About Dan


Before attending law school, I was a teacher.  That's why education is so important to me and why I care so deeply about fighting for every child's right to be placed in the right educational setting.  

During law school, I interned with the Seattle Public Schools, and worked closely with special education supervisors to help ensure that students received the “appropriate education” to which they were entitled.


 For three years during and after college, I worked as a Tutor-Counselor in the Upward Bound program, which provides academic and emotional support for at-risk youth.  I began my teaching career in under-resourced Los Angeles and rural Louisiana public schools as a Teach for America corps member. 

Dan Stands Out

Those experiences made me passionate about education and the need for educational reform.  Later, I was able to put some of my ideas into practice when I helped develop an innovative curriculum for a middle school my friends and I founded in Austin, Texas.   

The time I spent in a classroom and helping run a school developed skills that make me a better lawyer.  I am resourceful, highly motivated, and absolutely dedicated to getting the best possible result for my clients.


  • Taught students with learning disabilities - dyslexic, dysgraphic, and ADD/ADHD - in public and private school settings. 
  • Evaluated students and wrote individual educational plans (IEP) as part of IEP Teams
  • Worked with parents, students and special education teachers to implement plans to have learning disabled and emotionally disturbed students participate successfully in the regular education classroom
  • Tutored at-risk high school students for two years.
  • Completed Special Ed Law and Advocacy Training

Employers and Internships

  • Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel
  • Washington State School Directors’ Association
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Teacher and Co-Founder - Paragon Prep Middle School, Austin, Texas
  • Middle School Teacher - Southfield School, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Elementary Teacher, Teach For America - Fort Polk, Louisiana



  • Seattle University School of Law, JD
  • Seattle Journal for Social Justice, Content Development Editor
  • Binghamton University, BA


  • 2009 Seattle University School of Law Commencement Speaker
  • Mock Trial - American Trial Lawyers Association’s Regional Competition finalist.


  • High Court Rules “Class of One” Theory Does Not Apply in Public Employment, , Vol. XXXI, No. 6 (August, 2008).School Law Digest
  • How to Prevent the Next Virginia Tech: Well-Intentioned Laws Misunderstood and Misapplied. 


  • Washington Bar Association
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
  • Council of School Attorneys
  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • WSBA Juvenile Law Section

Community Service and Hobbies

  • Advisory Council - Tacoma Center YMCA
  • Seattle University Recent Alumni Committee
  • Pro Bono work for Lawyers Fostering Independence, helping youth who have aged out of foster care.
  • Pro Bono work with TeamChild, helping youth gain re-entry to Pierce County school districts.
  • Avid Runner - finished Tacoma City, North Olympic Discovery, and Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathons in 2011.

Email: law@danbarkley.com            Call: (206) 403-8177