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Merrilee MacLean is an experienced attorney that assists creditors and others in collection of monies due them, both in and out of bankruptcy. She also represents asset purchasers, investors, creditors' committees, serves as a court appointed trustee, and represents trustees and receivers. She focuses on quick turnaround, listening to her clients' needs, and getting results. She enjoys working closely with her clients, and emphasizes "preventive lawyering" to anticipate and avoid problems.


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 80%
    34 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    34 years

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Hanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller, PS

2229 112th Ave. N.E. #200
Bellevue, WA, 98004


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2016
Top Women Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2015
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Corporate Restructuring and BankruptcyAmerican Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
2010 Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Top Lawyers in WashingtonWashington CEO Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Distinguished Service AwardNinth Circuit Court of Appeals2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law1994
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1992
Best of CLEWashington State Bar Association1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior CounselHanson Baker Ludlow Drumheller, PS2012 - Present
ShareholderKarr Tuttle Campbell2003 - 2012
OwnerMacLean Reif Nuxoll/BDL MacLean/Barnett MacLean1991 - 2003
Of CounselBullivant Houser Bailey1989 - 1991
AssociateShidler McBroom Gates & Lucas1982 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar Association of the Western District of WashingtonMember1993 - Present
Association of Women Bankruptcy Attorneys, Western District of WashingtonBoard Member1992 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1991 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Legislative Affairs SubcommitteeMember2007 - 2014
Advisory Board to Ninth Circuit Judicial CouncilMember2006 - 2009
Federal Bar Association of the Western District of WashingtonChair - Ethics and Practice Section2006 - 2010
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceExecutive Committee2003 - 2005
Federal Bar Association of the Western District of WashingtonPresident1999 - 2000
Turnaround Management AssociationBoard Member1999 - 2002
National Association of Bankruptcy TrusteesMember1997 - 2001
Federal Bar Association of the Western District of WashingtonChair - Bankruptcy Section1996 - 1999
Local Rules Committee - Bankruptcy Court for Western District of WashingtonMember1995 - 2014
Commercial Law LeagueMember1984 - 1987
National Association of Credit ManagersMember1975 - 1979
Publication nameTitleDate
King County Bar BulletinThe Bankruptcy Reform Act - What It Means for Lawyers2006
The Bankruptcy StrategistSplit in Circuits Raises Issue - Are Secured Creditors Secure?1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Institute of Trial Advocacy - Bankruptcy Litigation ProgramN/AN/A1992
National Institute of Trial AdvocacyN/AN/A1985
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Lewis and Clark CollegeHistoryB.S. magna cum laude1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Faculty Vilnius LithuaniaVisiting Lecturer on Commercial Law2014
Norwegian Commercial ClubTop Ten Tips for Dealing With Troubled Businesses2013
Northwest Bankruptcy InstituteThe Receivership Toolbox2013
Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceAn Interview of Justice Anthony Kennedy2006
Chief District Judges Meeting of the Ninth CircuitThe Vanishing Trial2005
Annual Meeting of Chief Bankruptcy Judges for the Ninth CircuitHow to Deal with Problem Lawyers2002
Bankruptcy Issues in WashingtonCreditors' Remedies in Chapter 7 Cases - How to Maximize Your Recovery2001
Annual Meeting of Chief Bankruptcy Judges for the Ninth CircuitHow to Deal with Problem Judges2001
Advanced Collections and the Bankruptcy Process in WashingtonCollections and Bankruptcy1994
Essentials of Real Estate SeminarBankruptcy and Lien Issues1991