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Daniel F. Johnson

Daniel Johnson
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  • Phone: (206) 652-8660
  • Fax: (206) 652-8290
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Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • Consumer Protection
  • Class Actions
  • Appeals

Practice Description

Daniel Johnson represents employees, consumers, and businesses in employment, consumer protection and civil rights cases. He has litigated many federal and state employment discrimination cases, wage and hour disputes, and contract and tort cases, as well as sexual assault, wrongful death, and public accommodations cases.

Mr. Johnson has also handled many state and federal appeals, including:

  • Hesse/Olson v. Sprint, 598 F.3d 581 (9th Cir. 2010) (vacating dismissal of class action based on an overly broad release of claims in unrelated class settlement) [view opinion]
  • Sheffield v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., (Wash. App. 2009) (affirming verdict of retaliation against manager who complained of harassment due to sexual orientation) [view opinion]
  • Peck v. Cingular Wireless LLC, 535 F.3d 1053 (9th Cir. 2008) (reversing dismissal of state consumer fraud claims based on federal preemption) [view opinion]
  • Lowden v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., 512 F.3d 1213 (9th Cir. 2008) (affirming consumers’ right to sue as a class rather than submit to cell phone company’s requirement to make claims individually) [view opinion]
  • In re Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 497 F.3d 1005 (9th Cir. 2007) (reviewing trials in cases brought by “downwinders” exposed to radiation discharged by nuclear weapons facility) [view opinion]
  • In re: NOS Communications, 495 F.3d 1052 (9th Cir. 2007) (permitting claims by small business consumers alleging fraudulent telemarketing of long distance phone service) [view opinion]
  • Schnall v. AT&T Wireless Servs. Inc., 139 Wn.App.280 (2007), review granted, —Wn.2d—(April 29, 2008) (ordering class certified for consumers of wireless phone company) [view opinion]
  • Weston v. Emerald City Pizza, L.L.C., 137 Wn. App. 164 (2007) (reversing class certification on restaurant manager’s claim for overtime pay) [view opinion]
  • Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, 452 F.3d 1066 (9th Cir. 2006) (sustaining environmental cleanup claims by tribal members against Canadian polluter) [view opinion]
  • McClarty v. Totem Electric, 157 Wn.2d 214 (2006) (defining “disabled” under Washington Law Against Discrimination), superceded by statute, RCW 49.60.040(25) [view opinion]


  • “CERCLA and Transboundary Contamination in the Columbia River,” 21 Natural Resources & Environment, 8 (2006)

  • “Putting the Cart Before the Horse: Parent Involvement in the Improving America’s Schools Act,” 85 Cal. L. Rev. 1757 (1997)

Professional Honors and Affiliations

  • Named “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics, 2010–2012

  • Named “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2003–2008

  • Member of Washington Employment Lawyer Association Board of Directors and Amicus Committee

  • Chair of Washington State Bar Association Judicial Recommendation Committee

  • 2007 pro bono award, Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Clinic

  • Law clerk to U.S. District Judges Robert S. Lasnik and Carolyn R. Dimmick, 1997–1999


  • J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, 1997
  • B.A., Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, 1990