David Ebel


For every problem, there is a solution‎.

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I help clients resolve disputes in connection with securities, financial services, business, and commercial lease matters. I approach ‎each litigation matter with one goal: to provide optimal value to my clients. I actively work ‎with my clients at the outset of every matter to establish their goals and to develop a measured plan ‎to achieve those goals efficiently and cost-effectively.‎

As lead counsel in hundreds of commercial disputes during my 24 years of practice, I have extensive experience in state and federal courts and before a wide range of arbitrators and mediators. Depending on the ‎client’s goals, I work to resolve disputes prior to litigation, but will also try cases to verdict when necessary. I am ‎experienced in helping clients resolve matters ranging from violations of the securities, fraudulent transfer and trade ‎secret acts to breach of contract and/or fiduciary obligations to bankruptcy and creditor rights. In addition, I have extensive experience representing landlords and tenants in commercial (retail and industrial) lease disputes.



  • Successfully represented broker-dealers in a wide variety of National Association of Securities Dealers/Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (NASD/FINRA) arbitration cases.
  • Represented dozens of clients in actions concerning securities fraud and Ponzi schemes.
  • Regularly represents clients in litigation matters involving alleged violations of the Washington State Securities Act and Washington State Consumer Protection Act.
  • Represented a claimant in NASD/FINRA arbitration that resulted in what is believed to have been the largest single-customer award in Washington history at the time.

Commercial Lease

  • Regularly represents Tenants and Landlords in commercial lease disputes involving industrial and retail premises.
  • Negotiates pre-litigation resolutions and workouts of commercial lease issues on behalf of Tenants and Landlords.

Breach of Contract

  • Won a complete award of full principal and attorney fees for client in a breach of contract and successor liability trial in King County Superior Court.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation case for clients within three months of commencement of litigation.
  • Resolved an LLC member dispute involving complicated trade secret, contract and damages issues.
  • Obtained a full defense verdict and attorney fee award in fully litigated commercial lease dispute.
  • Obtained a summary judgment dismissal of a breach of contract action within two months of taking over representation.
  • Represents lenders in breach of loan agreement actions.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty

  • Represents plaintiffs and defendants in director and officer breach of fiduciary duty cases.
  • Represents numerous clients in securities actions alleging or defending breach of fiduciary duty claims.
  • Successfully defended client in multiple shareholder strike suits brought in connection with client’s acquisition of a public company.
  • Served as local counsel in a breach of fiduciary duty and RICO case alleging damages in excess of $150,000,000.

Trade Secrets

  • Represents plaintiffs and defendants in actions involving alleged violations of the Uniform and Washington Trade Secrets Act.

Fraudulent Transfers

  • Represents plaintiffs and defendants in state, federal and bankruptcy court actions involving alleged fraudulent transfers of assets by debtors.

Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights

  • Regularly represents creditors in bankruptcy court and related adversary proceedings.
  • Advises and represents clients in connection with creditors’ rights and debt collection issues.
  • Represents clients in enforcing secured rights in collateral.


  • Seattle University, School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, cum laude (1998)
  • Whitman College, Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (1993)


  • Washington State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of ‎Washington


  • Washington State Bar Association, Business Litigation and Securities Litigation Sections
  • King County Bar Association, Member


  • Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers List, Business Litigation (2014-2023)

Community Activities

  • YouthForce, Advisory Board, Former Member
  • Seattle Prep School Alumni, Board Member (2003-2013)
  • King County Bar Association Greenwood Neighborhood Legal Clinic, Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney
  • White River Recreational Association Board Member

Outside Interests

Skiing, competitive tennis and spending time with my wife and four daughters.

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