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Ryan Michael Swinburnson

Criminal defense Attorney at Bellingham, WA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 23 years
    Oregon - OR 24 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1999
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ryan

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Ryan Swinburnson grew up in Northwest Washington.  He went to Central Washington University were he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996.  In 1999 he graduated  from Willamette University College of Law.   Ryan first passed the Oregon State Bar. Directly out of law school he worked for a mid-size law firm in Albany, Oregon.  He then passed the Washington State Bar and moved to the Tri-Cities.   He served in the Benton County Prosecutor's Office for two years.  He started his own practice in 2002, where he prosecuted for the City of Pasco and did criminal defense in Benton County.  Contemporaneously, he also cultivated a personal injury practice.  Morrow County retained his services as County Counsel in 2006 through 2015.   As a personal injury attorney, he vigorously represents those who have been harmed or injured and seeks full compensation for their injuries.  As a criminal defense attorney, he advocates zealously for his clients and readily goes to trial.  Over the last 20 years, he has successfully obtained numerous dismissals, not-guilty verdicts and acquittals and is a proven trial attorney.  Perhaps, most refreshing is his ability to communicate and relate with his clients but still aggressively and effectively represent his clients in the courtroom.

In 2020, Ryan took his experieence back to the place he grew up . . . . Whatcom County.  Since returning, Ryan has successfully defended on the simplest of misdemeanors to the most severe felonies.     If you need a smart and competent attorney to provide a vigorous defense, Call Ryan Today! 


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Swin Law LLC
1313 E. Maple St
Suite 734
Bellingham, WA, 98225

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Posted by Joel A Garcia | February 27, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Ryan Swinburnson is a amazing criminal defense attorney, made every court simplistic, helped me make sense of every process and what was going to happen next and made my life so mucb more easier
Posted by Brittany | May 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
No response from ryan with trial beginning soon.
I've been trying to get in contact with Ryan for close to 3 months and have left messages asking a return phone call and still nothing. I have trial starting here soon and we have yet talked about anything. My range is at 12-20 years and I'm very worried that I can not contact nor have I been contacted by Ryan. If you happen to see this before my trial starts please get in contact with me. I also have a new number and have txt u from it numerous times. I'd appreciate some sort of communication please, this is my freedom on the line. -Brittany Plagerman
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Posted by Christian | February 25, 2022
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Great attorney!
Ryan helped me out of a huge jam. I was charged with DUI and endangering a minor. He met with me and my family and ultimately got both charges dismissed. I'd definitely recommend him if you need help!
Posted by Jessica | July 13, 2016
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Honest, Professional Attorney
Ryan took time to make sure I was represented honestly and fairly. He is very professional, kind, and easy to work with. He put me at ease before my hearing and went out of his way to make sure I was prepared and understood the legal process. My case had a positive outcome because of Ryan's outstanding skills as an attorney.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Swin Law LLC
  • 2002 - Present


  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Settlement
  • $3.5 Million
  • Personal Injury
  • Settled for $750,000


  • Washington Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is professional and well respected in the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When I worked as a prosecutor, I worked opposing side to Ryan. I always found him to be upfront and honest. I now work with Ryan in the same firm and continue to endorse his hard work ethic and zealous representation of his clients."
Criminal defense
Personal injury