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.

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.

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


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2009

  • B.A., Azusa Pacific University, summa cum laude, 2005

Professional Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Washington State Bar Association

    • Appellate Section

  • King County Bar Association

  • De Novo by Washington Young Lawyer Division, Editor and Associate Editor, 2010-2012

Past Experience:

  • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, 2010-2018

Awards & Recognition:

  • Selected to Washington Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers®, 2013-2019

Published Articles & Presentations:

  • “Law Firm Accounting, What you should know about the business side of law,” NW Lawyer, May 21, 2013

Community Activities:

  • Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Board member and Secretary, 2010-2015

  • Advocates for Immigrant Justice, Volunteer, 2010-2012


  • Rajagopalan v. Fid. & Deposit Co. of Md., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164509 (W.D. Wash. 2015)

    Secured early dismissal of a $1 billion class action suit against surety bondholders.

  • FutureSelect Portfolio Mgmt., Inc. v. Tremont Grp. Holdings, Inc., 180 Wn.2d 954 (2014)

    Defended national financial institution in multi-million dollar securities litigation arising out of sales of Madoff-managed securities.

  • Baker v. NW Trustee Services, 2016 Wash. App. LEXIS 1050 (2016), review denied, Baker v. PennyMac Loan Services, 2016 Wash. LEXIS 1019 (Sept. 28, 2016)

    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.