Sydney M. Safley
Following in the footsteps of my grandfather and father, I found a passion for the study of history. For both society and institutions, there is value in learning where we come from as the knowledge allows us to better understand what the future holds. Likewise, as an advocate for my clients, it is essential to become familiar with the unique factual history, past and potential legal treatment, and practical implications of each client’s position. Seeking a legal counselor often means one has reached a fork in the road; I enjoy finding the route best suited for my clients’ individual needs.
In my practice I work with clients in transactional and litigation matters. Previous transactions include representing sellers and buyers in the purchase and sale of commercial and residential property, lessors and lessees in creating and assigning lease agreements, and business owners in the purchase and sale of entity interests and assets. In the litigation realm, I represented clients facing a wide array of real property issues including interpleaders and earnest money disputes, boundary line disagreements, seller misrepresentation and fraudulent concealment, unlawful detainer, foreclosure, and disputes involving homeowners’ associations.
Additionally, I have gained a particular interest in representing creditors seeking to enforce their rights within the bankruptcy court or before a debtor files for bankruptcy relief. I have counseled landlords facing tenants in the midst of bankruptcy and financial institutions seeking the most return on a loan made to a now-insolvent debtor.
Born in Seattle, I enjoy helping individuals and businesses around our region, providing me with an opportunity to help shape this innovative area. I take pride in building relationships with my clients as a trusted advocate.
As a lifelong Husky, I am proud to be a University of Washington graduate with a B.A. in History and Communication. I earned my J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Outside the office, I continually seek opportunities to stay engaged with my community, as well as strengthen my relationships with its residents as a volunteer with local and national non-profits. In my free time I enjoy exploring and photographing the Puget Sound and all of its beauty.
- J.D., Willamette University, College of Law
- B.A., University of Washington, History and Communication
- Washington State Bar Association
- U.S. District Court – Western District of Washington
- King County Washington Women Lawyer
- Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section
- Emerging Leaders – United Way of King County
Recent Representative Matters
- Represented residential property owners claiming adverse possession of neighbor’s property in 2-day trial and received court order granting clients’ title to the adversely possessed property
- Negotiated amicable boundary line agreement for clients facing adverse possession claim by neighbor
- Represented business owner in successful motion to vacate a default judgment for improper service
- Successfully represented creditor in motion from relief of automatic stay in bankruptcy and counseled creditor through foreclosure and sale of business inventory and equipment
- Argued and received order for distribution of surplus funds to a second-in-line creditor after property foreclosure
- Represented creditor in foreclosure of commercial property and subsequent eviction of tenant