Daniel J. Oates


Dan is a commercial litigation partner whose practice focuses on banking, real estate, administrative law, trademark, and franchise and distribution litigation. Dan represents financial institutions in commercial and consumer deposit account disputes, lender liability claims, investment disputes, data privacy breaches, and other matters involving creditors’ rights. His real estate practice includes complex disputes involving residential and commercial real estate transactions. This includes disputes over real estate brokerage services, procuring cause claims, and disputes over title to real property. In the administrative field, Dan has represented real estate brokers before the Department of Licensing, and regularly represents alcohol and cannabis licensees in actions brought against them by the Liquor and Cannabis Board. Dan represents trademark registration owners and applicants in disputes with infringing parties and in administrative opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He also has extensive experience in franchise and distribution disputes in a wide variety of industries, including petroleum, health care, junk removal, restaurant chains, and live action role playing. Dan has published several articles in leading industry and practice publications regarding franchising and distribution.

Dan appears regularly in state and federal court, as well as before administrative bodies, licensing boards, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition, while in law school, Dan externed for the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman, United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington. And from 2010-2011, Dan clerked for the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington.


  • J.D., summa cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 2007, Editor, Seattle University Law Review, 2005-2007
  • B.A., University of Washington, 2003

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