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I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your legal needs, whether or not it falls within my area of expertise. We have forty lawyers and we can meet almost every need of your business. If we cannot help you, I'd be pleased to refer you to several high quality attorneys in the Northwest or other regions. Please visit our website at for more information or call me at (206) 254-4444.

Thank you,

John Rizzardi


I am also an avid bicyclist, three season commuter and enjoy doing my own bicycle repairs and building bikes from scratch.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 60%
    38 years, 1.4 thousand cases
  2. Debt Agreements: 30%
    37 years, 200 cases
  3. Contracts: 10%
    37 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($160-525/hour)

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Contact info

Cairncross & Hempelmann, A Professional Service Corporation

524 Second Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA, 98104-2323


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Corporate LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Bankruptcy / Insolvency and Reorganization LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Litigation - BankruptcyBest Lawyers in America2014
Bankruptcy / Insolvency and Reorganization LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Corporate LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 AVMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Litigation - BankruptcyBest Lawyers in America2013
Bankruptcy / Insolvency and Reorganization LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Litigation - BankruptcyBest Lawyers in America2012
Bankruptcy and RestructuringChambers & Partners USA Guide2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 AVMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top Business LawyerSeattle Business Magazine2012
Corporate LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Corporate LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Litigation - BankruptcyBest Lawyers in America2011
Bankruptcy / Insolvency and Reorganization LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Top Business LawyerSeattle Business Magazine2011
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 AVMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Bankruptcy and RestructuringChambers & Partners USA Guide2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top Lawyer - BankruptcySeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Top Business LawyerSeattle Business Monthly Magazine2008
Honorary Turnaround Industry Hall of Fame AwardTurnaround Management Association2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Top Business LawyerSeattle Business Monthly Magazine2007
Top LawyerSeattle Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Top Business LawyerSeattle Business Monthly Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Top LawyerSeattle Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Top LawyerSeattle Magazine2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Top LawyerSeattle Magazine2001
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Most Improved Chapter - Awarded as President of ChapterTurnaround Management Association1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director and ShareholderCairncross & Hempelmann, PS1998 - Present
MediatorUs Bankruptcy Court (W.D.Wa)2012 - 2012
OwnerBetts, Patterson & Mines1991 - 1998
OwnerFoster Pepper & Shefelmann1991 - 1991
PartnerHatch and Leslie1984 - 1991
AttorneyHarpold and Fiori1979 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Turnaround Management AssociationAwards Committee2011 - Present
Major Taylor Project/Cascade Bicycle ClubVolunteer and ride leader2009 - Present
Oregon State Bar Association#0921442009 - Present
Turnaround Management AssociationChair - Past Chair Council2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationChair - Creditor Debtor Rights Section Executive Committee2006 - Present
Bankruptcy Bar Association Eastern District of WashingtonMember1997 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Seahurst Community ClubMember and Past President and Director1993 - Present
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. WA)Chairperson - Honorable Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program2011 - 2013
Turnaround Management AssociationExecutive Director Search Committee2011 - 2011
Turnaround Management AssociationGovernance Task Force2008 - 2010
Turnaround Management AssociationPresident and Chairman of the Board2004 - 2005
Turnaround Management AssociationVice President - International Development2001 - 2003
Turnaround Management AssociationMember of the Board of Directors2000 - 2006
Turnaround Management AssociationStrategic Planning Committee1999 - 2000
Turnaround Management AssociationChair, International Committee1999 - 2002
Northwest Chapter, Turnaround Management AssociationPast President and Board Member1998 - 1999
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1992 - 2013
Various youth sports organizationsCoach, Assistant Coach1990 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re HydraProSuccessful sale of the company in a competitive bidding situation.
In re Meridian Transportation ResourcesSuccessful purchase in competitive bidding situation.
In Re Gary McLeanSuccessful completion of transaction.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Turnaround Management Association’s Cross-Border ConferencePACA, Agricultural and Related Lien Rights in Oregon and Washington2013
Washington State Bar AssociationExpert Valuation Testimony in Bankruptcy2012
Journal of Corporate RenewalEnforcing Creditors’ Rights in China2009
Journal of Corporate RenewalThe Continuing Saga of Clear Channel: Alternatives to Section 363 Sales2009
Journal of Corporate RenewalLetters of Credit Given as Lease Deposits May Yield Cash in Chapter 112008
Journal of Corporate RenewalBankruptcy Appeals 1012008
Journal of Corporate RenewalWhen Payroll Gets Personal - Executives, Directors Risk Personal Liability for Unpaid Wages2008
Journal of Corporate RenewalWhy Should We Hire You? Tips for Interviewing with Small to Mid-Sized Companies2007
Journal of Corporate RenewalIn Re Refco: A Roadmap..2007
Northwest Bankruptcy Institute Seminar MaterialsChapter 11 Update2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of Colorado - BoulderN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Turnaround Management Association's Cross-Border ConferenceOMG! My Collateral is Alive! Understanding Agricultural Workouts and Insolvencies2013
Judge’s PanelAlternative Dispute Resolution - The Judge’s View2013
Mediator Training ProgramMediator Training2012
Advanced Bankruptcy TopicsExpert Witness Valuation Testimony2012
Private trainingReceivership Training2011
21st Annual Bankruptcy SeminarLegislative Updates2011
Turnaround Management ConferencesSelected Bankruptcy Topics2010
Seattle Dinner EventWinning Professional Engagements in Chapter 112008
Northwest Bankruptcy InstituteChapter 11 Developments2007