Dainen N. Penta

Dainen N. Penta

(206) 403-1933



  • April 2013-present: Associate with Leahy Fjelstad Peryea
  • 2012-2013 Self-employed community associations attorney
  • 2011-2012 Associate with Condominium Law Group
  • 2010-2011 Associate with McKisson, Sargent & Oliason P.S.
  • 2008-2010 Partner with Seattle law firm of Spencer Anderson & Buhr, PLLC
  • 2006-2008 Self-employed attorney focusing on bankruptcy and debtor-creditor
  • 2004-2006 Associate with bankruptcy law firm
  • 2002-2004 Worked in father’s law office, for a title & escrow company, and then self-employed (attorney)


  • L.L.M., University of Washington School of Law
  • J.D., Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • Certificate in Federal Tax Law – May 2001
  • Highest grade in Bankruptcy & Debtor-Creditor Law, Spring 2000
  • Articles Editor, International Legal Perspectives (2000-2001)
  • B.A., Whitworth College (Spokane, WA)
  • International Studies & French – May 1997
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior; Modern Languages (French)

Personal Statement

I work closely with community associations to help them solve a variety of legal and business problems, to strengthen and build the places where they live. This includes handling general counsel, enforcement, and collection matters. Community associations are at their best when boards, professional management, and legal counsel work together as a team to achieve what is best for the community.

I am motivated by the quest for knowledge and a desire to use that knowledge in a practical way.

Awards and Recognition

  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division “Star of the Quarter,” Fall 2011
  • Avvo.com: Ranking of 10.0 on a 10.0 scale
  • King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; Nominated for 2010 Outstanding Mentor Award
  • Washington Super Lawyers Magazine “Rising Stars” list, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • WSBA Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation, 2009-2011
  • WSBA “Random Acts of Professionalism” Award, 2009 (Nominated by Fred Corbit)


Washington State Bar Association

  • Member Since 2003 (WSBA No. 33597)
  • Debtor-Creditor Section member (2003-present)
  • Professionalism Committee member (2007-2010)
  • Solo & Small Practice Section member (2013-present)

Washington Young Lawyers Division (WYLD)

  • President (2011-2012)
  • President-elect (2010-2011)
  • At-Large Trustee (2009-2010)
  • WYLD Delegate to Western States Bar Conference (2012)
  • WYLD Representative to WSBA Board of Governors Governance Committee, 2010-2011

WSBA Leadership Institute Fellow and Graduate (2007)

American Bar Association

  • YLD Diversity Vice-Director (2011-2012)
  • YLD National Conferences Team, Member (2010-2011)
  • YLD Awards of Achievement, Associate Judge (2010 and 2011)
  • YLD Liaison to SOGI Commission (2009-2010)
  • ABA Bar Leadership Institute (2011)
  • Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Member
  • TIPS Leadership Academy (2012-2013)

Asian Bar Association of Washington

  • Mentorship program (participate regularly as mentor and mentee)

King County Bar Association (various dates of membership)

  • Bankruptcy Section member

QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of Washington

  • President (2008-2009)
  • President-elect (2007-2008)
  • Board of Directors and Member (2005-2010)

Washington Minority Bars Collaboration Project (WAMBAC, Statewide Diversity Conference

  • Co-Chair of Conference Planning Committee (2010, 2011)
  • Member of Conference Planning Committee (2009)
  • Board of Directors (2010-present)


  • Panelist, WSBA Access to Justice and Bar Leaders Conference, Plenary Session, June 2012
  • Moderator & Faculty, WSBA New Lawyer Education Preadmission Program, October 2011
  • Faculty, “Creating a Place for Diversity in the Legal Profession,” ABA Young Lawyers Division Fall Conference, October 2011
  • Moderator, “Bar Leadership in Public Service,” 2011 WSBA Access to Justice/Bar Leaders Conference
  • Faculty, “Complex Bankruptcy Issues,” National Business Institute, December 2010
  • Panelist, “Legal Careers 101,” WAMBAC 2010 Statewide Diversity Conference
  • Faculty, “Lincoln on Professionalism,” Washington State Bar Association, March and September 2009
  • Panelist, “Bar Leaders Panel,” Gonzaga University School of Law “Building Bridges” Week, 2008
  • Panelist, “Achieving Diversity Panel and Roundtables,” Puget Sound Area Legal Administrators, 2008
  • Panelist, “Nuts and Bolts of Solo Practice,” Washington Minority Bars Collaboration Project, 2007 Statewide Diversity Conference, Seattle University School of Law, 2007
  • Panelist, “Collaboration Among Washington’s Minority Bar Associations,” National Latino/a Law Students Association Conference, University of Washington School of Law (2006)
  • Publications
  • WYLD President’s Column – 2011-2012 (bimonthly)
  • “Strength in Numbers: Special-Focus Bars Partner With Larger Bars – and Grow”, ABA Bar Leader Magazine, 2009 (interviewed and quoted in)
  • “The Good and Bad of BAPCPA’s Changes,” King County Bar Bulletin, 2008
  • Practical Tips to Increase Professionalism, Washington State Bar News (Now NWLawyer), 2008
  • “QLaw Enjoys Second Successful Year,” Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers, 2007
  • “QLaw Keeps the Ball Rolling,” Trial News, Washington State Trial Lawyers, 2006
  • “Reflections on the 1999 ABA Annual Meeting,” Oregon State Bar Connections, 1999


Enjoy travel, music, reading, various outdoor sports and activities. Rabid karaoke goer/star.