Ryan A. Jacobsen, Attorney


I'm a transactional and litigation attorney, and I love my job. About 90% of my clients have legal issues involving real property and personal property, which includes estate planning and wills, trust estates, probate estates, guardianship estates, insurance settlements, debt collection, short sales, deeds in lieu, cash for keys, residential and commercial leases, landlord-tenant disputes, real estate transactions, property contract disputes, real estate LLCs and trusts, corporate stock sales, and investment property. These matters fit neatly into three categories: People, Property, and Business.


I have an incredible wife, Abby, and two beautiful children, Benjamin and Leah. I enjoy woodworking, and recently built an 8' kitchen table for my wife. If you'd like more information about me as an attorney and person, read what my clients have to say about me.

Ryan A. Jacobsen, Jacobsen Law Office, P.S., Olympia Real Estate Lawyer and Attorney

Leah with dad

Recent Matters

Not-So-Basic Estate Plan

Counseled with clients regarding their "basic" estate planning needs, and discovered clients' hidden concerns involving an adult child. Proposed creative solutions, and prepared specific estate planning documents for their needs.

Settlement of Contract Dispute

Commenced litigation to enforced a consumer's contract rights in a case involving unfair business practices, the consumer protection act, breach of warranty, breach of contract, and personal injuries. Negotiated a settlement (sealed).

Unconditionally Prevailed at Trial

Landlord-tenant case involving Section 8 Housing tenant with cockroach infestation who claimed that the landlords and Trustees, my clients, were discriminating and retaliating against him.

Community Property Agreement Administration

Avoided probate and assisted my client by efficiently administering her husband's estate under a community property agreement.

Client Appointed as Guardian

Represented the mother of a young adult with a developmental disability against a paternal grandparent who initiated the guardianship proceeding to control third-party visitation.

Settled Contract Dispute Without Litigation

Advocated clients' contract interests, privacy rights, and damages, reducing clients' risk exposure from twice their obligation to no risk and no obligation whatsoever.

Practice Areas





Washington State Bar Association, 2010

State Bar of California, 2008

Thurston County Bar Association, 2011

Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, 2012


Teaching Positions


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

 • Business Law

 • Federal Regulations, Ethics, and Public Policy


Taft Law School

 • Constitutional Law

 • Tort Law

 • Administrative Law

 • Legal Writing