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Brian J. Hanis
  • Partner






Brian works with individual and business clients to provide competent representation in matters related to Family Law, Business, Commercial Lessor/Lessee, Landlord-Tenant, Real Estate, Condemnation, Municipal, Construction, Creditor Rights and Collections, Wills/estates, and Bankruptcy, including handling litigation, mediations, and arbitrations.

In 2003, Brian became the first legal intern for Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC, while he attended law school. After passing the Bar Exam in 2004, he joined the firm as the first Associate Attorney hired out of law school.  In 2009, Brian became a Partner at Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC.

Prior to working for the firm, he worked for the Water Distribution crew for the City of Kent Water Department, while he attended undergraduate college.

As a long time resident of Kent and South King County, Brian has committed himself to a number of organizations to help better his community.

  • Member of the Kiwanis Club of Kent and Past President
  • Graduated from the Leadership Institute of South King County in 2007.
  • Past President and Trustee of the South King County Bar Association
  • Past member of the Board of Directors for the Renton Technical College Foundation.

Brian has also volunteered at a number of organizations, churches, and schools including at a local high school as a football coach. He also volunteers his time to work with local community centers to help provide legal assistance.

In 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, Brian was proudly recognized as a "Top Attorney in Washington Rising Star" by Seattle Met Magazine. This recognition is for his professional achievements as recognized by his peers.

Brian has also been named one of the 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in Bankruptcy for 2014 by the American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys (  His nomination is made by clients/peers and is for obtaining 10/10 in client satisfaction, no negative feedback, is top rated by his clients/peers, and is seen as an industry leader.

When Brian is not working he spends every moment he can with his beautiful wife, Megan, and their three children, Kayda, Dillon, and Carson.

Brian also enjoys, traveling, watching movies, playing any and all sports, working on his home, and is an avid sports junkie and fan – in particular, the Seattle Seahawks along with the other Seattle teams, and the teams of the universities he attended.

Areas Of Practice

  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Bankruptcy
  • Wills/estates
  • Real Estate
  • Creditor Rights and Collections
  • Construction
  • Condemnation
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2004
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 2004


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. - 2004
  • University of Washington
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: Speech Communications
  • Highline College
    • A.A. - 1999
    • Major: Business
  • Kentwood High School

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • South King County Bar Association, Trustee
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