Dillon E. Jackson

Dillon E. Jackson

Dillon has more than 45 years of experience in advising clients on creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. His practice emphasizes bankruptcy and other creditor-debtor matters, including representing debtors and secured creditors in workouts and loan restructuring; secured creditors in large commercial and multifamily real estate Chapter 11 bankruptcies in Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, Arizona, and California; representation of receivers in varied scenarios; representation of Chapter 11 debtors in Washington and Alaska; and major purchasers of assets of troubled companies in bankruptcies and receivership and commercial landlords. Additional experience includes the representation of creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 cases in Washington and Alaska.

Dillon was also recently singled out by the highly regarded Chambers USA legal directory, which annually interviews firm clients. In addition to a top-ranking of Foster Pepper's Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy practice, Chambers noted Dillon's broad bankruptcy practice emphasizing commercial and multifamily real estate, and as “one of the most experienced bankruptcy attorneys in Seattle.”

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American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Board of Directors, 2000-2009
  • Executive Board, 2006-2009
  • Secretary, 2006-2009
  • Publications Committee, Vice Chair, 1995
  • Research and Education Committee, Vice Chair, 1992-1995
  • ABI Band "Indubitable Equivalents", 2005-Present
  • ABI Law Review Board
  • ABI Website Committee
  • Faculty of ABI Litigation Skills Program yearly to 2015

St. John's University, Bankruptcy LLM Board

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Member

American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow, 1990-Present

American Bankruptcy Board of Certification

  • Member, 1991-2000
  • Faculty, 1992-2000
  • Dean of Faculty, 1996

Washington State Bar Association

  • Creditor-Debtor Law Section
  • Executive Committee, 1980-1989
  • Member, 1980-1989
  • Chair, 1984-1986
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Member, 1985-1988
  • Chair, 1986-1988

Continuing Legal Education Board

  • Member, 1988-1994
  • Chair, 1991-1993

King County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section Chair, 1983-1985

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Seattle

  • Member, Executive Board, 1975-1978

Seattle Glider Counsel

Seattle Waterways Coalition

Dox Cooperative Association, President, 1990-1991; 2007-2010

Floating Homes Association

Soaring Society of America

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Default Interest No Longer Wiped Out By a "cure" in Chapter 11 Cases

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, November 2016

Chapter 11 Reorganization

Author, Commercial Law Deskbook, Washington State Bar Association, 1994

Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice

Co-author, Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1987; 1993

Consumer Bankruptcy

Co-author, Commercial Law Deskbook, Washington State Bar Association, 1985, 1994



Dillon has conducted more than 100 lectures, seminars or symposia on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, workouts and lender liability law.

Sponsors have included Practicing Law Institute, Professional Education Systems, Inc., Washington State Bar Association, Oregon Bar Creditor-Debtor Rights Section, CLE International and numerous other private and professional organizations. Speaker on the subject of bankruptcy law and creditor-debtor issues in most of the major cities in the U.S., including Seattle, Portland, Anchorage, Spokane, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Denver. In 1993, he spoke in New Delhi, India, on the subject of United States Bankruptcy Law at the request of the U.S. government.

Who’s on First? Battles over Judicial Authority Under Stern v. Marshall

Panelist, 25th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, April 2012

Bankruptcy Practice

Speaker, WSBA Federal Practice Boot Camp, October 2010

Effective Cross Examination

Speaker, ABI: 9th Annual Litigation Skills Symposium, May 2010

Bankruptcy and Receivers

Speaker, 2010 Real Estate & Land Use Seminar, April 2010

Getting in (or out) of the Game - Scenarios on Workout / Receivers / Foreclosure Issues

Panelist, Troubled Condominiums Seminar, March 2010

Commercial Loan Issues and Chapter 11; Protecting the Creditor

Speaker, NBI - Foreclosure and Bankruptcy, November 2009

Tribal Enterprises Facing Bankruptcy??? Is it an Option?

Moderator, Third Annual Native American Economic Development Conference, September 2009

Stalled Condominium Projects

Panelist, 2009 Bankers Briefing, May 2009

Developer and Builder Loan Workout and Collection Strategies

Presenter, April 2008

Lender Liability - Top 5 Exposures

Speaker, Mastering Disaster - Dealing with Problem Credits, March 2008

Revised UCC Article 9 Secured Transactions

Speaker, April 2007

Introduction to the Bankruptcy Code and Rules

Speaker, Bankruptcy Law and Procedure From Start to Finish, 2007


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"Sources say that Dillon Jackson 'is one of the most experienced bankruptcy attorneys in Seattle'" - Chambers USA

Litigation & Dispute ResolutionCreditors' Rights & BankruptcyFinancial Institutions


Tel: 206.447.8962Fax: 206.749.1959


The Best Lawyers in America©

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, 1987-2019
  • Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2019

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2002-2018

Chambers USA Leading Individual, Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law

Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business magazine

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, 2013

2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine

American College of Bankruptcy Attorneys, Fellow, Inaugural Class, 1990-Present

Top Lawyers in Washington, Financial Markets and Services/ Bankruptcy/Debt, Washington CEO, 2008

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating



J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1970

A.B., Middlebury College, 1967

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1970

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Washington, 1978
  • Western District of Washington, 1971
  • Central California
  • District of Arizona

9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 1970

U.S. Tax Court, 1990

Bankruptcy Courts pro hac vice

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
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Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 1991-Present

Hatch & Leslie, Partner, 1985-1991


Chapter 11 filings up 75% in Western Washington

Puget Sound Business Journal, August 2010

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