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Practice Areas


  1. Business: 40%
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
  3. Mergers & Acquisitions: 25%
  4. Private Education: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Jan Phillip Olson

    I endorse Daniel. He is a 'lawyer's lawyer'. He is meticulous. He is thoughtful. He is reasonable. He wants the absolute best for his clients. He treats every case & every issue with the same degree of importance. He thinks 'outside of the box' to come up with creative solutions to problems. He is collaborative as much as possible, but can be a very strong and skilled advocate when the situation demands so. Business owners and educational institutions can not obtain a more professional attorney.


    Jan Olson Child Abuse Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kyle D Netterfield

    Daniel’s abilities as an exceptional lawyer come from a unique combination of intellect, experience judgment and diligence. But the thing that really sets Daniel apart is his concern for his clients’ success. He sweats the details and stays up late so you don’t have to.


    Kyle Netterfield Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC

2025 First Ave., PH-A
Seattle, WA, 98121



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Competent CommunicatorToastmasters International2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2009
Washington Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Washington Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Washington Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Washington Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Washington Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Washington Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Washington Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Washington Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberEllis, Li & McKinstry PLLC1990 - Present
AssociateEllis, Li & McKinstry PLLC1987 - 1990
AssociatePreston Thorgrimson Ellis & Holman1983 - 1987
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Ed Waite Dawn Patrol Toastmasters ClubMember2013 - Present
National Association of College and University AttorneysMember2011 - Present
Pacific NW Kendo FederationDirector2008 - Present
Seattle Ethics and Elections CommissionChair1997 - 1998
Seattle Ethics and Elections CommissionVice-Chair1996 - 1996
Seattle Ethics and Elections CommissionMember1995 - 2000
Seattle Kendo KaiSecretary, Director1995 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Spencer, v. World Vision, Inc.Court granted client's motion for summary judgment
State v. Motherwell, 788 P.2d 1066Affirmed in part and reversed in part. No violation of First Amendment, and statute exempts clergy counseling in their role as clergy.
Spencer v. World Vision, Inc.9th Circuit affirmed the district court's summary judgment in favor of World Vision.
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Seattle Pacific UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Private Schools DayEmployment Law, Policies and Handbooks2011
Private Schools SeminarPreparing School Employment Contracts and Handbooks2007
Private Schools SeminarResolving Student Harassment and Bullying Claims2007