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Colin Folawn

Colin Folawn



  • Appellate
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Privacy and Data Security

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Colin Folawn helps clients resolve complex disputes, often involving the maritime and technology industries. He handles cases involving privacy and data security breach matters, maritime/admiralty law, and complex contract issues that include insurance and commercial matters. He also provides legal advice to lawyers regarding legal ethics and loss prevention.

Colin has tried civil jury cases to verdict in Washington courts and has written and argued several successful motions in state and federal courts. An experienced appellate lawyer, he has won cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington Court of Appeals, and the Washington Supreme Court. 

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Courts
  • Oregon State Courts
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


  • Willamette University, Bachelor of Music degree‎ (1996)
  • Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude (2003)
Areas of Practice

Appellate | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Privacy and Data Security | Professional Liability


  • PODCAST | You Know It's Maritime
  • Privacy Law Update: CCPA Proposed Final Regulations Submitted for Approval
  • Maritime Risks in the Age of COVID-19
  • European Court of Justice Judgment Finds U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework Inadequate for Protecting Data
  • When Handling Health Info, Destroy That Data ‎Securely
  • Oregon and Washington Companies Should ‎Prepare for the Next Data Crisis by Developing a ‎Data Breach Notification Plan
  • What Oregon Businesses Need to Remember About Data Security and Privacy
  • Ethical Marketing of Legal Services
  • Running the Social Media Maze


  • The Evolution of Data Privacy in Tech
  • Data Breach and Privacy Workshop for the Manufacturing, Distribution and Retail Industry
  • Data Breaches and the Maritime Industry: Planning and Prevention
  • How Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures Protect Against Cyberattacks
  • Safe Cybering: Protect Yourself, Presented by the Professional & Industry Associates Council
  • Ethics Hour: Identifying and Resolving Conflicts of Interest
  • Traps for the Unwary Vessel Owner and Claim Professional
  • Complex, Cutting Edge Ethics Issues (and How to Deal with Them)
  • Crew Claim Traps for the Unwary: Minimizing Exposure from Hire to Resolution‎

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