Fara Daun

Professional Experience

Tollefsen Law PLLC — Lynnwood, WA
Attorney (2014 – 2016)

  • Reviewed and analyzed client matters; proposed creative, cost-effective solutions

  • As lead counsel, negotiated settlement of SEC litigation following discovery; negotiated favorable resolutions of state and local business licensing matters

  • Represented clients in securities fraud cases, FINRA disciplinary matters, administrative negotiations and hearings, and real estate matters

  • Prepared and filed entity formation and operating documents for corporations and limited liability companies

  • Drafted a range of litigation documents including pleadings, briefs, and motions; edited U.S. Supreme Court petition for certiorari

  • Reviewed and drafted corporate documents including contracts, letters of intent, non-disclosure and non-circumvent agreements, leases, and legal correspondence

  • Produced informational articles and other documents

Washington State Legislature — Olympia, WA
Senior Policy Counsel, Senate Caucus
Senior Research Analyst/Performance Auditor, JLARC
Committee Counsel, Senate Commitee Services
(1997 – 2014)

  • Conducted legal, fiscal, and policy research; identified issues; formulated options

  • Negotiated stakeholder agreements for legislation and implementation of policy

  • Drafted over 150 pieces of legislation including complex legislation involving

  • multi-agency coordination, federal-state interaction, budget, constitutional, and state liability issues

  • Tracked legislator and agency budget requests and priorities

  • Compared program performance to legal authority, directives, and best practices

  • Primary author on eight reports of performance audit findings and recommendations

  • Effectively provided guidance to programs to improve operations and compliance

  • Testified on legislation and policy matters

  • Briefed legislators and the Governor

  • Managed multiple, conflicting priorities in fast-paced environment

  • Built and maintained long-term relationships with stakeholders and public officials


Loyola Law School — Los Angeles, CA
J.D. 1997
Dean's Scholar, 1994 – 1997
Dean's Service Award, 1997
American Jurisprudence Award, Torts 1994
Law Review: Senior Articles Editor, 1995 – 1997

University Of Washington — Seattle, WA
B.A. Drama


Washington State, 1997
United States Supreme Court, 2015

Professional Awards

2009: Excellence in Research Methodology, National Legislative Program Evaluation Society: Comparing Costs and Characteristics of Housing Assistance Programs, JLARC Report #09-1
2004: Legislative Star Award, Washington State Association of County Clerks


2016: Regulatory Compliance: It’s the Little Things…, Tollefsen Law Blog
2015: Failure to Reconvey: Quiet Title Without a Quiet Title Action, Tollefsen Law Blog
2014: Commission’s Back Pay Award Exceeded Its Authority, Tollefsen Law Blog
2012: Microenterprise Development Program Meets Statutory Objectives But Department of Commerce Oversight is Inadequate, JLARC Report #12-1
2010: Activities Supporting Recreational Boating in Washington, JLARC Report #10-12
2009: Performance Audit of the Home Care Quality Authority, JLARC Report #09-9
2008: State Health Care Coverage Eligibility, JLARC Report # 08-8
2008: Office of Public Defense Sunset Review, JLARC Report #08-2
2007: Follow-Up: 2000 Mental Health System Performance Audit, JLARC Report #07-11
2007: Home Care Quality Authority Performance Review and Supplementary Questions, (with J. Woolley & S. Gil), JLARC Report #07-2
2006: K-12 Pupil Transportation Funding Study, (with S. Hoffman), JLARC Report #06-10
1996: The Content Shop: Toward an Economic Legal Structure for Clearing and Licensing
Multimedia Content, 30 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 215

Selected Presentations

2014: Islamically-Compliant Finance for Microenterprises, Washington State Microenterprise Association (with J. Johnson)
2011: Activities Supporting Recreational Boating, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Spring Workshop, Lexington, KY
2010: The Washington Administrative Code: Why You Care (with K. Thiessen & K. Radcliff)
2008: The Office of Public Defense Sunset Review, House Committee on the Judiciary
2007: K-12 Pupil Transportation—JLARC's Final Report and What it Means to You, Washington Association of School Business Officials Conference
2005: Washington State Sex Offender Legislation: 2005 Session Update, NCNIES Conference