Daniel J. Gerl - Owner / Managing Attorney
Dan is a former DUI prosecutor with over twelve years of experience handling DUI and other criminal cases in Seattle, Federal Way, Tacoma and throughout Western Washington.
Dan attended the Seattle University School of Law with the goal of becoming a prosecutor and began his legal career with the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office, where he handled several jury trials before graduating cum laude from SU.
After passing the Bar, Dan continued working as a prosecutor for four years in Federal Way and Pierce County, handling hundreds of DUI cases. Over time he realized that, despite a solid conviction record, he was more in tune with helping the accused than prosecuting them.
Dan went into private practice in 2010, handling both DUI defense and personal injury litigation. In 2013, Dan formed Puget Law Group (formerly Gerl Law PLLC), focusing on DUI defense, criminal defense, and plaintiffs' personal injury.
Dan is rated a "10" on AVVO, its highest rating. He is a member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington State Bar Association, Citizens for Judicial Excellence (CJE), the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Washington State Association for Justice, and the National College of DUI Defense. Dan is licensed to practice law in courts throughout Washington in both State and Federal Court.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys serving on the Board of Directors with Athletes For Kids, spending time with his wife and two boys, nine and four, and helping to coach his son Johan's youth football team.
Zannie Carlson - Senior Attorney
From an early age, Zannie became invested in social justice issues associated with the criminal justice system. After graduating from Kenyon College with a degree is Sociology, Zannie attended American University Washington College of Law, where she graduated cum laude. She was honored with a J.D. Distinguished Fellowship, and spent one year working in the felonies unit at The Defender Association (TDA) Division of the King County Department of Public Defense.
At TDA, she worked closely with felony attorneys researching, drafting, and arguing legal motions, appearing at hearings, preparing cases to the point of trial, and acting as co-counsel. Zannie then went on to work as a public defender in the Division's Civil Commitment Unit, representing more than two hundred clients over the course of eight months, winning cases both before the superior court as well as on appeal.
Zannie has worked with a full misdemeanor caseload, as well as a mixed caseload of felonies and misdemeanors and has successfully earned her clients' dismissals, pleas to lesser charges, and immigration safe resolutions for undocumented clients and legal permanent residents. She has experience working in criminal defense at the trial level as well as post-conviction level, where she has written appeals and advocated for other forms of equitable relief.
Nicholas R. Andrews - Senior Attorney
Nicholas R. Andrews joined Puget Law Group in August 2018. His practice areas include Class A, B and C felonies, gross misdemeanors / misdemeanors, juvenile offenses, domestic violence offenses, probation violations, and anti-harassment hearings.
Nick was born in Richmond, VA, where his father practiced law. He now resides in Tacoma, where he has lived and worked since May of 2006 after completing his first year of law school. Nick graduated from O'Dea High School in Seattle, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Policy Studies in 2003 from Indiana University. He then attended Seattle University School of Law, earning his J.D. in 2008, and was admitted to the State Bar in October of that year.
Nick is known for his compassionate touch, professionalism, integrity, diligence, and zealous advocacy on behalf of clients. He has significant experience with clients struggling with mental health and chemical dependency issues. Nick was a presenter at the 2017 “Defending Drug Cases” Continuing Legal Education seminar addressing treatment issues, Drug Court & DOSA.
Nick is actively involved in the local Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association and Tacoma Pro Bono legal services. His experience includes:
- Pierce County Tacoma Bar Association Board of Trustee Member (2017 through 2018)
- Pierce County Tacoma Bar Foundation – President (2018 to present), Vice President (2016 – 2018)
- Pierce County Tacoma Volunteer Legal Services, Volunteer (2016 – 2017)
- Kitsap Legal Services, Volunteer (2005 – 2008)
In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, visiting with friends, watching collegiate sporting events with his two brothers, traveling, backpacking, hiking, fishing, target shooting, and hunting.
Kenlynn A. Gallinger - Attorney "Of Counsel"
Kenlynn graduated cum laude from Central Washington University, where she received her BA in Economics, and she received her JD from Seattle University in 1992. She has successfully represented clients for over 23 years in the state of Washington. Her practice has included felony and misdemeanor DUI and criminal defense, felony appeals, juvenile representation, administrative hearings for professional licensing issues, and Department of Licensing hearings.
Sarah Contreras - Personal Injury Paralegal
Sarah is our Paralegal, handling both DUI/Criminal Defense and Personal Injury matters. Sarah graduated from Todd Beamer High School while also earning college credits through the running start program at Highline Community College. She graduated from Washington State University in 2010 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honors Society). Sarah briefly worked as a Legal Assistant at PLG in 2015 and re-joined the firm earlier this year. Sarah enjoys interior design, cooking, wine and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their two year old daughter Sophia.
Heidi Cho - Legal Assistant
From a young age, Heidi had a strong interest in the legal field when her father became a law enforcement agent with the New York Police Department.
Heidi previously attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice through the CUNY Macaulay Honors College while attending high school before moving to WA. After High School, she was inspired by her personal interest in computers and initially went into a program for Information Technology before her enlistment. During her military career, she decided to switch her studies and is now pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.
Originally from Queens, New York, Heidi has come to love and enjoy in the outdoors during her residence in WA. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, snowboarding, kayaking, and exploring as much of the Pacific Northwest as she can.
Tia Flores - Legal Assistant
Tia is one the newest members not only to Puget Law Group, but also to Western Washington. She moved here from Eastern Washington (Tri-Cities) and brings with her an Associates' Degree in Criminal Justice, a Paralegal Certificate, a background in family law and is working towards a Bachelors' Degree in Graphic and Web Design.
Tia was originally studying to become an attorney herself when she decided she had a strong passion for graphic and web design. Tia took a leap of faith and changed courses and is now studying to become a graphic and web designer. Although she changed courses with school, Tia will always have a passion for working in the legal field. She loves to work for the clients and is passionate about helping people fight for their case.
In her free time, Tia enjoys traveling and exploring new places, hiking any mountain she can get her foot on, painting and creating artwork, and spending time with her family.