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Daniel A. Kittle

Attorney | Seattle | 206.223.7074 | kittled@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

Dan Kittle helps clients navigate complex legal disputes to minimize stress, fight for their interests, and achieve resolution.

He provides practical advice and insight to help clients achieve favorable outcomes, whether through mediation, full-scale litigation, or any number of creative problem-solving approaches.

Dan’s business litigation practice focuses primarily on:

  • complex contract claims,
  • state and local tax disputes
  • franchise and dealership matters, and
  • corporate governance feuds.

In state tax matters, Dan’s experience includes B&O tax classification and Commerce Clause limitations on state taxing authorities. He counsels franchisors and franchisees on complex litigation and compliance issues. His corporate governance experience includes representing clients in:

  • breach of fiduciary duty claims,
  • partnership disputes,
  • claims arising out of mergers and acquisitions, and
  • lender liability claims.

In 2015, Dan was selected as one of eleven state-wide future business leaders in the 2015-16 class of Leadership Washington through the Association of Washington Business Institute. He has also been named a “Washington Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine for 2016 and 2017. Dan serves as the Chair of the Financial Services Subcommittee for the American Bar Association State And Local Tax Committee.

Dan’s passion for problem solving extends beyond his law practice to his community as well, where he helped establish Leadership Launch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering students to become future community leaders. He currently serves on the Leadership Launch Advisory Council and the Mukilteo YMCA Board of Directors. He also regularly volunteers as a youth coach in soccer, basketball, and baseball, and he has previously served on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross (King County and Kitsap County) and volunteered for the Nonprofit Assistance Center Legal Clinic.

Before law school, Dan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan), where he lived in a small rural village and worked as a teacher, basketball coach, and grant writer. Dan earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from Michigan State University and wrote for various newspapers, magazines, and online publications, including the Roanoke Times, Oakland Press, Lansing State Journal, Washington Post, Michigan College Hockey Online, and U.S. College Hockey Online. He also spent a brief stint as a server at the Olive Garden, which he once described as his “dream job.”

Dan lives in Mukilteo with his wonderful wife, Rachel, and their two young children. He loves running, reading, and writing. He has run several half-marathons, road races, and trail races, and he is currently writing a book for his children about his Peace Corps experiences.

Professional Experience

  • Lane Powell PC (2010-Present)
  • Oregon Supreme Court, Judicial Extern to Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz (2009)
  • Oregon Department of Justice, Law Clerk to the Special Litigation Unit (2008-2009)
  • United States Peace Corps, Kyrgyz Republic, Volunteer (2004-2006)
  • Lansing State Journal, Reporting Intern and Sports Stringer (2001-2003)
  • Roanoke Times, Reporting Intern (2002)
  • Oakland Press, Sports Intern (2001)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Academics

  • Willamette University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010)
    • Willamette Law Review, Executive Editor
    • Moot Court Board
    • Dean’s High Paper Award: Torts, Contracts II, Criminal Procedure, Immigration
    • Research Assistant to Dean Symeon Symeonides and Prof. Jeffrey Dobbins
  • Michigan State University (B.A., Journalism, with high honors, 2004)
    • Member of Honors College
    • University of New South Wales, Political Science and Economics, Studied Abroad (2001)
    • Resident Mentor (2002-2003)
    • Theatre Department, Actor (2003-2004)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Litigation
  • Business
  • Taxation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financial Institutions
  • Strategic Action Team
  • Pro Bono Committee
  • Electronic Discovery Committee

Publications

  • “Be Aware: Washington DOR Forming Unit to Enforce New B&O Tax on Out-of-State Wholesalers,” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (August 3, 2015)
  • “Governor Inslee Proposes $1.5 Billion of New Revenue, Including a 7 Percent Personal Tax on Capital Gains,” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (January 20, 2015)
  • “State Supreme Court Rules on Scope of B&O Tax Mortgage Interest Deduction,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association, Co-author (November/December 2014)
  • “Senseless (in) Seattle: Confusing Application of City’s B&O Tax Leaves Services Businesses in a Quandary,” Seattle Business magazine, Co-author (August 2014)
  • “Lessons From the Wake of Economic Collapse: Avoiding Personal Liability in Loan Origination and Restructuring,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association (May/June 2013)
  • “Practical Tips for Lenders: Navigating the Gauntlet of Government-Guaranteed Loans,” Community Banker magazine (Winter 2012)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Discovery Issues in Tax Disputes,” National Business Institute’s Sales and Use Tax Audits Seminar (November 10, 2014)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Business Litigation (2016-2017)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Leadership Washington Member, Class of 2015-16, Association of Washington Business Institute
  • Assistant Editor and “Shop Talk” Columnist, Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives
  • Chair, Financial Services Subcommittee, American Bar Association, State and Local Tax Committee
  • Board of Directors, American Red Cross, King County
  • Board of Advisors, Leadership Launch
  • Member, Council on State Taxation
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Business Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Taxation Section
    • State and Local Tax Committee
  • King County Bar Association
    • Member, Student Loan Discharge Panel
  • Member, Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Member, National Peace Corps Association
  • Member, Seattle Area Peace Corps Association (SEAPAX)

Languages

  • Kyrgyz