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Richard James Symmes

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 Richard J. Symmes, Esq. is a Seattle native and the
principal attorney at Symmes Law Group, PLLC. Mr. Symmes currently
focuses his practice on bankruptcy and debt settlement matters and is an
experienced bankruptcy advocate, having filed and prepared numerous
bankruptcy petitions prior to starting his own firm. Mr. Symmes is also
well versed in business, trademark, and sports and entertainment
matters. Prior to forming Symmes Law Group, PLLC Mr. Symmes was an
associate attorney at two respected law firms in Denver, Colorado where
his practice primarily involved bankruptcy, business and insurance
defense. While in law school Mr. Symmes clerked at All Pro Sports and
Entertainment in Denver, Colorado, where he participated in the
representation of marquee NFL and PGA athletes in player grievances,
endorsement contracts, standard player contracts, business
incorporations and trademark disputes. In addition to his work at All
Pro, Mr. Symmes clerked and interned for several law firms throughout
Colorado in the areas of employment, family, gambling, and trusts and
estates law.

    Mr. Symmes is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm
College of Law where he was the Vice President and Community Director of
the Sports and Entertainment Law Society as well as a Staff Editor for
the University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. Mr.
Symmes earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington
in Seattle where he double majored in economics and communications.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 80%
  2. Credit Repair: 5%
  3. Chapter 13: 5%
  4. Chapter 7: 5%
  5. Debt Settlement: 5%



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Aric Sana Bomsztyk

    Richard is the type of attorney that cares for his clients. He truly cares about delivering excellent service and getting the results they deserve. He has entrepreneurial skills and is very personable. I recommend him.


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  • Ian Franzel

    I have always found Richard to be very sharp, highly skilled in his practice area, and, very approachable and gregarious. I thoroughly endorse him and know and recommend as a valuable resource to the local legal community and to clients seeking a world-class bankruptcy attorney.


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Contact info

Symmes Law Group, PLLC

1001 Fourth Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA, 98154-1003


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Bankruptcy LawyerExpertise2016
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2014
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWSBA Board of Governors2012
Clients Choice AwardAvvo2012
Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
Sports & Entertainment Law Journal MemberUniversity of Denver, Sturm College of Law2008
Deans ListUniversity of Washington2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneySymmes Law Group, PLLC2010 - Present
AttorneyFoster Law Group, PC2009 - 2010
Associate AttorneyBalaban & Levinson, PC2009 - 2009
Law ClerkAll Pro Sports & Entertainment2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Seattle Chamber of CommerceMember2011 - Present
Neighborhood Debt Relief ClinicVolunteer Bankruptcy Attorney2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
King County Solo Attorney SectionMember2009 - Present
King County Bankruptcy Attorney SectionMember2009 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Debt SettlementSettled $96,500 in total debt for $25,000
Palisades Collection, LLC v. PDI Industries and EvansMy client was dismissed with prejudice. He cannot be sued or liable for the debt in the future
Navient Student LoanNegotiated a Settlement of $30K down from $68K owed on the loans
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Washington School of LawEconomics & CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Urban Unlimited Radio ShowDebt Relief and Foreclosure Defense2015
KOMO 4 NewsCopyright Infringement Interview2013
Head of the House Radio ShowBankruptcy Options2012