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I grew up in Tacoma and have practiced law in my hometown for over 31 years.  I have been a member of the firm of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP, since I graduated from University of Washington Law School in 1977.  Since that time, I have dedicated my law practice to representing injured persons in Western Washington. I have considerable experience in cases of medical negligence, wrongful death, brain injury, truck accidents, auto accidents, construction site accidents and swimming and diving accidents.  I have also been very active in my state and local bar associations.


I attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Tacoma, where I was a member of the swimming and water polo teams and was awarded All American honors in my junior and senior years.  I attended the University of Washington on a swimming scholarship from 1970 through 1974, and was awarded All American honors in 1971, 1972, and 1973.  From 1969 through 1972, I was ranked in the top 20 in the world in the 200-meter freestyle.  I have been married to my wife Margaret, who I met at the University of Washington, for 33 years.  We have 3 adult children, Holly, Adam and Ben. 


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    38 years
  2. Personal Injury: 35%
    38 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    38 years
  4. Defective Products: 5%
    38 years



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    Dan is an amazing client advocate. He is a very dedicated and hardworking trial lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in serious personal injury and malpractice cases. I have had the privilege to work with him on a numerous cases over the last 30 years.


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Contact info

Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P.

4701 S. 19th Street
Suite 300
Tacoma, WA, 98405-1199


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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The Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Best Lawyers in America2009
Pacific Northwest Swimming Hall of FamePacific Northwest Swimming Association2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
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Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame (Swimming)Tacoma Athletic Commission2006
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Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
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Distinguished Graduate AwardSt. Charles Borromeo School1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerRush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P.1977 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersMember2005 - Present
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMember1998 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember1995 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1980 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1978 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1977 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Judicial Qualifications CommitteeMember2008 - 2008
Washington Chapter of the American Board of Trial AdvocatesPresident1999 - 2000
Judicial Conduct CommissionMember1993 - 1994
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Lawyer-Chiropractic Liason CommitteeFounding Chairman1992 - 1993
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors Member1992 - 1993
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationPresident1991 - 1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of WashingtonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Masters in TrialOpening Statement2008
American Inns of Court SeminarCivility: A Professional & Effective Necessity in the Practice of Law2007
American Inns of Court SeminarBeyond the Ethical Minimum2006
Trial StarsConvincing Jury Arguments on Damages2002
Nuts & Bolts - Litigation SeriesEffective Settlements and Dispute Resolution Techniques2000
Subluxation LitigationSubluxation Litigation1999
Premises Liability: Creating, Developing & Proving a Winning CaseMaximizing Damages and Handling Cases Against Public Entities: The $16 Million Example1999