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Frederick (Fred) B. Rivera



Seattle Office Managing Partner; Firmwide Co-Chair, Financial Services Litigation & Investigations

Fred Rivera is the Seattle Office Managing Partner and a member of the Commercial Litigation group.  His practice focuses on civil litigation, internal investigations, and government investigations. Selected for recognition in the 2013 U.S. News - Best Lawyers in America®, Fred has nearly 20 years of experience representing clients in business and real estate disputes, consumer protection claims, consumer lending compliance, financial products sales practices, mortgage fraud, fair housing and fair lending, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. Since 2008, Fred has devoted a substantial part of his practice to representing clients in a wide variety of financial services litigation, government enforcement, and compliance matters.  He has experience handling enforcement matters and inquiries before the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Senate, HUD, and other federal and state enforcement agencies.  Fred also represents public and corporate clients in class action cases and commercial disputes involving construction and development projects, real estate and business disputes, and commercial lending matters. From 1993 to 1998, Fred was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and more recently (2006 - 2008) Vice President in charge of internal investigations at Fannie Mae. He is the author of the firm's "Financial Services Litigation and Investigations" blog.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 - Present: Commercial Litigation

Professional Leadership

  • King County Bar Association, Trustee, 2010 - present
  • Federal Bar Association, Trustee, 2009 - 2011
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section/Committee on Consumer Financial Services and Litigation Section/Committee on Consumer and Personal Rights
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • William L. Dwyer Inns of Court, 2008 - 2010
  • Hispanic National Bar Association, Regional President, 2000 - 2001

Community Involvement

  • The Martinez Foundation, Board Member, 2008 - present
  • Gonzaga School of Law, Board of Advisors, 2011 - present
  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2006
  • The Rotary Boys and Girls Club, Board Member, 2004 - 2006
  • South Puget Sound Fair Housing Center, Board of Directors, 1999 - 2004

Related Employment

  • Fannie Mae, Washington, D.C., Vice President, Internal Investigations, 2006 - 2008
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C., Senior Trial Attorney, 1993 - 1998
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington, Law Clerk, 1991 - 1993


  • U.S. Attorney General's Advocacy Institute
    1994, 1996
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993
  • California State University of Northridge, B.A., 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington