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I have practiced in Seattle for over 30 years and have been involved in a wide range of complex cases involving work-outs, liquidations, debt-restructuring and Ch. 11 cases.  My practice also includes a wide range of real estate and commerical transactions.


I have also been involved with numerous non-profit organizations and civic causes.



Practice areas


  1. Contracts & Agreements: 25%
    31 years
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 25%
    31 years
  3. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 25%
    31 years
  4. Real Estate: 25%
    31 years

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  • Stuart Alan Heller

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have know Dan for about 20 years, have consulted often with him on bankruptcy issues and found him knowledgable, helpful and alway a pleasure to talk to. I have referred clients to him knowing they would get expert help.


    Stuart Heller Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1325 4th Ave Ste 940
Seattle, WA, 98101-2509


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Drug Policy ProjectKing County Bar Association2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselAmicus Law Group, PS2008 - Present
OwnerDaniel R. Merkle, PS2007 - Present
PartnerMerkle Siegel & Friedrichsen1995 - 2006
AttorneyPreston Gates & Ellis1991 - 1994
AttorneyHatch & Leslie1984 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law SectionMember1984 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor SectionMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brazier Forest ProductsCh. 11 Plan of Reorganization Confirmed
Brigadoon.comCh. 11 Plan of Reorganization Confirmed
Ch. 11 case of D. Michael DunneConfirmation of Ch. 11 Plan of Reorganization
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSBA Trust and Real Property ConferenceEmerging Affordable Home Ownership Strategies: Deed Restricted Homes and Community Land Trusts2008
Automatic Stay (In Ch. 11 Bankruptcy Cases)Automatic Stay (In Ch. 11 Bankruptcy Cases)1984
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignMarketing/Business AdministrationOther - Bachelors1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Assn. Trust & Real Property ConferenceDeed-Restricted Homes and Community Land Trusts2008
NW Community Land Trust Coalition Fall GatheringCollateral, Defaults Foreclosures Involving Community Land Trusts2008