Claire L. Rootjes

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Phone: 360-558-5908 (WA)  |  503-283-3393 (OR)
Fax: 360-696-2122
“I find communication and collaboration are two of the lawyer's most effective tools. After all, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

Claire Rootjes helps businesses throughout the Northwest enforce contracts and litigate business disputes. Claire’s practice focuses on defending lender liability, consumer protection, and class action litigation. Her clients range from national financial institutions to small single-owner businesses.

Claire is a responsive, efficient, and detail-oriented attorney who enjoys working collaboratively with clients and interested parties to develop tailored strategies that best address each unique matter. She prides herself in excellent written and oral advocacy from the trial court through appellate levels.


  • Secured early dismissal of a $1 billion class action suit against surety bondholders.
  • Defended national financial institution in multi-million dollar securities litigation arising out of sales of Madoff-managed securities.
  • Secured dismissal of TILA and RESPA claims against loan servicer on summary judgment, reconsideration, and appeal.
  • Quickly secured a multi-million dollar judgment against loan guarantors and assisted lender with post-judgment collection and settlement efforts, including representation of the lender in bankruptcy proceedings.

Admitted to Practice:

  • State of Washington
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • BA, Azusa Pacific University, Summa Cum Laude, 2005 
  • JD, University of Washington School of Law, 2009


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Additional Community Activities: 

  • Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Board member and Secretary (2010-2015)
  • Editor and Associate Editor, De Novo, Washington Young Layer Division’s publication, 2010-2012
  • Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice, 2010-2012

Professional Leadership/Recognition:

  • Distinguished as a Washington Rising Star (2013-2018). Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters.

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