AWARD WINNING ETHICS

 We believe actions speak louder than words and follow the dictum of JC Watts,"Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking." That frames the basis of our firm and the foundation for our mission statement. We hold high standards for each member of our team. 

 

Our senior attorney, Brian Dano, has been Martindale-Hubbard AV Preeminent for over 30 years,

which is the highest peer rating standard for outstanding ethics and legal ability.

WHY US

GENERATIONS OF EXPERIENCE

Since 1947, Dano Law Firm, P.S. (in one form or another) has been providing peace of mind and experience in the areas of real estate and business transactions; estate and future planning; probate administration; and limited liability company (LLC) creation, management and transactions. We have seen many changes in 70 years... name changes, location changes, and  partner changes.

 

Through all of this, one thing has remained unchanged and true to our founder's vision...

 

Our commitment to providing peace of mind to our clients and our team.

In all we do, we stay true to our foundational values of Respect, Knowledge, Integrity, Responsibility and Community.

QUALITY INDIVIDUAL CARE

 

We partner with you by first listening and understanding what your needs are and recognizing that you and your situation are unique. Then with that knowledge and our experience, we customize a solution for your issues. We value your time and take pride in always returning your calls and emails in a timely manner as well as communicating with you regarding your matter. Attention to detail and timelines as well as confidentiality is our promise to you. 

 

We are here to help make the difficult simple. 

 

Call or email today to see how we can work together for your peace of mind.

 
 

OUR STORY

Founded in the mid 1940's by Harrison K. Dano on his return from WWII, Dano Law Firm has had over 70 years of experience with putting their clients first.

Originally Harrison K. Dano partnered with FA Kern in Ellensburg, WA to begin Kern and Dano, a general practice firm. Over the years the firm grew, adding partners (and names) and became a highly respected Ellensburg law firm.

 

In 1977, Harry led the firm expansion to Moses Lake. He had garnered a strong understanding of water and reclamation law and gained many clients in the area, including Paul Lauzier, as the Basin began opening up to greater farming opportunities. On the side, Harry tried his hand at farming with his sons, Brian and Garth, farming with him when they were younger. Many changes occurred. The farming didn't work out and the Moses Lake branch of the Ellensburg law firm split from their Ellensburg associates.

 

In 1984, Brian moved from Ellensburg to Moses Lake and joined in the established practice with his father and brother, Garth.

Neither of the Dano brothers had planned to follow their father's footsteps as attorneys, nor did their father expect it of them. Brian had intended to become a football coach, playing the game in both high school and college, but by the time he'd become a senior at Washington State University, he decided that wasn't the career for him. Instead, he headed to law school at Gonzaga University, a decision he claims was a "spur of the moment" idea.

Although Harry Dano did not expect his sons to go into law as a profession, he did expect them to work hard and instilled a tremendous work ethic in all of his children. Harry literally worked nights, days and weekends. He believed that a lawyer had an obligation to give back to the community and impressed this same belief of the importance of community involvement upon his sons. As Brian explains it, "the thing he impressed upon us, and one of the reasons he was working so much, was he also took the time to be involved and participate in a number of community organizations including  the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. My dad always said,

"You are a service provider and part of being a service provider is to provide voluntary

service to the community you live in and to be a leader."

Community involvement has been a cornerstone of Dano Law Firm and is one of the firm's values. Brian added,

 

"He lived that belief and I know it was a big influence with me, because as soon as I started practicing law I was immediately

a member of the Rotary Club, the Chamber, the Rodeo Board and a variety of community groups."

Brian has kept up this tradition of community involvement during his 35+ years of practice in Moses Lake where he has also been involved in the Moses Lake Tourism Commission, the Moses Lake Parks and Recreation Commission, the Grant County Economic Development Council, the Big Bend Community College Foundation, Vision 20/20 and several other local and regional political endeavors.

The past 70+ years has seen many changes at Dano Law Firm...name changes, location changes, and  partner changes. Through the changes, one thing has remained unchanged and true to our founder's vision...

OUR COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING PEACE OF MIND TO OUR CLIENTS AND OUR TEAM. 
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OUR VALUES

RESPECT

KNOWLEDGE

INTEGRITY

RESPONSIBILITY

COMMUNITY

OUR TEAM

ATTORNEYS

BRIAN J. DANO

NEARLY 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

CONCENTRATED IN THE AREAS OF ESTATE & TRUST PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION, PROBATE, REAL PROPERTY & COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS, BUSINESS ENTITY CREATION & MANAGEMENT, & FAMILY BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING

Senior attorney, Brian Dano, has been in the active practice of law since 1972, initially engaging in general practice in Ellensburg, Washington, with emphasis on criminal law, real estate and business matters. Since 1982, Brian's practice has eliminated litigation and concentrated in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, probate, real property and commercial transactions, business entity creation and management, and family business succession planning.

 

Included in the practice area are giving advice and counsel and preparation of estate planning documents, including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Community Property Agreements, Trusts and Pre- and Postnuptial Agreements; documents necessary for the creation and management of limited liability companies; and documents involved in all manner of real property and commercial transactions. Also included are advice, planning and assistance with probate and trust administration.

DAMIANO CACCHIOTTI

GRADUATED FROM MCGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW IN SACRAMENTO, CA.

CONCENTRATED IN THE AREAS OF ESTATE & TRUST PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION, PROBATE, AND REAL PROPERTY & COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS, 

Damiano Cacchiotti is our junior attorney and was born and raised in Moses Lake and graduated from Moses Lake High School. He then attended Washington State University and graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Accounting (GO COUGS!). While at WSU, Damiano was active in his fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, holding an executive position in the fraternity. Damiano finished his studies at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He was involved in many different student organizations including business, real property, estate planning and trusts law, ultimately graduating with a Juris Doctor degree. Damiano then returned home to Moses Lake to work at Dano Law Firm where he previously worked during summer breaks from school and remotely while at school. Damiano practices in the areas of estate  planning, probate, real property and commercial transactions. 

Damiano is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, including the WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Business Law Section, and the Solo and Small Practice Section. 

LEGAL ASSISTANTS

JEFF HEIMARK

LPO and Probate and Estate Administration Legal Assistant

Jeff  has a Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University where he graduated in 2004. He has been with the firm since 2011 and is an  LPO (limited practice officer). Jeff works in the probate portion of the firm and assists our clients with probate matters as well as estate and trust administration and real estate matters.

 

Before joining the firm, Jeff worked several years for a local financial institution. His previous employment has given him insight for estate and trust account creation as well as asset transfers and financial transactions.

 

Jeff is married with two children and, in his spare time, enjoys playing and listening to music and doing home improvement projects. 

BIANCA PRUNEDA

Estate Planning and Business Entity Formation/Management Legal Assistant

Bianca was raised in the small town of Warden, WA just 17 miles south of Moses Lake. She spent the better part of her young adulthood working with a multitude of children. She joined Dano Law Firm in 2020.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys coaching and playing volleyball, hanging out with her husband and daughter, camping, and, sitting ‘round the table making memories with her family and friends.

VICKI HEIMARK

LPO and Real Estate Legal Assistant

Vicki was born in Montana and grew up in North Dakota where she attended the University of North Dakota. She has lived in Moses Lake since 1991 and has been with the firm for 22 years. Vicki is the legal assistant and LPO (limited practice officer) for the real estate portion of the firm and has experience in water issues, farm and commercial leases, real estate conveyance and Section 1031 exchanges.  As a third generation member of a real estate family, Vicki's extensive  knowledge of real property matters is from life-long experiences.

Vicki and her husband Ron, have ten children and 13 grandchildren. She is involved with many community activities including  the National Association of Professional Mortgage Woman. She enjoys reading, baseball, shopping and family activities. 

STAFF

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MICHELE DANO

Office Manager

Michele is a life long resident of Moses Lake and graduated from Moses Lake High School and attended Big Bend Community College.

She is the mother of three children who keep her busy with their activities. 

She loves children and was Director of Operations for  the Boys & Girls Club of the Columbia Basin for many years. She joined Dano Law Firm in 2019 and brings her management experience to our front office.

Michele enjoys country music and in her spare time can be found kicking up her heels at concerts and festivals. 

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LUANN SHOEMAKER

Office Administrator

Luann was born and raised in Manson, Washington and graduated from Manson High School. She attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg and moved to the Columbia Basin in 1984.

 

Luann  has been with the firm since 1985. For many years she was the  smiling face at the front desk and the kind voice on the phone. In 2021 she "retired" and now works part time behind the scenes. 

 

Luann has three children and two grandchildren. She and her husband, Junior, enjoy traveling. She also likes reading and just being outdoors. 

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NANCY STOUT

Entity and File Management

Nancy  was born and raised in Seward, Alaska. She graduated from Seward High School  and attended Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. She moved to Moses Lake in 1986 and began working with Dano Law Firm in 1998.

 

She and her husband, Dan, who is a Warrant Officer in the National Guard, have one son and three grandchildren.  

 

On her days off Nancy enjoys spending time with family (especially the grandchildren!), walking, shopping, road trips, boating and going to the movies.

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LAURIE FOWLER

Administrative Assistant

Laurie was born and raised in Fairfield, Montana and graduated from Fairfield High School.

 

She has lived in Moses Lake since 1993, worked for an accounting firm, and local financial institutions over the years, joining Dano Law Firm in 2020. She brings a wealth of  knowledge and friendliness to the firm.

 

Laurie is married with five grown children and 14 grandchildren who keep her busy all the time.

 

In her spare time she can be: seen at the baseball fields supporting her grandkid; listening to music; dancing; gardening; adventuring outdoors; and most of all getting in the car for a good Montana road trip!