Ryan P. McBride

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7962 |

Areas of Practice

Ryan McBride focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and class action litigation and appeals. He has represented clients in a variety of business, antitrust, securities, health care, regulatory and constitutional disputes in both state and federal court. Ryan has also handled numerous appellate matters in the Washington Court of Appeals, Washington Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and has authored several articles on appellate advocacy.

Professional Experience

  • Heller Ehrman L.L.P. (Menlo Park, CA & Seattle, WA)
  • Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff L.L.P. (Cleveland, OH)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • California (inactive)
  • Ohio (inactive)


  • The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1997)
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., magna cum laude, 1993)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Membership

  • Appellate
  • Class Action Defense
  • Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Securities Litigation


  • “Washington Supreme Court Affirms Washington Federal v. Gentry and Confirms Lenders’ Right to Obtain Deficiency Judgments Against Guarantors Following Nonjudicial Foreclosure,” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (January 8, 2015)
  • “Washington Court of Appeals Confirms Lenders’ Right to Obtain Deficiency Judgments Against Guarantors Following Nonjudicial Foreclosure of Commonly Used Form of Deed of Trust,” Community Banker magazine, Co-author (Summer 2014)
  • “Can I Challenge an Arbitration Award in Court?” Puget Sound Business Journal ADR and Litigation Q&A Column Titled “Ask the Legal Professionals” (October 28, 2011)
  • “The Right to Appeal – Use it or Lose it: Immediately Appealing the Denial of a Motion to Compel Arbitration in Washington State Courts,” Bar News, Washington State Bar Association (June 2009)
  • “How To Write, Edit, and Review Persuasive Briefs: Seven Guidelines From One Judge and Two Lawyers,” Bar News, Washington State Bar Association (November 2008); Seattle University Law Review (Spring 2008)
  • “A Guide to Appellate Motions on the Merits,” Bar Bulletin, King County Bar Association (December 2007)

Representative Matters

  • New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC v. City of Clyde Hill, 374 P.3d 151 (Wash. 2016) (Washington Supreme Court affirmed right to bring declaratory judgment action to challenge municipal fine on state constitutional grounds)
  • Washington Federal v. Harvey, 340 P.3d 846 (Wash. 2015) (Washington Supreme Court affirmed deficiency liability of commercial guarantor under deeds of trust act)
  • Washington Federal v. Azure Chelan LLC, 2016 WL 3742165 (Wash. App. 2016) (affirmed judgment in favor of junior lienholder to quiet title over senior lienholder)
  • In re Richard C. Sweezey Trust, 2016 WL 2874324 (Wash. App. 2016) (affirmed summary dismissal of petition for distribution of trust assets under TEDRA)
  • Michaels Stores, Inc. v. RPAI Lakewood, L.L.C., 2015 WL 1036956 (Wash. App. 2015) (affirmed summary judgment in commercial lease dispute)
  • Dep’t of Labor & Industries v. Lyons Enterprises, Inc., 347 P.3d 464 (Wash. App. 2015), aff’d, —P.3d — (2016) (reversed in part application of industrial insurance act to franchises)
  • Washington Federal Sav. & Loan Ass’n v. McNaughton, 325 P.3d 383 (Wash. App. 2014) (affirmed summary judgment on “fair value” issue under deeds of trust act)
  • Washington Federal v. Gentry, 319 P.3d 823 (Wash. App. 2014) (reversed summary judgment against commercial guarantor under deeds of trust act)
  • In re Wash. Builders Benefit Trust, 293 P.3d 1206 (Wash. App. 2013) (affirmed judgment dismissing breach of trust claims against local builders association)
  • In re Allen, 472 B.R. 559 (9th Cir. BAP 2012) (affirmed bankruptcy court’s rejection of debtor’s objection to claim filed by holder of promissory note)
  • City of Puyallup v. Hogan, 277 P.3d 49 (Wash. App. 2012) (affirmed bench trial judgment in condemnation apportionment case)
  • Cano-Garcia v. King County, 277 P.3d 34 (Wash. App. 2012) (affirmed summary judgment in WISHA action)
  • Wedgewood at Renton, Inc. v. Westcott Holdings, Inc., 2012 WL 2087085 (Wash. App. 2012) (reversed summary judgment in commercial real estate dispute)
  • Gear Athletics LLC v. Engstrom Prop. LLC, 2011 WL 3795697 (Wash. App. 2011) (reversed bench trial judgment in commercial real estate dispute)
  • Coppinger-Martin v. Solis, 627 F.3d 745 (9th Cir. 2010) (affirmed agency dismissal of whistleblower claim on limitations grounds)
  • V&E Medical Imaging Services, Inc. v. Birgh, 2010 WL 4402333 (Wash. App. 2010) (affirmed jury verdict and fee award on fiduciary duty and consumer protection claims)
  • Nail v. Consol. Res. Health Care Fund I, 229 P.3d 885 (Wash. App. 2010) (reversed order denying arbitration in claim against nursing facility)
  • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Liberty Surplus Ins. Corp., 2010 WL 598766 (Wash. App. 2010) (reversed summary judgment in insurance coverage dispute)
  • Ott v. Ingenix, Inc., 333 Fed. App’x 342 (9th Cir. 2009) (affirmed summary judgment dismissal of Lanham Act claim)
  • In re L&L Energy, Inc. Sec. Litig., 908 F. Supp. 2d 1147 (W.D. Wash. 2012) (order dismissing federal class action securities fraud claims)
  • Washington Health Care Ass’n v. Arnold-Williams, 601 F. Supp. 2d 1224 (W.D. Wash. 2009) (order invalidating state boarding home statute on constitutional grounds)
  • Steele v. Extendicare Health Services, Inc., 607 F. Supp. 2d 1226 (W.D. Wash. 2009) (order dismissing class action consumer protection claims against nursing facility)

Awards and Honors

  • Selected “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation (2016-2017)