Daniel J. Ichinaga

  • Daniel J. Ichinaga
  • Daniel J. Ichinaga

Daniel is a business attorney, which means his clients trust him to worry for them. He serves as the chair of the firm’s business section, and his practice includes business and nonprofit formation, succession planning, business mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, employment law, private offerings of securities, and outside general counsel work. Daniel’s clients value his judgment, analysis, and critical eye to help them navigate difficult legal issues, structure their business relationships to fairly allocate rewards and risks, and move towards achieving their goals and dreams. Daniel represents individuals and both profit and nonprofit entities, including higher education and religious nonprofits.

Daniel sees his practice as a life-long pursuit of developing the judgment and skills to serve others. He deeply appreciates the matters entrusted to him by his clients and works hard to earn and maintain their trust.

Daniel is rated AV Preeminent® (5.0/5.0), the highest ranking given by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been selected a Super Lawyer by his peers in the annual survey by Washington Super Lawyers every year, from 2001 through 2020, and is rated 10.0 “Superb” by Avvo.

Washington State Bar Association

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



Best publication: Cover boy, August/September 2003 Washington Law & Politics, Super Lawyers edition.


Daniel was a member of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission and served as its Vice-Chair in 1996 and its Chair in 1997 and 1998. He also serves on the board of directors of Seattle Kendo Kai, the oldest kendo dojo in the Pacific Northwest. He holds the rank of yondan (4th degree black belt) in kendo. His blank verse play, Weeds, played to sold-out audiences at the Seattle Fringe Festival (2000) and he has appeared in a number of local plays. As a young attorney, Daniel had the honor and privilege of serving on the legal team for Gordon Hirabayashi in the case and appeal that overturned Gordon’s infamous convictions for opposing the wartime curfew and internment imposed on Japanese-Americans located on the West Coast. During his free time, Daniel enjoys being with his wonderful wife, Allison (and serving as her prep chef), reading the great literature he should have read earlier in life, practicing kendo, and honing his communication skills through Toastmasters.

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
Volunteer of the Year, 2019

Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation
Presidential Service Award, 2017

Reported Cases

  • Spencer v. World Vision, 633 F.2d 723 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Spencer v. World Vision, 570 F.Supp 1279 (W.D.Wash 2008)
  • State v. Motherwell, 114 Wn2d 353, 788 P.2d 1066 (1990)

Transaction Experience

  • Over 30 years serving as outside general counsel to various profit and nonprofit entities
  • Employment advice to employers and employees, including drafting and review of employment agreements, employment handbooks, noncompetition and nonsolicitation and nondisclosure agreements
  • Representing employers and employees regarding employment disputes (including numerous severance and settlement agreements regarding discrimination claims and breach of contract claims)
  • Forming corporations, limited liability companies, and other forprofit entities, and counseling owners on control, management, and exit planning issues
  • Forming nonprofit corporations
  • Representing sellers and buyers with the purchase and sale of businesses or real property
  • Representing clients in financing transactions
  • Representing local private school in eminent domain partial taking by local municipality

Selected Transactions

$1.125 million stock redemption
$375,000 asset purchase
$8.6 million stock redemption
$2.2 million asset purchase
$4.64 million asset purchase sale
Sale of Forrest-Pruzan Creative LLC to a subsidiary of Funko, a publicly-traded company
$30 million tax exempt and taxable refinancing
$80 million tax exempt bond extension
$85.5 million tax exempt, private placement bond financing
$20 million secured line of credit bank financing
$6 million stock sale of a local staff management company
$26 million sale of a majority interest in a local manufacturing company, representing sellers
$31 million taxable and tax exempt bond financing for local higher education institution
$1.675 million settlement for employee seeking stock redemption
$20 million refunding bond financing for regional college
$13.5 million purchase of preferred units in a local housing and retail facility, representing buyer
$10 million financing for local distributing company
$20 million line of credit financing
$5 million stock redemption
$81 million refunding revenue bonds financing
$33 million taxable and tax exempt revenue bond financing for higher education institution
$23 million stock redemption and purchase of local distributing company
$15.6 million investment in local distributing company
$9 million bank financing
$14 million financing for line of credit
$3.6 million asset sale by local manufacturing company
$12.75 million sale of building
$4.5 million private placement securities offering for local manufacturer
$3 million private placement securities offering for a local distributor
$8 million private placement offering
$91 million tax exempt bond financing
$8 million stock sale of a local marketing and consulting firm
$7.8 million taxable bond financing for local church
$10.7 million tax exempt housing revenue bond financing for nonprofit organization
$87 million tax exempt revenue bond financing for local higher education institution
$2.8 million convertible note representing private lender
$2 million purchase of preferred stock representing private investor
$2 million convertible note representing private lender
$8.1 million preferred stock purchase representing private investor
$2.8 million purchase of preferred stock representing private investor
$2.1 million loan representing private lender
$3.8 million preferred stock purchase representing investor
$43 million merger of regional retail chain with a publicly-traded national retail chain
$15 million line of credit representing private lender
$4.2 million judgment awarded to client in eminent domain action
$1 million arbitration award for relocation costs in favor of specialty retail business

Seattle Pacific University, B.A. summa cum laude, 1980

University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, J.D., 1983