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Ryan D. Yahne is a founding member of Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC and focuses his practice on the areas of construction, real estate, and business litigation.  In the area of construction litigation, Ryan represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, and design professionals in all types of commercial, residential, and public works matters, with an emphasis on State and Federal construction projects. His practice also focuses on the area of Sustainable or “Green” Building law, where Ryan holds a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) designation, one of only a few attorneys in Washington or the Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho region to hold the designation. Ryan’s experience ranges from construction contract formation and review, advising clients on development and land use issues, LEED certification issues, condominium construction and development issues, as well as all types of adversarial matters including litigation, arbitrations, Miller Act claims, bid protests, bond claims, mechanic liens, public works retainage claims and the Washington Condominium Act claims.

Ryan also devotes a substantial part of his practice to the area of real estate litigation, including representing owners, developers, property managers, and property owners in all types of disputes and negotiations.  Ryan’s real estate experience includes lease drafting and reviews, development rights, evictions, easements, adverse possession, and eminent domain/condemnation litigation.

Ryan has appeared in state and federal courts in Washington, California, and Idaho, including trial work and appellate experience before the Washington State Appellate Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ryan has also advised and assisted many clients to resolve matters through alternative dispute resolution, including complex construction arbitration.  He has also written articles concerning construction related legal developments and frequently presents at Construction law, Property law and Green law seminars.



Practice areas


  1. Construction: 60%
    12 years
  2. Real Estate: 40%
    12 years

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  • Brian John Bean

    I endorse this lawyer. Ryan works diligently on behalf of his client and is an extremely capable attorney. I would happily refer him.


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Contact info

Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC

522 W. Riverside
Suite 410
Spokane, WA, 99201-0627


IDAuthorized to practice law200808/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SuperLawyer Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
SuperLawyer Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Spokane's Best LawyersSpokane Coeur D'Alene Living Magazine2011
Super Lawyer Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Spokane's Best LawyersSpokane Coeur D'Alene Living Magazine2010
Super Lawyer Rising StarSuperLawyers2010
LEED Accredited ProfessionalUS Green Building Council2009
Spokane's Best LawyersSpokane Coeur D'Alene Living Magazine2009
Super Lawyer Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberPiskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC2012 - Present
PrincipalWinston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation2009 - 2012
AssociateWinston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation2007 - 2009
Associate AttorneyDunn & Black, P.S.2004 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cascadia Region Green Building CouncilMember2008 - Present
Associated Builders and ContractorsMember2004 - Present
Associated General ContractorsMember2004 - Present
Spokane Young Lawyers DivisionPresident2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Michael W. Naccarato, et ux, et al v. Jack Finney, et ux, et alObtained a favorable result for client
Draszt v. NaccaratoObtained favorable result for client
Draszt v. Naccarato, 146 Wash.App. 536 (2008)Title quieted in favor of clients
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSBA Construction Law SectionWaiver of Industrial Insurance Act Must Be Express2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of WashingtonBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Aspects of Sustainable BuildingSustainable/Green Building2009
Legal Aspects of Sustainable BuildingSustainable/Green Building2009
ABC Contracts and Subcontracts SeminarContracts and Subcontracts2009
Road and Access LawTrial Preparation and Litigation of the Road and Access Easement Case2008
Fundamentals of Construction LawSubcontract Issues2008
Fundamentals of Construction LawSubcontract Provisions2008
Construction Lien Law in WashingtonConstruction Lien Law in Washington2006
Change Orders SeminarChange Orders in Construction2006
Boundary Disputes SeminarAdverse Possession Litigation2006