Attorney Elizabeth Hanley is committed to ensuring people are judged, compensated, hired, and valued based on their merit rather than gender, race, or other immutable characteristics.
This concept is the underlying principle behind Elizabeth’s work for The Hanley Law Firm’s clients- from ensuring that an executive exiting a corporation protects their ability to work in their chosen industry without restriction, to remediating the effects of discrimination and retaliation against Washington workers, and ensuring people are paid properly for the work they have performed. Elizabeth also applies this principle in the context of personal injury and wrongful death actions: in the darkest moments of a family, with a loss of a primary income earner, prompt legal representation can help a family be compensated sufficiently to carry on with care of the surviving children or spouse.
She welcomes opportunities to advise individuals, as well as advocate for them from negotiations through trial and appeals to the highest courts. Elizabeth practices primarily in the areas of employment law, wage/hour litigation, wrongful death, civil rights, personal injury, and complex civil litigation. She is admitted to practice, so therefore can represent her clients before the United States Supreme Court, Washington state courts, and the Federal District Courts of Eastern and Western Washington.
Elizabeth’s approach to serving her clients is unique in two ways. First, she brings not only her own broad legal experience to solve each of her clients’ legal problems, but also provides clients with access to a multi-disciplinary team, including Patrick Hanley, a CPA with experience in corporate and organizational compliance. Second, she has a demonstrated commitment to being at the forefront of the development of the law. Among other things, she serves on the legislative committee of the Washington State Association of Justice and has testified on employment matters before a Washington Senate work group. Her clients benefit from her commitment to the legal process, from drafting legislature through trying the laws enacted through the court system because she can assess the risks of litigation with her knowledge not only of the state of the law today, but her commitment to monitoring and influencing the state of the law in the future.
Elizabeth earned her juris doctor (J.D.) from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2006, where she served as Lead Articles Editor of the San Diego International Law Journal. She also represented low-income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS at the School of Law Tax Clinic, received Honors in Trial Advocacy, and externed with Federal Magistrate Judge Leo S. Papas for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California. She was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2006. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hanley worked for the Oregon Judicial Department under the Honorable Robert R. Selander.
Ms. Hanley earned her undergraduate degree (B.A., Honors in English) from Gonzaga University in 2002. During her studies at Gonzaga University, Ms. Hanley worked as a staff writer for the U.S. Department of State in Public Diplomacy to the MidEast and South Asia in Washington, D.C. She also studied British Literature at Trinity College, Oxford University in 2001.
Ms. Hanley served on the Editorial Board of the Washington State Trial Lawyers “Trial News.” She is also a supporter of the arts community in Seattle: she has served as a violist with Orchestra Seattle. Ms. Hanley presently serves as Vice-Chair of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children, and is involved with Greenwood Area Neighborhood Alliance. Ms. Hanley is a member of the Washington Employment Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Washington State Association for Justice, and the King County Bar Association.
Elizabeth’s purpose as a person and as a lawyer is to mitigate the fear, uncertainty, and anxiety individuals and families feel when through no fault of their own, their economic or other security is compromised. Elizabeth’s family continues to be a support to her personal commitment to providing a prompt and caring response to individuals. Although every lawyer can become disillusioned with the legal system, Elizabeth continues to believe that the legal system can still be utilized to put individuals and families back where they were, financially, physically, and with the full set of legal rights they had before wrongful actions were taken against them.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||SuperLawyers/Washington Law & Politics||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Attorney||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyer||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Top 40 Under 40||The National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyer||The National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Washington Super Lawyers||2012|
|Listed as a Washington Rising Star||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Attorney||The Hanley Law Firm, PLLC||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Dano Gilbert Law Firm||2011 - 2014|
|Attorney||Blankenship Law Firm||2008 - 2011|
|Attorney||Magladry Weigel, P.S.||2006 - 2008|
|Judicial Extern||U.S. District Court Southern District of California||2005 - 2006|
|N/A||Oregon Judicial Department||2002 - 2003|
|N/A||U.S. Department of State, Public Diplomacy to MidEast/South Asia||2000 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Justice for All PAC||Board Member||2015 - Present|
|Washington State Association of Justice||Chair Employment Law Section||2014 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Legislative Steering Committee||2013 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Judicial Relations Committee||2013 - 2014|
|Washington State Bar Association||MCLE Task Force||2013 - 2015|
|ACLU of Washington||Volunteer Attorney||2012 - Present|
|Washington State Association for Justice||Public Affairs Committee||2012 - 2013|
|Lawyers Helping Hungry Children||Vice-Chair||2010 - 2013|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Editorial Board||2007 - 2008|
|American Association of Justice||Member||2006 - Present|
|Lawyers Helping Hungry Children||Board||2006 - Present|
|Employment Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy||$1.45 million settlement|
|Employment Gender Discrimination/Harassment||$900,000.00 settlement|
|Employment FMLA and Disability Discrimination||$1,100,000 settlement|
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|Washington Employment Law Desk Book||Evidentiary Issues Chapter||2013|
|American Association for Justice Employment Rights Quarterly||Ashcroft v. Iqbal's Limited Application to Employment Discrimination Claims||2009|
|University of San Diego School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Gonzaga University||English||B.A. Honors||2002|
|Employment Law for Plaintiff's Attorneys||WLAD and Title VII||2013|
|WSAJ Automobile Cases Seminar||Your Case Has Been Removed to Federal Court: Now What?||2011|
|What You Don't Know: Thinking Outside the Box in Employment Law||Getting Out of Arbitration||2011|
|Washington Employment Lawyers Association||Securing a Jury Trial: Defeating Arbitration Agreements||2011|
|Red Pencil in the Woods Conference September 2011||Legal Issues for Freelance Editors||2011|
|Luvera Seminar, July 2011||Spoliation of Evidence in the Employment Case||2011|
|Washington Employment Lawyers Association||Avoiding Dismissal After the Iqbal Case||2010|
|University of Washington Law School||Annual PALS Panel: Balancing Practice of Law with Parenting||2010|
|Washington State Association for Justice "How to CLE"||Getting Evidence Into the Computer & Beyond||2009|