Jim received his B.A. with distinction in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1980, an M.A. in Political Science from UW in 1982, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1986.
After passing the Washington State Bar, Jim served as an associate in a Seattle labor law firm and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Since leaving the Prosecutor’s Office in 1990, Jim has represented law enforcement labor organizations throughout the state.
He has participated in hundreds of cases at every level of state and federal court and various administrative and arbitration tribunals. He has made over 35 appellate oral arguments between his appearances at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington State Supreme Court and the Washington Court of Appeals. He has been involved in the negotiation of nearly 300 labor contracts. He has provided counsel in about 160 officer-involved shooting incidents. He has participated in 19 Washington State interest arbitration proceedings.
Jim is a frequent speaker and the author of numerous articles and two books: The Rights of Washington Public Safety Employees: Member’s Manual and The Rights of Washington Public Safety Employees: Representative’s Manual. He is currently planning and developing a number of other public safety labor law books, including a soon to be released book concerning the representation of injured public safety personnel.
Dan graduated from Seattle University in 1992 with a Degree in Marketing and earned a position in the National Jesuit Honor Society. Dan attended the University of Oregon Law School, graduating in 1996.
After graduating from Oregon Law School, Dan served as a law clerk for federal judge in Portland from 1996 to 1999. Dan served from 1999 to 2005 as a Washington County Deputy District Attorney, prosecuting more than 60 jury trials and numerous court trials. Honing skills that would later translate to his litigation and SIU practice, Dan specialized in the prosecution of large-scale identity theft and fraud crimes. Before founding Thenell Law Group, Dan spent six years as a partner with a large litigation defense firm. Before that, Dan represented cities and counties in civil rights and employment cases.
Dan formed the Thenell Law Group in 2012. The Thenell Law Group conducts an extensive civil litigation practice, including insurance fraud litigation. Dan and his Firm are also extensively involved in Law Enforcement and Labor organization representation, serving as General Counsel to both the Washington and Oregon Fraternal Order of Police.
Dan joined Cline and Associates in an “Of Counsel” capacity in May 2023. Dan and Jim undertook the collaborative effort to serve as “Of Counsel” to each other’s firms. This collaboration enables the Firms to work together on behalf of their Northwest labor clients, sharing information and expertise.
Since entering civil practice in 2005, Dan has been lead trial counsel in over 30 trials, including in the federal judicial districts of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Jim and Dan are committed to expanding their collaboration in the months and years ahead. They share a common passion for public safety employee representation and are committed to developing a powerful team to provide labor and discipline representation across the Northwest.
Dan primary interest in his free time is spending time with his family and cooking.
Kate received her B.A. in Political Science from Fairfield University in 1983 and her J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 1987.
After graduation from law school, Kate was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She practiced several years at the Northwestern Legal Center where she was involved in a variety of civil litigation.
Kate has contributed to the Cline law practice since 1995. Kate’s responsibilities include legal research and writing, litigation and preparation of statistical analysis reports for labor negotiations and interest arbitration. She is responsible for digesting and summarizing more than a 1000 labor contracts within the Cline and Associates database. She has prepared the Master Brief that is the proprietary Cline & Associates brief used to develop interest arbitration arguments. She has testified a number of times about her database reports and is likely the most knowledgeable person in the state on the contents of public safety labor contracts.
After working for more than a decade as a litigator and corporate counsel in the transportation industry Cynthia joined Cline and Associates in 2012 and worked for a few years in King County government before rejoining in 2017. She brings her extensive trial and labor and employment experience in that field to serve as a senior litigator in an “Of Counsel” role at Cline and Associates.
Cynthia graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1995 and then moved to Washington, D.C to work, including an internship with Senator Patty Murray. While in Washington D.C she earned a Master Degree in Public Policy at the American University. She attended the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, earning her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2000. While at the Sturm College of Law, she served as a General Editor and writer for the Transportation Law Journal.
Early in her career she worked at a Washington D.C. law firm specializing in transportation regulation. She served 3 years as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Transportation prosecuting transportation law violators. She then moved into corporate counsel positions which provided her extensive experience in labor and employment issues in the transportation industry.
Tony graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science He also lettered in Football, playing Linebacker for PLU. He then attended the University of Washington Law School and received Honors before graduating in May 2014. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk at Cline and Associates.
Upon graduation, Tony decided to relocate to California where he practiced labor law for several years. He worked in house for various unions before moving to Beeson, Tayer & Bodine.
Tony made a major career change in 2021, returning to the Northwest and launching a career as a firefighter with the Pierce County Fire District. He did not abandon his interest in law. Cline and Associates is fortunate to have Tony’s service as a consultant and part time litigator. Tony brings his extensive labor law experience and practical experience to assist Cline and Associates public safety clients in a variety of roles.
Abby graduated from Montana State University in 2020 with a B.S. in Sociology and a B.A. in English, graduating with Highest Honors. She enrolled in Gonzaga Law School in 2022 and is now a third-year law student.
Throughout both college and law school, Abby has worked for law firms in both Montana and Washington, gaining experience in various areas of law. At Gonzaga, Abby has served on the board of several student clubs. During her second year of law school, she also worked as a research assistant for one of the professors on campus, aiding in legal research and writing which specialized in antitrust and health law.
Abby started with Cline and Associates as a law clerk in the Summer of 2023. She provides a variety of services to the firm including legal research, blog writing and developing case summaries for the Firm’s Premium Website.