Scott Collins


Helsell Fetterman LLP
1001 Fourth Avenue
Suite 4200
Seattle, WA 98154

Tel: (206) 689-2178


As managing partner of Helsell Fetterman since 2001, Scott Collins understands the operational aspects of business and how legal issues must be addressed within greater business considerations. Scott provides clients with cost-effective legal counsel achieving practical results that serve their business goals.

Scott began his career representing lenders and vendors in the fishing and boating industries of the Pacific Northwest. These were tumultuous years for the fishing industry—and Scott frequently managed vessel arrest proceedings, foreclosing ship mortgages, maritime liens, and bankruptcy proceedings, protecting creditor claims and defending against trustee actions for preferential transfers.

Over the years Scott’s practice has expanded to a broader range of industries. Today his practice focuses on banking and financial transactions, business and real estate transactions, and business litigation. In his banking and finance practice, Scott counsels financial institutions on all facets of the lending relationship—from drafting loan documentation and creating security interests; to working out troubled debt and foreclosing on collateral; to protecting lender claims in bankruptcy court. He also provides Washington State law legal opinions upon the requests of lenders in loan and finance transactions of all sizes and shapes.

In his business and real estate practice, Scott serves as general counsel to businesses on the issues they face day-to-day in their operations – from their formation, acquisition or merger; to their development, manufacture, sale and licensing of products; to their sale, leasing and acquisition of real estate; to their partnership disputes and employment issues. Scott is also an experienced litigator on a broad range of business disputes—from quieting real estate title in state court; to defending preferential and fraudulent transfer claims in bankruptcy court; to handling breach of contract and warranty claims in federal court.

At Helsell Fetterman we understand the challenges you face in financing business enterprise, achieving successful outcomes with troubled debt, and protecting creditor rights in bankruptcy. We guide you through your options and help you make the right choices with practical and cost-effective solutions.

We focus our banking and finance services on three key areas:

Lending and Finance:
  • Loan Documentation
  • Real Estate and Construction Financing
  • Secured Financing and Guaranties
  • Letters of Credit
  • Vessel Mortgages and Liens
  • Aviation Acquisition and Financing
  • Life Insurance Lending
Troubled Debt:
  • Workouts and Restructuring
  • Lender Liability Protection
  • Privileged Internal Communications
  • Privileged Consultant Communications
  • Co-Borrower and Guarantor Prosecution
  • Fraudulent Transfer Persecution
Bankruptcy and Foreclosure:
  • Protection of Lender Claims in Bankruptcy
  • Real Estate Receivership and Foreclosure
  • Vessel Arrests and Maritime Lien Foreclosure
  • Defense of Trustee Preferential and Fraudulent Transfer Claims
  • Relief from Stay and Abandonment of Collateral
  • Post-Judgment Execution and Garnishment
We understand your need for exceptional service and solutions to your legal challenges. At Helsell Fetterman, our attorneys apply client-responsive and cost-effective approaches to your matters. Providing solutions for a broad range of needs, we deliver highly personalized legal services in innovative ways to serve you best.

Our firm is proud of its rich history that includes over a century of client successes. Businesses, organizations and individuals in the Pacific Northwest have trusted Helsell Fetterman to serve their best interests since 1890.

Martindale Hubbell rates Scott as AV® Preeminent 5.0. Best Lawyers in America has included him every year since 2014; he has been named a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2007; and Seattle Metropolitan and Washington CEO magazines have recognized him as a Top Lawyer. rates Scott 10 out of 10.