Charles R. Ekberg

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7012 |

Areas of Practice

Chuck Ekberg focuses his practice on business bankruptcies, reorganizations, workouts, creditors’ remedies, receiverships, and real estate litigation and financing.  He has frequently appeared as a speaker at various seminars on bankruptcy practice and has authored numerous articles or papers which have appeared in various publications relating to bankruptcy practice.  He is a member of the Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and has served four terms on the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association’s Creditor/Debtor Section.  He is a former Chairperson of the King County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section and has also served on local bankruptcy rules committees in both the Western District of Washington and Eastern District of Washington.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.  Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed him as a “Leading Lawyer,” stating that “he is extensively praised by clients and peers alike, who say: ‘He is fantastic — very experienced and approachable, with great business sense.’”

Professional Experience

  • Lane Powell PC
    • Shareholder (1978-Present)
    • Associate (1971-1977)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • University of Washington (J.D., 1971; B.A., with honors, 1968)
    • University of Washington Law Review, Board of Editors (1970-1971)
    • Research Associate to Professor William H. Rodgers, Jr. (1969)
    • Order of the Coif

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Financial Institutions
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Counsel to Washington Federal as a secured creditor in Cascade Ag Services’ Chapter 11 case
  • Co-counsel to Metropolitan Mortgage & Securities Co. Inc., debtor in Chapter 11 case
  • Counsel to various insurance companies in Catholic Bishop of Spokane Chapter 11 case
  • Counsel to various insurance companies in Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska Chapter 11 case
  • Representation of the Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in Garden Botanika, Inc.
  • Representation of Chase Manhattan Bank in Vanguard Electronics, Inc.
  • Representation of Nordstrom, Inc. in Liberty House, Inc.
  • Co-counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Pay ‘N Pak Stores, Inc.
  • Representation of General Electric Capital Corporation in TreeSource Industries, Inc. and Quality Veneer and Lumber, Inc.
  • Representation of receivers in state court receiverships
  • Representation of trustees in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases
  • Representation of Western Farmers Association, debtor in a Chapter 11 case
  • Representation of CHG International, Inc., debtor in Chapter 11 case
  • Representation of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Inside Sports magazine


  • “Drafting Errors Routinely Cost Lenders’ Post-Bankruptcy Attorney’s Fees and Interest,” Community Banker magazine, Co-author (Spring 2013)
  • Debtor-in-Possession’s Operation of Business
  • Creditor Concerns Under the 1978 Bankruptcy Reform Act
  • Confirmation of the Plan of Reorganization in a Chapter 11 Case
  • Recovering Form of Application and Order to Obtain Financing
  • Representing the Concerns of the Secured Creditor in Chapter 11 Case
  • Claims and Creditors Under the New Bankruptcy Rules
  • Rules Applicable to Chapter 11 Case
  • Appeals From the Bankruptcy Court
  • Miscellaneous Rules Governing Bankruptcy Procedure
  • Right and Obligations of the Debtor in Possession
  • Practice and Procedure in the Bankruptcy Court: Is There Life After Marathon Disclosure Statements
  • Practice and Procedure Regarding Relief From Stay Motions
  • Factual Problems:  Bankruptcy Workshop (January 19, 1985)
  • Structure of a Final Plan (1985)
  • Liabilities and Concerns of Officers, Directors and Insiders (1985)
  • Creditor’s Perspectives on a Debtor in Trouble (1985)
  • Issues Relating to Employment and Compensation of Attorneys in Bankruptcy Case (1986)
  • The Trustee’s Use of Avoiding Powers (1986)
  • Rights of Creditors in the Confirmation of the Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization (1986)
  • The Rights of Creditors in Disclosure Statement Process (1987)
  • Creditor’s Rights Under the Family Farmer Bankruptcy Act (1987)
  • Issues Relating to Employment and Compensation of Attorneys and Other Professionals in Bankruptcy Cases (1988)
  • Motions for the Appointment of Trustee and Examiners (1988)
  • Recovery of Creditor’s Attorney’s Fees and Recovery of Attorney’s Fees From Creditors in Bankruptcy Cases (1988)
  • Treatment of Adequate Protection Payments after Timbers: The Tempest or Much Ado About Nothing? (1989)
  • Changes in the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
  • Lose a Case? Consider the Appeal of Chapter 11 (1990)
  • Problems Relating to Airline Bankruptcies (1993)
  • Preferences: Recovery and Defense (1994)
  • A Functional Analysis of Bankruptcy Law (1995)
  • Payment of Administrative Expenses:  Priorities Among Priorities or Are Some Claims More Equal Than Other Claims? (1996)
  • Pillotex and Beyond (2003)
  • Conflicts of Interest in the Retention of Restructuring Professionals (2003)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, Bankruptcy Litigation (1986-2017)
  • Recommended by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2005-2016)
  • Named as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2001-2015), Bankruptcy: Business (2016) (“Top 100 Washington Super Lawyer”
  • Recognized for his work in bankruptcy law by The Legal 500 United States (2009)
  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Professional and Community Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Business Bankruptcy Committee
    • Member, Subcommittee on Bankruptcy Rules
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Bankruptcy Committee, Western District Federal Bar Association
  • Director, Kids’ Discovery Museum
  • Former Director, Bainbridge Foundation
  • Former Director, Hamlin Robinson School
  • Former Director, University of Washington Law School Foundation


  • Proficient in Swedish

Charles R. Ekberg

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7012 |


Charles R. Ekberg

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7012 |