Daniel A. Kittle

Attorney | Seattle | 206.223.7074 |

Areas of Practice

Dan Kittle focuses on business litigation with a particular emphasis on state and local tax disputes. His experience includes matters ranging from the proper classification of business activities under Washington state’s B&O tax to Commerce Clause limitations on state taxation, as well as shareholder agreement disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, claims arising out of mergers and acquisitions, lender liability lawsuits and complex commercial contract disputes. Dan also provides litigation risk assessment for proposed mergers, stock sales, asset sales and other business transactions. As a member of Lane Powell’s Strategic Action Team, Dan is actively involved in implementing the Firm’s long-term Strategic Plan, where he focuses on providing dynamic client service and increasing innovative collaboration.

In 2015, Dan was selected as one of eleven state-wide future business leaders in the 2015-16 class of Leadership Washington with the Association of Washington Business Institute. He is also an Assistant Editor and Columnist with the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives, as well as the Chair of the Financial Services Subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s State and Local Tax Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross (King County Chapter) and on the Advisory Council for Leadership Launch, a Mukilteo-based nonprofit organization. Prior to law school, Dan served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic, where he lived and worked as a teacher, basketball coach and grant writer in a small rural village.

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


  • 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
  • FinTech
  • Strategic Action Team
  • Pro Bono Committee
  • Electronic Discovery Committee


  • “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)


  • Kyrgyz