associated Builders and ContractorsLiens, Bonds, and Insurance for Contractors2013
Management Seminar: Liens & BondsLien & Bond Claims in Washington State2012
March SAW LuncheonConstruction Bonds: A Surety Perspective2010
Management Seminer: Liens & BondsConstruction Lien and Bond Claims2010
Associated Builders and ContractorsGood Documentation Practices and Maintaining Good Customer Relations2009
Associated Builders and Contractors: Lien and Bond SeminarFiling Requirements for Construction Liens and Bonds in Washington State2008