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Garth Louis Dano

Personal injury Attorney at Moses Lake, WA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1980
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2022

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Garth Dano has been practicing in Moses Lake, WA since 1980. Garth, a true Eastern Washington man, was born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington. A Gonzaga University School of Law graduate, Garth has over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer. In 2000, Garth was honored by the Washington State Bar, and his peers when he was awarded the coveted Washington State Bar Association Courage Award. A Trial Lawyer's College graduate, Garth is a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. Garth, a nominee for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers for both 2011 and 2012, is one of the finest and most respected trial lawyers in the region. He is the cornerstone of this firm and represents a family who has devoted almost a century of combined commitment to the practice of law and the community of Moses Lake. We are indebted to Garth, his father, Harry, and all of the Dano family for building an infallible reputation from which this firm can expand.

"Garth exemplifies the best the legal profession has to offer. Garth Dano, as a human being, as an attorney whose actions should make all attorneys proud to be a member of the legal profession, has my endearing respect for not only taking the oath of attorney, but for living that oath." --Salvador A. Mungia, Attorney at Law (Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP) 

"Congratulations on your selection by the Washington State Bar Association for the Courageous Award. This honor was well-deserved." --Justice Philip A. Talmadge, Washington State Supreme Court Click here

"On behalf of the Gonzaga Law School community, I congratulate you on receiving the Washington State Bar Association's Courageous Award. This is a great honor and all of us are extremely proud of your accomplishment." --John E. Clute, former Dean, Gonzaga School of Law 

"As a career trial lawyer, I enjoy watching good lawyers at work. As I approach retirement, I would like to commend a few lawyers who have done exceptional work before the Washington Supreme Court. You are one of those exceptional lawyers." --Justice Tom Chambers, Washington State Supreme Court

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Garth Dano Lawyer, P.S.
PO Box 2149
Moses Lake, WA, 98837-0549


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Posted by Mark | June 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A good man. That has my total respect.
In 2014 Garth was hired by my wife. To defend her against the state of Washington. Garth spent countless hours and days on her case. After 4 years of court chaos the charges were dropped. And numerous legal referrals were created.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2014
Need the best? Hire the best!
When I found myself at the lowest point of my life, I was barely able to face what I was about to unravel. The first step was to find a lawyer with whom I could trust would do the best job for my situation. After reading Garth's lengthy history and accomplishments, I called and scheduled an appointment with him. Garth gave me the reality of the situation while calming my fears at the same time, and explained each step to make sure I was able to understand exactly what I could expect in the months ahead. During trial I was impressed by Garth's ability to stand his ground and fight for what was true in my situation. I felt secure in his unyielding abilities from that day forward. Thank you Garth for being there for me every step of the way and for your genuine concern and commitment to my case.
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Posted by Recycler Client | March 24, 2014
If you want a winner you have found the right attorney!
When we needed an attorney, we knew we wanted an attorney that was: aggressive, knowledgeable, and had a proven record; we found that with Garth Dano. Each stage of the case Mr. Dano and his staff where there for us and the end result being CASE DISMISSED! If you want a winner you have found the right attorney!
Posted by Suzanna | March 22, 2014
The best Attorney in the State!
In a four year long difficult court battle Garth Dano provided me with superior representation. He proved himself to be a man of excellent character and intellect. I admire his attention to every detail, but even more so I admire his courage, compassion and commitment. He made me feel like I was the most important client even though he had a very busy schedule. We spent many long hours in court seemingly making no headway against those who hid information from us and thwarted our rights, yet Mr. Dano remained calm and professional. Now at the end, there are no words to truly express what Mr. Dano has done for me. I have the utmost respect for Garth Dano both as a man and as an attorney.
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Posted by Joseph | March 22, 2014
A personal opinion of Garth Dano
I met Garth almost a year ago to interview him for legal services. The interview was conducted professionally and congenial and lasted longer than either of us anticipated. The time seem to fly by as each of us enjoyed the process and concluded with mutual respect. Both, Garth and I share a lot in common. The conversations, professionally and personal, since have been informative, productive, as well as entertaining. Garth is a very personal man with vast knowledge of his profession and diligent in his processes to represent me. I would certainly recommend his services to others.
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Posted by Tina | March 21, 2014
The best attorney that we've ever had to have represent us.
I am very pleased with all that Mr. Garth Dano did for my husband for 8 long years which on February 10, 2014 finally came true for my husband to be done with. There times where things didn't always go like planned, but Garth was always very good with my husband. We will never forget what he did for us. Thank you Mr. Garth.
Posted by James | March 21, 2014
Former Client
Mr Dano is an excellent lawyer. During the time Mr. Dano represented me he always kept me informed on what was going on with my case. He not only checked with me to see how I was holding up he, would also check on my family to make sure they were doing alright and, ask if there was anything he could do to help. He did this during the time he represented me and, after the final hearing. There were many weekends he would call just to see how we were all doing. Mr. Dano is excellent in what he does. He was always prepared with my case and on time. When I had an appointment he never made me wait and treated me as if I was hes only client. Not only is Mr. Dano excellent in what he does his staff is polite and informative they, would always relay any message to Mr. Dano and in a timely manner. If you want someone that is truly compassionate about his work and will represent you fairly and give you 110% Mr. Dano is the lawyer you should hire.
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Posted by Sally | March 19, 2014
Professional 110%
Garth Dano is a man of utmost integrity. He is handling my case and I find him very professional, thorough, highly educated, and passionate about his work in serving others in justice. Garth is a personable man who listens attentively and thinks before he responds taking in all information. Garth truly cares about the outcome of my case and does extensive research and is aware of new findings or information released that may help or hinder my case, and he shares this with me. Garth has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the Columbia Basin community. Garth stands up for justice and will be open and honest and to the point with me, not wasting either of our times. Garth is a tireless worker. Garth conducts his actions with organization and efficiency. He is always ready to give answers to any questions I may have and does this in an expedient manner. Garth demonstrates knowledge, a stable decision-making process and valuable insights regarding my case. I have watched Garth in the court room and he is always very aware of what is going on, and can multi-task without missing a beat. I have seen how Garth treats his staff in the office - a gentleman with kindness and is a role model as far as work ethics, and desires to "get things done" the right way with no room for error, as I feel that he knows he has an impact on his clients' futures. I did my research on Garth before asking him to represent me and was instantly filled with gratitude and respect for him - he was rewarded the Washington State Bar Association Courage Award by his peers in 2000. Garth has been practicing law for over 30 years and is a member of many defense trial associations in the jurisprudence arena, and a man with a reputation with high standards who always strives to achieve these standards, and go beyond to the best of his ability always giving 110%. I am honored Garth took my case, and I will continue to follow his suggestions and listen to what he has to say, as the outcome in my case will affect the future of my life, this is a serious matter, and I am ready to face the consequences knowing Garth has done his best. For these reasons, I would recommend Garth Dano, without any reservations, to anyone looking for an honest, compassionate but aggressive, detail oriented, educated, well versed in the law and will unwaveringly defend his client to the best of his ability. Garth is a highly revered attorney by his peers, an excellent lawyer and valued community member. Thank you, Garth, for choosing to go to law school over 30 years ago - you are making a difference in peoples' lives and our community.
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Posted by Carrie Aenk | March 17, 2014
Aggressive and Kowledgeable. Not afraid to fight for his client.
Mr. Dano helped me out in my case tremendously. He knew what he was talking about and he walked me through certain processes to ease my fears. When he said he would call me back, he did. He was blunt and didn't beat around the bush. I recommend Mr. Dano to any person who is in need of his expertise. He is an aggressive attorney for any type of defense that has his clients best interest at heart.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022.

Reprimand issued in WA, 2022
updated on 02/10/2023

This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Garth Dano Lawyer, P.S.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Dano Gilbert Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Managing Partner
  • Dano, Gilbert & Ahrend, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Managing Partner
  • Garth Dano & Associates
  • 1997 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Dano Law Firm
  • 1986 - 1997
  • Partner
  • Dano, Cone, Fraser and Gilreath
  • 1984 - 1985
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  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 1996
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Santa Clara University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976


  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Citizens for Judicial Excellence
  • Founding Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington Foundation of Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 1996 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Associate Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Eagle Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 1980 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Citizens for Judicial Excellence
  • 2007
  • National Crime Victim's Rights Award
  • National Crime Victim Law Institute
  • 2006
  • Courageous Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2000
  • Professional Excellence Award
  • Washington Foundation for Criminal Justice
  • 1999
  • President's Award
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (3)
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Personal injury Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Garth Dano is one of the best trial lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. More importantly, however, he is a man of uncompromising integrity."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Garth and I worked together on a civil rights matter involving involving his client in Washington federal court. I was privileged to be invited by Garth to assist him when aspects of the case spilled over into California courts. Garth is a true warrior for his clients and a seasoned trial lawyer. I have learned much from Garth's experience and wisdom. I wholeheartedly endorse Garth Dano. I would choose him without hesitation to represent me or my family members in my hour of need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dano is an exceptionally skilled and passionate advocate. He cares deeply about justice and seeks to ensure that all persons are treated equally and fairly. He is also generous with his time as he routinely gives support to other lawyers. This generosity helps raise the standard of care in the legal community and we should all be grateful to him."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Garth on multiple complex federal civil cases. Garth is a superb trial lawyer. He is easily among the top trial lawyers of the state. His clients can trust that Garth will give them the best representation possible. He does so with an open heart, and an undying commitment to justice."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Trial advocacy is an art. Garth is Picasso. Garth can talk to any person at any time about anything. He has a keen ability to see through complexity and break things down to what really matters: the human story. I consider myself lucky to have had opportunities to work cases with Garth. Clients are lucky to have a lawyer this talented, skillful, and experienced."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Garth Dano is a fantastic trial lawyer. His results speak for themselves and I know him to be dedicated to his craft in a way that puts him at the cutting edge of trial advocacy in both the State of Washington and beyond."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Best trial advocate I have ever seen."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Garth Dano is the best trial lawyer in Grant County. Nobody puts a case together and presents it better to a jury than Garth. And he has the million dollar jury awards to prove that point. If a friend or a family member needed a personal injury lawyer I would send them to Garth Dano without any hesitation."
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Moses Lake Personal injury Lawyer Garth Louis Dano
Garth Louis Dano
Personal injury Attorney
Moses Lake, WA
Licensed for 43 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details