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Partner Dan Kyler’s practice is predominantly plaintiff’s personal injury, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents and plaintiff’s medical negligence work. A portion of Dan’s practice continues to include business tort litigation and business contract litigation, including matters involving unfair business practices, trade secrets and non-compete agreements. Until approximately 2005, approximately 25-30% of Dan’s practice involved insurance defense work on the part of two larger, personal lines insurers. This included coverage questions, policy interpretation work, and defending and representing their insureds in litigation. After some insurance company mergers and the purchase of some insurers by larger insurance companies, Dan stopped doing defense work. Dan continues, however, to represent individual insureds on excess claims and coverage claims against their own insurers.
Whichever side he is on, Dan says his first task is to alleviate the concerns of his client. “I enjoy people. I enjoy helping people,” Dan says. “Clients can be worried and overwhelmed by the legal system and they need to know they will be protected and well-represented in that system. If a client employs me and there is a way to success, we are going to be successful.”
Dan obtained his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1982. He obtained his undergraduate degrees, a double major in business and philosophy from Montana State University, in 1979 and 1980. Following law school, Dan become employed at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP, where he had previously worked as an intern during law school. Dan became a partner with the firm in 1987, and served as Managing Partner from 1995 to 2013.
Dan has served on the Board of Trustees of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, and for a number of years served as the Chairman of the Medical/Legal Liaison Committee. He served as President of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association in 2003. Dan also served on the Board of the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society beginning in 2000 and extending to 2009, and was President of that board from 2004 to 2005. Dan is a current member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Washington State Attorneys for Justice (WSAJ), and American Association for Justice (AAJ).
Dan has lived in Pierce County since 1979, when he moved to Tacoma to attend law school. He recently relocated to just outside the city to the west, in the community of Olalla. He and his wife love to travel. They are the guardians of a rather extensive animal menagerie including four dogs, two cats, seven goats, ten chickens, and a horse. Potentially there are several alpacas in their future. Dan also enjoys fly fishing year round.