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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

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 60%
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
  3. Contracts: 10%
    10 years, 5 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Amanda Elizabeth Peters

    I continually refer wage and hour and employment discrimination cases to Elizabeth. She is passionate about her cases and the legal process.


    Amanda Peters Workers compensation Attorney
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  • Elizabeth S Touschner

    Elizabeth is an experienced, knowledgeable, and hard-working employment law attorney. She is a passionate advocate for her clients in pursuing the justice they deserve.


    Elizabeth Touschner Employment and labor Attorney
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Contact info

The Hanley Law Firm, PLLC

520 Pike St
Ste. 2500
Seattle, WA, 98101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers/Washington Law & Politics2015
Top 100 Trial AttorneyNational Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyerNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Rising StarWashington Super Lawyers2012
Listed as a Washington Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Hanley Law Firm, PLLC2014 - Present
AttorneyDano Gilbert Law Firm2011 - 2014
AttorneyBlankenship Law Firm2008 - 2011
AttorneyMagladry Weigel, P.S.2006 - 2008
Judicial ExternU.S. District Court Southern District of California2005 - 2006
N/AOregon Judicial Department2002 - 2003
N/AU.S. Department of State, Public Diplomacy to MidEast/South Asia2000 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Justice for All PACBoard Member2015 - Present
Washington State Association of JusticeChair Employment Law Section2014 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeLegislative Steering Committee2013 - Present
ACLU of WashingtonVolunteer Attorney2012 - Present
American Association of JusticeMember2006 - Present
Lawyers Helping Hungry ChildrenBoard2006 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMCLE Task Force2013 - 2015
Washington State Association for JusticeJudicial Relations Committee2013 - 2014
Washington State Association for JusticePublic Affairs Committee2012 - 2013
Lawyers Helping Hungry ChildrenVice-Chair2010 - 2013
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEditorial Board2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Employment Law Desk BookEvidentiary Issues Chapter2013
American Association for Justice Employment Rights QuarterlyAshcroft v. Iqbal's Limited Application to Employment Discrimination Claims2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2006
Gonzaga UniversityEnglishB.A. Honors2002
Oxford UniversityN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law for Plaintiff's AttorneysWLAD and Title VII2013
WSAJ Automobile Cases SeminarYour Case Has Been Removed to Federal Court: Now What?2011
What You Don't Know: Thinking Outside the Box in Employment LawGetting Out of Arbitration2011
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationSecuring a Jury Trial: Defeating Arbitration Agreements2011
Red Pencil in the Woods Conference September 2011Legal Issues for Freelance Editors2011
Luvera Seminar, July 2011Spoliation of Evidence in the Employment Case2011
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationAvoiding Dismissal After the Iqbal Case2010
University of Washington Law SchoolAnnual PALS Panel: Balancing Practice of Law with Parenting2010
Washington State Association for Justice "How to CLE"Getting Evidence Into the Computer & Beyond2009