Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC

Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC

Short Cressman offers an ideal range of legal services to business, government, tribal and individual clients.

Firm Overview

We recognize, in the practice of law, performance is paramount and headcount is no substitute for creativity and commitment. Short Cressman deliberately maintains a firm size and practice mix that affords both broad talent and focused drive to protect and advance our clients' interests.

Our firm takes pride in demonstrating, time and again, that there is no limit to what a relatively small team of dedicated attorneys and staff can accomplish when they leverage the full sum of their skills, knowledge, resources and relationships to achieve cutting edge excellence and quality.

A century ago, Short Cressman started with a focus on the land, becoming one of the Northwest's leading construction law firms. Always responsive to our clients' objectives, we evolved with them to handle nearly all of their business and individual legal needs. Over the years, we have strategically added preeminent attorneys and specialized practices to efficiently adapt and respond to the diverse needs of our clients in the ever-changing marketplace. Our integrated expertise allows us to stay grounded by our singular commitment to the integrity of all of our relationships.

Short Cressman stands for results, service and integrity. These values are intrinsically connected to our goal of providing clients with the trusted, loyal counsel they seek and have come to expect from our firm.

Main Office

Main Office
999 Third Ave. Ste. 3000
Seattle, WA 98104




Focused on the Growth and Business Objectives of Pacific Northwest Business Clients

Strong, healthy businesses are the foundation of our region's success, providing needed products and services, creating jobs, and producing tax revenue for vital public services. As Seattle business lawyers, our attorneys partner with clients to build and grow successful businesses in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

We help clients create, acquire, build, operate, and sell their businesses, whether start-ups or large organizations, profit or non-profit. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of business and industry, and can help clients develop and implement their business plans. Pacific Northwest industries that we serve include construction, retail, manufacturing, high tech, real estate, food processing, distribution, boat building, automobile racing, equipment leasing, and native tribal development.


Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC

Paul's practice focuses on representing clients in business disputes and seeking to obtain favorable results as expeditiously as possible. With more than twenty years of experience in a wide range of challenging and, in some instances, precedent setting cases, Paul provides clients with a detailed analysis of their matter. He advises clients of their rights and responsibilities, develops strategies aimed at achieving their goals, and, when necessary, litigates to protect their interests.

Paul has litigated cases in state and federal court in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Colorado, and Arizona, and has represented clients in arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce and American Arbitration Association. He has argued cases in the Washington Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Federal Circuit.

Paul chairs the firm's Commercial & Complex Litigation Group.


University of California at Los Angeles
Juris Doctorate,