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John Rizzardi

John Rizzardi

Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S., Washington, Seattle

Website Phone: 206-254-4444 LinkedIn

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Washington, Seattle office

524 Second Avenue
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104-2323


John Rizzardi has over 36 years of experience in creditors' rights and bankruptcy, has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2011, and is ranked in Chambers and Partners’ 2018 USA guide Band 1 in the area of Washington State Bankruptcy/Restructuring.

As the firm’s Creditors' Rights & Insolvency group leader, he represents clients in workouts, loan restructurings, creditors' committees, receivers, lenders, sellers and buyers of distressed asset transactions and commercial landlords. He also co-chairs the firm's Agricultural group, focusing on the rights of secured lenders.

A frequent mediator of commercial disputes, John mediates litigation and business disputes. He is known for rapidly guiding participants to creative solutions and resolving expensive disagreements and litigation matters.

John is certified by the Hudson Institute of Coaching and provides executive and leadership coaching, strategic planning and facilitation services under the firm’s subsidiary, Pioneer Square Solutions, LLC (

Languages Spoken

  1. English


  1. Agricultural law
  2. Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights
  3. Commercial Litigation
  4. Contract law
  5. Debt and money advice
  6. Insolvency and bankruptcy
  7. Mediation - civil and commercial
  8. Practice management