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Daniel Matthew McLafferty

Daniel Matthew McLafferty

Practice areas:

Car Accidents, Insurance, Personal Injury

About Me

I am happy to have called Seattle and the Puget Sound area home since 2001.

After graduating from Seattle’s Ingraham High School, I attended Western Washington University to study Philosophy and Political Science. I had known since high school that I wanted to practice law so after three years of study and earning my B.A. from Western, I went straight to work at the Seattle University School of Law.

While at law school, I devoted most of my time toward practice-based studies to improve my oral advocacy and trial practice. To that end, I spent my final year of law school as a Rule 9 Prosecutor for the City of Marysville, gaining a great deal of courtroom experience. After three years of study, I earned my J.D. and graduated cum laude.

My first job as a lawyer was at a local firm practicing insurance coverage defense. There are a lot of things about the real world that you aren’t taught in law school, and defending insurance companies in coverage disputes felt like jumping in the deep end after just learning how to doggie paddle. After a few grueling months, I was finally able to get my head above water. I learned a great deal about insurance companies, including how they generally operate, how they process claims, and what makes them concerned. Ultimately, I also learned that working for insurance companies isn’t for me.

I am proud and happy to now be working for people instead of insurance companies. The work we do here at Scott M. Donaldson, P.S. is more fulfilling and rewarding than any type of law that I have practiced in the past. I enjoy working to make a difference in people’s lives and to help them out in difficult situations. I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to make a positive impact on people’s lives by doing work that I love.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2012

  1. Car Accidents: 75%
  2. Insurance: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

22 total 

  • Omar Nur

    Dan McLafferty is an intelligent and skilled attorney. He is well versed in the law and experienced in court. Dan uses these skills to successfully represent his clients at trial and in negotiations. I trust and recommend Dan to anyone in need of legal help, and I highly endorse him as a fellow lawyer.


    Omar Nur Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Alina Polyak

    I endorse this lawyer. Dan has the sharp mind, courtroom presence, and the demeanor necessary to diligently represent his clients. His unique combination of respectful, yet firm negotiation on behalf of his clients, give his clients the assurance of the best representation.


    Alina Polyak Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Scott M. Donaldson, PS

15500 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA, 98155




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Nation's Top 1% of AttorneysNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in WAAmerican Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2014
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2013
CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Criminal Motions PracticeSeattle University School of Law2012
Cum LaudeSeattle University School of Law2012
Quarter-finalist Tausend Appellate CompetitionSeattle University School of Law2011
Semi-Finalist In-House Mock Trial CompetitionSeattle University School of Law2010
Presidential Law ScholarshipSeattle University School of Law2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyScott M. Donaldson, PS2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyLether & Associates, PLLC2012 - 2013
Rule 9 ProsecutorMarysville City Prosecutor's Office2011 - 2012
Legal InternWilliam P. Harris, P.S.2010 - 2010
File ClerkMontgomery Purdue Blankinship & Austin, PLLC2009 - 2010


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeCourt Rules Committee Member2015 - 2016
Washington State Association for JusticeJudiciary Committee Member2015 - 2016
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember2015 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2015 - Present
Seattle Plaintiff's Attorneys RoundtableMember2014 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationTrial Advocacy Program Steering Committee Member2014 - 2014
Washington State Association for JusticeAttorney Member2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2013 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2013 - 2014
King County Bar AssociationMember2013 - 2014
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2012 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
LT v. WTS, Inc.Negotiated a six-figure settlement for client.
KB v. JSJury verdict of over $1.1 million plus an additional $100K in UIM insurance proceeds.
BF v. ACSix-figure settlement without filing a lawsuit.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Western Washington UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2009

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Detailing Your Auto CasesA Million Dollar Soft Tissue Case: Trial Verdicts2015
WSAJ Pierce County RoundtableBalfour v. Snowden - Case Summary and Trial Strategy2014
Cascade Career FairBecoming a Lawyer2014