Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Michael K. Ryan to the King County Superior Court today. He replaces Judge Barbara Mack who is retiring on January 11.
Ryan currently serves as assistant city attorney in the Government Affairs section at the Seattle City Attorney’s Office where he has worked on a range of high-profile cases relating to public records, for-hire drivers, the challenge to the Seattle Democracy Voucher program and a variety of public initiatives.
Prior to joining the city attorney’s office, he was a partner in the litigation department at K&LGates LLP in Seattle. His practice focused on constitutional cases where he advised municipal clients, public transit authorities and school districts. Ryan began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Frank J. Magill, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
“Michael has litigated an array of very complex and difficult issues,” Inslee said. “His experience has earned him broad respect from his colleagues, and he will be an excellent addition to the King County Superior Court.”
Ryan received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College.