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Dan advises a wide variety of businesses, from startups to well-established companies, in the areas of corporate, securities and financing, trademark and brand protection, intellectual property protection and commercialization, IP licensing, wine beer and spirits, and commercial transactions. Dan has a passion for helping startups and emerging companies navigate the complex business and legal landscape and is able to assist clients in every stage of the business lifecycle, from formation and financing to a successful exit. Dan also has considerable experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial transactions in the areas of manufacturing, services, agriculture, SAAS and technology development. In addition, Dan regularly counsels and assists clients with the strategic acquisition, protection, registration, commercialization and enforcement of all types of intellectual property rights. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 30%
    7 years
  2. Licensing: 25%
    7 years
  3. Business: 25%
    7 years
  4. Contracts: 20%
    7 years



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  • Reid Johnson

    Dan is an excellent attorney. I have worked with Dan on several matters and he is extremely diligent and knowledgeable in all phases of representation. Dan is particularly adept at working with startups to protect and expand their businesses.


    Reid Johnson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Kyle D. Nelson

    Dan is an experienced attorney that I look up to as a mentor. His corporate and IP focus reflects the issues businesses face today, and he is ideally suited for corporate clients that are looking to grow their business.


    Kyle Nelson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

601 W Riverside Ave
Suite 1400
Spokane, WA, 99201-0627


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
#1 Law Firm in U.S. for Overall Patent QualityIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2013
#1 Law Firm in U.S. for Overall Patent QualityIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2012
#1 Law Firm in U.S. for Overall Patent QualityIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2011
#1 Law Firm in U.S. for Overall Patent QualityIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2010
Cum LaudeGonzaga University School of Law2009
Editor-in-ChiefGonzaga Law Review2008
Magna Cum LaudeGonzaga University2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLee & Hayes, PLLC2015 - Present
Guest LecturerGonzaga University Business School2010 - Present
AttorneyLee & Hayes, PLLC2009 - 2015
Judicial Clerk/ExternFederal District Court2009 - 2009
Summer AssociateLukins & Annis, P.S.2008 - 2008
Summer AssociateCarney Badley Spellman, P.S.2007 - 2007
Real Estate Development InternConoverBond Development2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Trademark AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law SectionMember2014 - Present
Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAAWG)Member2012 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionMember2010 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust SectionMember2010 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Spokane County Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionTreasurer2013 - 2014
Gonzaga Law ReviewEditor-in-Chief2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trademark Defense SettlementFavorable Settlement
Drafting and Negotiation of Complex Joint-Development AgreementSuccessful Execution of Favorable Agreement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Intellectual Property as an Emerging Asset Class: Strategy and Management, First EditionThe Value and Ubiquity of Trademarks2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Gonzaga UniversityEconomics and EntrepreneurshipBA - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington State University Business Plan Competition Legal Resource NightStarting a Business in the Knowledge Economy2016
Ignite NorthwestIP: A Valuable Asset Class and What it Means for Startup Companies2016
Associated Industries Legal Resource PresentationIntellectual Property Basics: The Most Important Asset Class in Today's Economy2016
Washington State University Legal Resource NightStarting a Business in the Knowledge Economy2015
Lee & Hayes Wine Night EventWine Label Law: Understanding What's In the Bottle2015
Ignite NortwestIP as an Asset Class and the Importance of IP for Startups2015
Guest Lecture for Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga UniversityStarting a Business in the Knowledge Economy - IP Basics2015
Gonzaga Univeristy School of Business Intellectual Property CourseGuest Lecture - Trademark Basics2015
Lecture for Senior Class of Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership ProgramStart-Up Financing and Formation2014
In-House Presentation for ClientIntellectual Property Basics2014
In-House PresentationConfidentiality in the Workplace2014
Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership ProgramThe Importance of IP in Business Startups2014
Associated Industries Brown-Bag SeriesIntellectual Property and the Internet2014
Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership ProgramHow a Startup Should Use an Attorney2013
Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership ProgramIntellectual Property and Securities Law2013
Continuing Legal Education SeminarTrademark Basics2013
Annual Lecture to Hogan Entrepreneurship ProgramIP and Entity Formation Issues for Entrepreneurs2012
Safety/HR Bi-Annual MeetingProtecting IP Within Your Company and Confidentiality Concerns2011
Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program Senior ClassStart-Up Businesses and IP2011
Presentation to Members of Associated IndustriesContracts and Legal Solutions to Safeguard the Future of Your Business2010
Monthly MeetingNew Developments in Washington Business and Estate Planing Law2010
From Protecting Your Idea to Protecting Your Personal Assets: Legal Issus Every Entrepreneur Should Be Aware OfLegal Issues for Startup Companies2010
Employment Law CLEIntellectual Property and Employment Law2010