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Clients appreciate David’s ability to find creative solutions and to help guide them through adversarial legal proceedings with a keen eye on the ultimate goals of the client. He’s experienced in all areas of commercial litigation, but he believes that litigation is a tool, not a goal, and that problems can often be resolved by means other than handing a matter to a third party for a decision.  

David has successfully resolved hundreds of matters through negotiation, discovery, motions and trial or arbitration. Each case is unique and each client’s goals inform how a matter is handled. He has helped clients in cases involving purchases and sales of businesses and their assets, fiduciary duties of corporate actors, lender liability, breach of contract, real estate disputes, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), employment, antitrust, and personal injury and product liability. David also speaks and advises on issues pertaining to legal ethics, the attorney-client privilege, and work product doctrine. 

David has litigated many cases involving foreign clients or adversaries and has conducted deposition discovery overseas. He has extensive experience in matters relating to maritime law and litigation, including maritime mortgage and lien foreclosures, personal injury litigation, oil spill litigation, maritime contract cases, ship repair litigation and salvage matters.

Professional Activities

  • Federal Bar Association, Admiralty Law Section, Member
  • Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle Office
    • Managing Director
    • Executive Committee, 2004-2006 and 2013-2019

Community Activities

  • Sammamish Little League, Vice President and Counsel, 2002-2005
  • Skyline Lacrosse Club
    • Board Member, 2008-2011
    • President, 2009-2011 



News & Insights


  • Washington, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1986


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, with honors, 1983
  • B.A., University of California Berkeley, with distinction, 1980

Honors & Recognition

  • Top Lawyer for Banking, Seattle Met magazine, 2010
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
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