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I provide a broad array of services to banks and other financial institutions. I am experienced in defending lawsuits involving lender liability, deposit and investment accounts, securities fraud, creditors' rights, employment disputes, and trusts.  I also assist clients with loan workouts and asset recovery actions and have represented numerous creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. In addition, I represent my clients in connection with state and federal regulatory investigations and advise clients on compliance and operational issues.

In addition to my financial services practice, I have a strong general commercial litigation background and have represented business clients in a wide variety of complex disputes, including disputes involving real estate, breach of contract, business torts, intellectual property, and class actions.  I also serve on our firm's Board of Directors.


Practice areas


  1. Banking: 50%
    16 years
  2. Litigation: 50%
    16 years

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Contact info

Graham & Dunn PC

2801 Alaskan Way Suite 300

Seattle, WA, 98121-1128


IDAuthorized to practice law200908/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Open Door AwardGraham & Dunn PC2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Avvo Top Banking LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
Rising StarN/A2007
Rising StarN/A2006
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarN/A2003
Rising StarN/A2002
Lewis F. Powell Jr. Medal for Excellence in AdvocacyN/A2000
Order of the BarristersN/A2000
Honor Graduate, Graduating Class of 2000N/A2000
Order of the CoifN/A2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder / AttorneyGraham & Dunn PC2004 - Present
AssociateSchwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC2000 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Idaho State BarMember2009 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association (W.D. Washington)MemberN/A
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmittedN/A
United States Court of Federal ClaimsAdmittedN/A
National Advisory Council, U.S. Small Business AdministrationPresidential Appointee2006 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Richards v. Seattle Metropolitan Credit UnionAffirmed dismissal of case on all major points
Moroz v. Columbia State BankSuccessfully affirmed trial court dismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
CyberGrahamFinancial Storm Clouds are Gathering - Need an Umbrella? 2007
Washington Law ReviewWashington's "Spam Killing" Statute: Does it Slaughter Privacy in the Process?1999
NW Yachtbroker's AssociationBrokerage Fees and YouN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of WashingtonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bank CEO Brainstorming RoundtableLender Liability Litigation Roundup2013
Acquire or Be Acquired ConferenceFiduciary Duties of Bank Directors in the Sale of Their Bank (M&A Simulation)2012
Special Assets Group Brown Bag SeminarEver-Changing Foreclosure Laws -- Keeping Up in Washington, Oregon and Idaho2011
Complying with Federal and State Mortgage Lending LawDefending Mortgage Lenders and Brokers: Current Litigation Trends2011
Bank CEO RoundtableBank Internal Investigations - Tips from the Front Line2011
WBA Commercial Credits Workout ForumWhat Happens When a Home Developer Goes Bust?2009
Western Independent Bankers WebinarHot Topics in Lending and Credit 20082008
Western Regional Financial Crimes Investigators Offsite Working Effectively with the Bank's Outside Counsel2007
Chief Lending Officer's ConferenceElectronic Discovery Issues for Banks and Lenders2007
Bank CEO RoundtableA banking retrospective: looking back on 2006 and ahead to 20072007
Litigation Brown Bag LunchCommunicating with Expert Witnesses2005
Chief Lending Officer's ConferenceThat's Not My Loan: Legal Lending Limits2005
NACM Quarterly MeetingTop Ten To-Do's for Your Loan Files2002