Daniel J. Gerl - Managing Partner
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 addition, Dan served on the Board of Directors with Athletes For Kids from October 2014 through January 2017.
Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, 11 and 5, and helping to coach his son Johan's youth sports teams. He is a long-suffering (and season ticket holding) L.A. Rams fan.
Casey M. Arbenz - Partner
Casey got his start in criminal law with the Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office where he won his first several jury trials. After working briefly with the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office, he was hired by the Hester Law Group where he worked for ten years before joining Puget Law Group in February 2019 as a Partner.
Casey fights vigorously for his clients. His criminal defense representation ranges from serious felonies such as Assault, Murder, Rape, and the like – as well as white collar crimes involving accusations of complex embezzlement, theft, forgery, perjury and fraud.
Casey has also been recognized for his fervent representation of his civil clients – having a 100% success rate at trial – and he has recovered millions for clients injured via the negligence of others as well as those whose civil rights were violated by police or other government agents.
Casey's successes have earned him Washington State's 2012 “Professionalism Award” from the Young Lawyers Section of the Washington State Bar Association, as well as his consistent rating as a "Rising Star." He was named a “SuperLawyer” in 2019 – a distinction bestowed upon just 5% of practicing attorneys in the state.
Casey's mantra is that “there are no unwinnable cases.”
Casey has served as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Tacoma/Pierce County Bar Association and is a member of the Robert J. Bryan Inns of Court. He is licensed to practice law in all Washington State courts, as well as Federally, in the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington.
In his spare time Casey can be found chasing his two energetic kids (ages 3 and 4) and being chased by his German Shepherd dog, Maverick. Casey and his wife, Annie (a lawyer at Andrews and Arbenz in Tacoma) participate in Ironman triathlons (swimming, biking and running). During the summer, Casey and his buddies begin every Tuesday and Thursday morning putting on their wetsuits and swimming up to two miles in the Puget Sound or Crescent Lake in Gig Harbor. The other days of the week are rounded out with bike rides, long runs, kids soccer and ballet practices, some fishing and boating, and lots of good times exploring the Northwest.
Nicholas R. Andrews - Partner
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.
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.
Sarah Contreras - 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 in 2018. Sarah enjoys interior design, cooking, wine and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their three 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.
Alexis Isom - Legal Assistant
Alexis came to PLG in September 2018, having worked previously for Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel (DAC) and Washington State Department of Corrections. Alexis has extensive experience working in various administrative positions, ranging from managing a large local restaurant to managing and working with union members to provide them with their benefits.
Since working as a Legal Assistant with DAC, Alexis gained a particular passion in helping to protect the rights of our community. She intends to further her knowledge by studying Legal Services in the future.
When Alexis is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 4 young nephews and family. She also loves to cook, spend time being adventurous in the great PNW, and trying out new restaurants around The Puget Sound.