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Daniel P. Hurley

Daniel Hurley's practice focuses on employment and labor issues. He represents employers in individual and class action disputes, including claims of wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and breach of contract. Daniel also counsels employers regarding employee relations, employment practices and procedures, compliance with employment and labor laws, and the employment aspects of business transactions. Daniel represents a wide range of employers in the private and public sectors, including large international corporations, start-ups, non-profit organizations, school districts, and state and local governments.


Daniel frequently represents management in litigation in federal and state courts and in private arbitration, as well as in disputes before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, the Seattle Office of Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board, and other federal, state, and local agencies. Daniel has significant experience defending employers in class, collective, and multi-plaintiff actions, such as those involving claims of wage and hour violations and discrimination. Daniel also represents employers in cases involving non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and non-competition agreements with employees, as well as the protection of trade secrets and other confidential information. He is experienced in all phases of disputes, from early investigation, to litigation, and through trial, as well as the successful defense of favorable judgments on appeal.

Advice and Compliance

Daniel counsels management on a wide array of employment-related topics. He regularly drafts and reviews employment-related documents, including employee handbooks, incentive compensation plans, employment offer letters and agreements, non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements, severance agreements, staffing agency agreements, and independent contractor agreements. Daniel serves as primary employment counsel for a number of clients, providing advice on day-to-day compliance issues such as hiring practices, employee management, investigation of employee complaints, compliance with federal, state, and local leave laws, employment terminations and reductions in force, and the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and separation agreements. Daniel also regularly partners with the firm’s corporate practice group to assist clients with the range of employment considerations that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

In addition to his work for K&L Gates, LLP, Daniel has previously worked as in-house counsel addressing employment-related legal matters for an international distribution company. During law school, Daniel worked as a judicial extern in the chambers of the Honorable Ann Aiken of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

Prior to attending law school and joining the firm, Daniel was a social studies and language arts teacher for a public middle school in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Daniel, his wife Molly, and their two young children, enjoy exploring the northwest, rain or shine. Having called the northwest home since leaving North Carolina in 1999, Daniel presumes that the day when he is accustomed to the gray and rainy weather is still just around the corner.

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2018
  • Named to the Washington Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2006-2007, 2009-2012)
  • Nominated as a finalist for Outstanding Mentor Award in 2016 by members of King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
  • Acted as Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in felony jury trials during six-week fellowship in 2009

Daniel’s experience as an employment attorney enables him to regularly provide pro bono services to a wide variety non-profit organizations, including by reviewing and revising employee handbooks and other policies, providing day-to-day advice regarding compliance with employment laws, and drafting and negotiating employment and separation agreements.

  • Survey of Washington Employment Libel Law, MLRC 50-State Survey: Employment Libel & Privacy Law, Survey updates 2015 through 2019
  • Podcast, “Working Wise: Navigating State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws,” A HUB Talks Podcast, March 2018
  • Speaker, “Status Classification: Exempt vs. Nonexempt," Lorman Education Services
  • Speaker, “Gone But Not Forgotten: Managing Family and Medical Leaves in Washington,” K&L Gates, LLP, Breakfast Briefing
  • Speaker, “Documentation Requirements When Hiring Employees,” Lorman Education Services
  • Speaker, “State and Federal Posting Requirements: What to Post and Where,” Lorman Education Services
  • "Payroll Fundamentals: Basic Principles to Help You Manage the Payroll Process," Lorman Education Services
  •  Co-Speaker and Presenter, “Banks v. City of Ocean Shores: Another Chapter in the Fee vs. Tax Saga,” Washington Public Utility Districts Association Municipal and Public Utility District Attorney CLE Conference, December 2010
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