Ryan’s practice focuses on environmental and land use law, with an emphasis on land development and permitting. Ryan was raised in a political family, an experience that gave her a valuable understanding of both the substance of the law and the political framework within which decisions are made. Our state's permit system can be a complex maze for many clients, no matter how sophisticated. Ryan applies her expertise to develop and execute strategies to successfully assist clients in reaching their goals.
Repeatedly listed in the Best Lawyers® Real Estate Law (Land Use) category, most recently in 2018
Repeatedly ranked by Chambers USA as a Leading Individual for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, most recently in 2018
University of Washington Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015.
A/V Preeminent Lawyer, Martindale Hubbell
Repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyer by Washington Super Lawyers. One of the "Top 50 Women" vote getters in the 2003, 2005, and 2009-2013 surveys, as well as a "Top 100" vote getter in 2011 for Washington attorneys overall
Appointed by Governor Gregoire to the Washington State University Board of Regents, 2011
Profiled in the King County Bar Association's October 2009 edition of the Bar Bulletin, in "Land Use Suits Her to a 'T'"
Featured in cover article in the August/September 2001 edition of Washington Law & Politics with sister, Jenny Durkan
Appointed by Governors Locke and Lowry to chair Washington State's Land Use Study Commission, 1995-1998