Colin Folawn


Colin Folawn helps clients resolve complex disputes, often involving the maritime and technology industries. He handles cases involving privacy and data security breach matters, maritime/admiralty law, and complex contract issues that include insurance and commercial matters. He also provides legal advice to lawyers regarding legal ethics and loss prevention.

Colin has tried civil jury cases to verdict in Washington courts and has written and argued several successful motions in state and federal courts. An experienced appellate lawyer, he has won cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington Court of Appeals, and the Washington Supreme Court. 

Memberships & Awards


  • Washington State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics, Member (2013-2018)


  • Washington Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2016-2018); Transportation & Maritime (2019)

Resources & Ideas

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

Cloud Security, Data Integrity, and the Law
Portland INTERFACE Conference
March 13, 2014

Transaction Traps: Legal Ethics for Business Lawyers
Ethics Hour, February 28, 2014

Cloud Security, Data Integrity, and the Law
Greater Seattle Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance, February 27, 2014

Ethics Considerations in Licensing and Negotiations
Washington State Bar Association, February 4, 2014

The Top Ten List: Exploring Ways that Lawyers Get into Trouble
Ethics Hour, January 24, 2014

Panelist, 11th Annual Law of Lawyering Conference
December 20, 2013

Developments in Maritime Law: Punitive Damages and Unseaworthiness
December 6, 2013

Legal Ethics and Social Media: Common Dilemmas Faced by Lawyers
Washington Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, December 4, 2013

Identifying and Managing Legal Risks of Cloud Computing
Seattle INTERFACE Conference, December 5, 2013

Playing Well with Others: The Legal Ethics of Association and Supervision
Ethics Hours, October 31, 2013

New and Emerging Ethics Issues for Trial Lawyers
National Business Institute, August 15, 2013

Legal Concerns Involving Cloud Computing
Greater Seattle Chapter of the Cloud, Security Alliance, May 23, 2013

Developments in Maintenance and Cure Law: Dean v. The Fishing Company of Alaska
May 30, 2013


  • Contact Tracing and Data Breach Notification
    Contact Tracing and Data Breach Notification
    September 20, 2020




Washington State Courts

Oregon State Courts

United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

United States District Court, District of Oregon

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Outside The Office