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About Me

I'm an Oregon attorney emphasizing criminal and DUII defense in the Portland metropolitan area.  I have worked in criminal law for most of my 23 years as a lawyer including five years as a Mulnomah County prosecutor and three years as the lead lawyer to the Portland Police Bureau.  I have spent the past 11 years representing men and women facing criminal charges in Oregon.


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Practice Areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 48%
    18 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 47%
    18 years, 400 cases
  3. Sex Crime: 5%



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • William Chad Stavley

    I endorse this lawyer. Dave is an excellent lawyer and a great guy. I had cases against him years ago when I was a prosecutor and he did an excellent job for his clients. I would absolutely refer a family member or friend to David Lesh.


    William Stavley Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Craig Matthew Hopkins

    A slilled, professional, tough but compassionate attorney. Dave mentored me when i didnt even know how to get to the courthouse. His success rate in trial is phenomenal. His experience as a former prosecutor is an invaluable asset. I can't endorse this lawyer highly enough. THE go-to criminal defense lawyer in Oregon.


    Craig Hopkins Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Male Volunteer of the YearNational Association of Police Athletic Leagues2003
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of David Lesh2002 - Present
Deputy City AttorneyOffice Of The City Attorney, Portland, Or1998 - 2002
Deputy District AttorneyMultnomah County District Attorney's Office1993 - 1998
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States District Court1990 - 1993
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Portland Police Retirement CommitteeChair2011 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Ben RDismissed shortly before trial.
State v. Nicole MDismissed pursuant to civil compromise.
State v. Forrest M.Defendant allowed to plead to a possession charge which is eligible for expungement in three years.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Sheriff MagazineReducing Civil Liability Related to High Speed Pursuits2003
The Law Enforcement TrainerThe Duty to Warn2003
Public Risk MagazineReducing Liability from Pursuit-Related Collisions2002
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of OregonFinanceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Law Enforcement TrainingUse of Force including Deadly Force and Less Lethal2004