Ryan Michael Swinburnson

Ryan Michael Swinburnson

Kennewick, Washington
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 is the only member of his firm that holds an Oregon and Washington bar license.  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, a position he currently holds.   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 fifteen 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.  When he is not at work, he actively coaches his children's athletic teams and is an avid golfer.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2000
  • Oregon, 1999


  • Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
    • J.D.
  • Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Major: Law and Justice

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers from The National Trial Lawyers Organization
  • 2015 10 Best in Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington Defenders Association, Member, 2010 - 2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Long Delapoer Healy McCann & Noonan, Associate, 1999 - 2000
  • Benton County Prosecutor's Office, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 2000 - 2002