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The origins of Dano Law Firm, P.S. spring out of a highly respected Ellensburg law firm and date back to 1977 when Harrison K. Dano came to Moses Lake from Ellensburg where he had built a solid legal career. Harry Dano, as most knew him, had garnered a strong understanding water and reclamation law and gained many clients in this area, including Paul Lazier, as the Basin began opening up to greater farming opportunities. Harry even tried his hand at farming, with both his sons, Brian Dano and Garth Dano, farming with him when they were younger. Eventually, this Moses Lake branch of the Ellensburg law firm split from their Ellensburg associates in 1984, at which time Brian moved to Moses Lake and joined in the established practice with his father and brother, Garth.

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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. He himself literally worked nights, days and weekends. Harry Dano believed that a lawyer has an obligation to give back to the community and impressed this same belief in 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 in the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. All of the community things that were going on in Ellensburg he participated in, because 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 be a leader. People look up to the legal professional, look up to lawyers and expect lawyers to be community leaders.


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 and the Chamber in Ellensburg, and this group and that group."

Brian has kept up this tradition of community involvement during his 25 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. His most recent effort at community involvement has been the formation of the Chiefs QB Club, in support of the Moses Lake High School Chiefs Football program. Brian has recently cut down his participation in several local organizations in order to devote more time to supporting his youngest son through his final year of high school. "I wanted to be there to help him out and do all the stuff I probably didn't do with my older kids." He has learned through the years the importance and difficulty of balancing the business of being a lawyer, participating in community and making time for family.

Brian is married to Cynthia Dano, another member of the business community as the owner of the local art gallery and wine shop IMBIBE, and together they have five children. Whenever he can, Brian says, he most enjoys travelling with his wife and children, taking road trips to various parts of the United States. After family, Brian's second love is watching and supporting WSU Cougars athletics.

 

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