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Mr. Jones graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1985, where he was a member of the men's rowing team. He received his Masters  from the University of San Francisco (USF) in 1988.  He attended Whittier College, McCullom School of Law receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1993 and was admitted to the California Sate Bar that same year.


Mr. Jones’ background includes: twelve years as a Deputy District Attorney with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office and several years as a civil litigation associate.  He is also an Adjunct Professor for the State Center Community College District, Fresno Police Academy.


Mr. Jones is a  Partner with Wapner, Jones & Wasson practicing in the areas of DUI and Criminal Defense.   


He is a litigator with significant trial experience having conducted in excess of 75 trials.  He has experience in personal injury cases including: car, truck and motorcycle accidents; wrongful death; medical malpractice; dog bites; and premise liability.  He also has trial experience in all types of criminal cases including: homicide; drug sales and possession; kidnapping; rape; assault; gangs; theft; fraud and; driving under the influence; to name a few.  


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    22 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
    22 years
  3. Federal Crime: 5%
    22 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Jonathan Eaton Rooker

    I've watched Dave operate in Madera, Kings, Fresno, and Tulare County and he has conducted himself very well.


    Jonathan Rooker DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William Andrew Parry

    I endorse this lawyer.


    William Parry Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Wapner, Jones & Wasson

401 W. Fallbrook, Suite 201
Fresno, CA, 93711



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with actual suspension
    issued in CA, 2010


    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    David’s comment: “This issue arose in 2008 out of a personal matter which did not involve the practice of law and does not reflect upon my experience and professionalism.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
"10 Best" Attorneys for California for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Accredited BusinessBBB2015
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaThe Legal Network2014
Accredited BusinessBBB2014
Top Lawyers In CaliforniaThe Legal Network2014
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Founding memberDUI Defense Lawyers Assoc.2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Accredited BusinessBBB2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaThe Legal Network2013
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWapner, Jones & Wasson2012 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorState Center Community College District Police Academy2000 - Present
Managing PartnerSawl, Taleisnik & Jones2008 - 2012
Deputy District AttorneyFresno County District Attorney's Office1996 - 2008
AssociateLaw Firm of Thomas M. Giovacchini1994 - 1996
AttorneySouthern California Joint Powers Insurance Authority1990 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2012 - Present
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2010 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Vehicle Theft & DUI - DismissedDismissed
Possession of Concealed Firearm - AcquittalNot-guilty, Acquittal
.43/.44 DUI case - DismissedDismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of San FranciscoPublic AffairsN/A1988
University of Southern CaliforniaPublic AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
California District Attorneys AssociationPublic Assistance Fraud2007
United States and Canada, United Counsel on Welfare Fraud (UCOWF)Fraud2004
Central California Community Action Partnership Program Assistants (CAPPA)Welfare Fraud2004