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Ryan's practice is focused on real estate transactions representing developers, business owners, lenders and public-sector clients, in matters such as acquisitions and sales, condominium formation and sales, commercial leasing, financing, entitlements, easements, covenants, homeowners’ associations, boundary disputes and title issues. Ryan also has a background in business transactions.  He is driven by his interest in urbanism and transit-oriented development and his belief that innovative development and thoughtful land use planning create vibrant urban neighborhoods that serve business, social and ecological interests.  Recent accomplishments include:


- In the first half of 2015, advised buyers and drafted purchase agreements in over $33 million in real estate acquisitions.


- In the first half of 2015, advised lenders and borrowers and drafted loan documents in over $69 million in real estate loan transactions.





Contact info

Cairncross & Hempelmann, PS

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

Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 60%
    11 years
  2. Business: 30%
    10 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 10%
    11 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John A Kesler III

    Ryan takes a practical approach to solving issues facing his clients, which achieves results in an efficient manner.


    John Kesler Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Alex French

    I refer all real estate and property law matters to Ryan and have even used his services personally. He’s intelligent, hardworking, and has a unique ability to breakdown the complex into something anyone can understand. I highly recommend Ryan to anyone in need of a real estate or property law attorney.


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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Partner of the YearThurston County Realtors Association2011
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselCairncross & Hempelmann, PS2014 - Present
MemberBean, Gentry, Wheeler & Peternell, PLLC2006 - 2014
Assistant City AttorneyCity of Marysville2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Industrial and Office PropertiesMember2014 - Present
Urban Land InstituteMember2013 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Thurston County Realtors AssociationDirector2008 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
Sound Property LawSound Property Law2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of WashingtonEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Real Estate CLEThe Condominium Solution2012
Monthly Associates' Meeting (Realtors)Understanding Alejandre v. Bull2009