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Daniel Kalish

About me

A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Mr. Kalish is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried more than thirty trials to jury verdict. Mr. Kalish’s practice focuses on complex trial work, and he represents employees and individuals in all aspects of employment litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kalish was a felony prosecutor at the King County Prosecutor’s Office, where he tried several cases, ranging from identity theft to first degree murder. Prior to that, he clerked for a federal judge and worked at Perkins Coie, the premier defense law firm in the Northwest.  He enjoys helping individuals and respects employees who are willing to fight against inappropriate and unfair actions by their employers.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%
    6 years



Hourly ($250-500/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • Jeremy E Roller

    I've known Dan since law school, and have seen him excel at every position he has held since then -- as a federal law clerk, a lawyer at a blue chip Seattle law firm, a King County prosecutor, and now at HKM Employment Attorneys. Dan is my first thought when I am asked for a referral in the employment law area. He is a diligent, no-nonsense, top shelf lawyer. I highly recommend him.


    Jeremy Roller Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas James Breen

    I co-tried Dan's first jury trial with him. From the start he impressed with his talent and his hard-work. His gentle and kind midwest disposition resonates in everything he does. But underneath that you quickly learn that his impressive pedigree of degrees and experiences help to make him a savvy and skilled strategist. He's an excellent attorney and I endorse him without reservation.


    Thomas Breen Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

HKM Employment Attorneys LLP

600 Stewart Street
Suite 901
Seattle, WA, 98101

HKM Employment Attorneys LLP

1444 Blake Street
Denver, CO, 80202

HKM Employment Attorneys LLP

308 SW First Avenue
Suite 325
Portland, OR, 97204

HKM Employment Attorneys LLP

453 South Spring Street
Suite 1008
Los Angeles, CA, 90013



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2015
Rising StarWashington Law and Politics2014
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics2013
Rising StarWashington Law and Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWashington Law and Politics Magazine2011
Manga Cum LaudeHarvard College1997
Mather House Scholar and Citizen AwardHarvard College1997
John Harvard ScholarshipHarvard College1997
Phi Beta KappaHarvard College1997
John Harvard ScholarshipHarvard College1996
John Harvard ScholarshipHarvard College1996
John Harvard ScholarshipHarvard College1994
John Harvard ScholarshipHarvard College1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerHKM Employment Attorneys LLP2009 - Present
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKing County Prosecutor's Office2005 - 2009
Litigation AssociatePerkins Coie LLP2004 - 2005
Litigation AssociateWiggin and Dana LLP2002 - 2004
Law ClerkUnited States District Court for the Southern District of California2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Colorado State Bar AssocationMember2013 - Present
Oregon State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
King County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
United States District Court for the District of ConnecticutAdmitted to Practice2003 - Present
CityYearHost Committee2004 - 2006
King County Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2007
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2005
Moot CourtMember2003 - 2003
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2005
Federal Court Pro Bono Panel (Connecticut)Member2002 - 2004
Community Legal ServicesAttorney1999 - 2001
LawTalkExecutive Director1999 - 2001
Yale Law JournalEditor1999 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Practice ManualEmployment Discrimination2014
Washington Practice ManualEmployment Discrimination2013
Washington Lawyer's Practice ManualEmployment Discrimination2012
Washington Lawyer's Practice ManualEmployment Discrimination2011
Washington Lawyer's Practice ManualEmployment Discrimination2010
Washington Lawyer's Practice ManualState Court Criminal Practice2010
Washington Lawyer’s Practice ManualState Court Criminal Practice2009
Washington Lawyer’s Practice ManualState Court Criminal Practice2008
Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. Washington Chapter.Washington Product Liability Law2006
• Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. Washington Chapter.Washington Product Liability Law2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Harvard CollegeHistoryAB1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seattle UniversityTopics in Criminal Law2012
Social Media and the Employment LawSocial Media and the Employment Law2011
Seattle University Trial Practice ClassOral Arguments in Trial Court2008
Seattle UniversityEthics and Issues in Criminal Prosecution2007
King County Domestic Violence AwarenessKing County Officer Of The Year Award2007
Seattle UniversityEthics and Issues in Criminal Prosecution2006