Svetlana Spivak

3101 Western Ave,
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98121
Main: (206) 292-8008


After graduating law school in 2000, Ms. Spivak joined a local Seattle maritime law firm.  She fell in love with maritime law, its uniqueness, its long-standing history and tradition, and the hard-working people of marine industry.  She joined Holmes Weddle & Barcott in 2010.  Her primary focus remains maritime litigation, along with employment law, commercial litigation, insurance defense, and general civil litigation. Ms. Spivak is a board member and a legal counsel to North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association. 

Ms. Spivak has represented clients before a United States Coast Guard Marine Board of Inquiry on three occasion involving Coast Guard investigations into mass casualty events.  Being involved in investigations leading up to the official inquiries and hearings, representing clients at the inquiries and hearings, as well as defending clients in litigation and appeals, Ms. Spivak developed the skills necessary to successfully guide clients through all the steps of the process which follow such unfortunate events.

Ms. Spivak is a member of Alaska, Washington and Oregon Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice law in state and federal courts in those jurisdictions, as well as in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.  In the past, Ms. Spivak worked as a Court Certified Interpreter in Russian language, and her knowledge of the Russian language remains a valuable asset. 

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime 
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Labor and Employment Relations

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State and Federal Courts
  • Oregon State and Federal Courts
  • Alaska State and Federal Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Lvovskaya Politehnika, Lvov, Ukraine, 1994 (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business and Finance: University of Washington, magna cum laude, 1997
  • Juris Doctor: University of Washington, 2000