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Most Influential, Equity: Conrad Reynoldson

Activist, entrepreneur

By Rob Smith January 23, 2024

Conrad Reynoldson

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2024 issue of Seattle magazine.

The nonprofit firm that attorney Conrad Reynoldson founded eight years ago sits at the intersection of sports, society, and human rights.

Called Washington Civil & Disability Advocate, the firm performs research and analysis related to disability policy, advocacy, and rights. It has, among other accomplishments, made several high-profile Seattle venues more accessible to people with disabilities, including Lumen Field, T-Mobile Park, Alaska Airlines Arena, and the Paramount Theatre.

Reynoldson, a lifelong Seattle sports fan, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 3 and has used a power wheelchair for mobility since age 10. He earned a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law after graduating summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University.

After facing numerous barriers to inclusion, including employment discrimination, Reynoldson decided to “hire himself” and start his own nonprofit disability rights law firm to advocate for the disability community in Washington state and beyond.

Reynoldson and team have quietly been making a huge difference to the disability community by advocating for access in public spaces of all kinds, including parking lots, university campuses, and countless other gathering places.

The firm collaborates with attorneys and advocates from across the country (and even internationally) who are striving to ensure that the Americans With Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws are implemented as intended.

The company offers its services to clients with disabilities for free. It recoups costs from legal outcomes, as well as a series of grants and donations.

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