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Daniel Joseph Gerl

About me

I am a former prosecuting attorney with over ten years experience handling DUI and other criminal cases in the Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia area and throughout Western Washington. I went to law school with the goal of becoming a prosecutor and began my legal career with the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office, where I handled several jury trials before graduating cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2005.


After passing the Bar, I continued working as a prosecutor for several years in Federal Way and Pierce County, handling hundreds of DUI and criminal cases. Over time I realized that, despite a high percentage of success at trial, I was more interested in helping people than I was in prosecuting them.


I left the prosecutor's office in 2010 and went into private practice with Park Chenaur & Associates in Federal Way, handling both DUI/criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 2013, I went out on my own to start my own firm, Gerl Law PLLC, where I now focus on DUI and criminal defense, traffic infractions and personal injury (plaintiff's).


I am a member of the National College of DUI Defense, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington State Bar Association and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. I am licensed to practice law in courts throughout Washington in both State and Federal Court.


In my spare time, I enjoys sports, graphic design, spending time with my family, and helping to coach my son's sports teams.

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Languages spoken: English, Korean

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
    11 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
    11 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    8 years, 1.2 thousand cases
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    6 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Angelle Marie Gerl

    Dan Gerl is an excellent attorney who works hard to advocate for his clients. He is articulate and diligent in his representation. I have heard Dan argue many hearings very well.

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    Angelle Gerl Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Jeremy Demetrius Macrigeanis

    I have both litigated against Dan in criminal courts and later worked with Dan on cases when he moved to private practice. With this first hand knowledge, I am in a position to confidently say that Dan has the equal parts of the following that every person researching an attorney to trust with their case should desire: a sharp legal mind; a deep understanding of the courts, prosecutors, and judges in the area; both jury trial and negotiation success; and the increasingly rare trait these days of not only caring about the plight of his clients, but also in keeping in contact with them regularly about the status of their cases.

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    Jeremy Macrigeanis Family Attorney
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Contact info

GERL LAW PLLC

708 Broadway
Suite 330
Tacoma, WA, 98402

GERL LAW PLLC

400 Union Avenue SE
Suite 200
Olympia, WA, 98501

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200501/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
"10 Best" Attorneys for WashingtonAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Level 5 ContributorAvvo2013
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2013
1995 Regional Annual - Best in Design for 1995PRINT Magazine1995
Best of 1995Spicer's Printing1995
Best of 1995Graphic Design USA1995
Silver AwardNorthwest ADDYs1993
Student Award GoldNorthwest ADDYs1993
AIGA Trapeze AwardAIGA (Seattle)1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner / MemberGerl Law, PLLC2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyPark Chenaur & Associates, Inc., PS2010 - 2013
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyPierce County Prosecuting Attorney2008 - 2010
Municipal ProsecutorCity of Federal Way Prosecuting Attorney2006 - 2008
Contract Prosecuting AttorneySnohomish County Prosecutor's Office2005 - 2006
Rule 9 Legal InternSkagit County Prosecuting Attorney2004 - 2005
ExternshipKing County Prosecuting Attorney Office2003 - 2003
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Athletes for Kids (AFK)Board of Directors, Member2015 - Present
United State District Court - Western District of WashingtonAttorney Member2014 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2013 - 2014
King County Bar AssociationMember2010 - 2012
Citizens for Judicial Excellence (CJE)Member2010 - 2014
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - 2013
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. S.P.2ND DUI CHARGE IN 6 MONTHS = DISMISSED.
Lakewood vs. W.H.NOT GUILTY
State vs. A.T.DUI AND FELONY COCAINE POSSESSION: DRUG CHARGE DISMISSED, DUI REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING WITH A 12 MONTH DEFERRED SENTENCE.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Graphic Design USABest of 1994-19951995
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of WashingtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction2002
Spokane Falls Community CollegeGraphic DesignA.A.S.1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BNI Weekly Business LuncheonCriminal Defense2015
Todd Beamer H.S. Street Law ClassWhat it means to be a Criminal Defense Attorney2014
South King County YMCA High School Mock Trial CompetitionSouth King County YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition2014
Discussion - DV Defense and Family LawDomestic Violence and Criminal Defense2014
South King County YMCA High School Mock Trial CompetitionSouth King County YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition2013
Seattle Toastmasters LuncheonGraphic Design and Branding / Internet Industry1999