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David Christopher Mason

David Christopher Mason

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Federal Crime, Domestic Violence, Sex Crime

About Me

24 years in Criminal Law, Legal Scholarship, Supervising Prosecutor in Seattle, Legal Instructor at the University of Washington, Expert Witness on American and Washington Law in a Canadian Murder Trial.


I grew up in the Los Angeles Basin, went to UCLA as an undergraduate on academic scholarship, majored in english literature, and graduated with academic honors. I attended The Southwestern School of Law on academic scholarship and attended the "SCALE" Program, an accelerated method which completes law school in less than two years in lieu of the standard three.


 


I moved to Seattle in 1991 and worked as an intern at the Seattle City Prosecutor's Office and was hired as a prosecutor that year. I rose into management and helped develop the "High Impact Offender Program,"  a specialized unit that focused  on high profile and high volume individuals in the criminal justice system. Over my eight years at the prosecutor's office, I was able to research, investigate, and prosecute a wide variety of criminal activity. I also trained prosecutors, paralegals, and law enfocement officers in investigation and evidence gathering, trial practice, the rules of evidence, and other disciplines related to criminal litigation. Throughout the HIOP Program, I gave presentations to City Council, other elected officials, and worked with groups of judges. I also sat on city roundtables to discuss economic and program impact. Throughout, I was also able to get a unique inside look into the political and economic workings that, more than evidence and law, can drive a prosecutor's office to make case decisions.   


 


I have now had my own private law practice for over a decade and focus exclusively on criminal defense. I have taught criminal Procedure and the Rules of Evidence at the University of Washington Graduate School of Nursing.  I enjoy the academic challenge of law and continue to find that good criminal defense work takes many of  the same elements that came from the prosecutors office without all the political wardrobe - good investigation, good skepticism, an excellent command of the evidence and legal rules, finding and prosecuting the true wrongdoer, and a good amount of imagination.


 


I have also come to know that the most important element in any client relationship is, once again, the same thing that drives my success with any prosecutor of judge -  trust and respect.     

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Sex Crime: 20%
  2. Domestic Violence: 20%
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  3. Federal Crime: 20%
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  4. DUI & DWI: 20%
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  5. Criminal Defense: 20%
    24 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Julie Anne Gaisford

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with David on a consulting basis and have hired him to write legal briefs. He has superior writing and editing skills. He also has analytical skills that produce great results for his clients.

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    Julie Gaisford Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Kim E Hunter

    I endorse this lawyer. Dave has a knowledge of the law and the court system that is unsurpassed. His creativity and professionalism in working with clients is superb. !! Here receives my highest endorsement.

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    Kim Hunter DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Phone

2200 112th Ave NE #120

Bellevue, WA, 98004-2951

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199107/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Level 8 Legal ContributorAVVO2015
Trial Skills CertificateKing County Bar Association2007
Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in Domestic Violence CertState Bar Association2005
Law School Academic ScholarshipSouthwestern University School of Law1989
Cum LaudeUCLA1986
Dean's List Grade AverageUniversity of California1986
Dean's Academic Honors ListUniversity of California1985
Dean's Honor ListUCLA1984
Dean's Honor ListUniversity of California, Los Angeles1983
Chancellor's Academic ScholarshipUCLA1982

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Legal Instructor Criminal ProcedureUniversity of Washington Graduate School of Nursing2007 - 2008
Legal Instructor EvidenceUniversity of Washington, Graduate School of Nursing2007 - 2008
N/ALaw Firm of David C. Mason2001 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorney Felony & MisdemeanorN. Law Firm1998 - 2001
Legal TrainerCity of Seattle Prosecutor's Office1995 - 1998
N/ASeattle Law Department High Impact Offender Program Unit Head1994 - 1996
Legal Supervisor High Impact Offender UnitSeattle Law Department1994 - 1996
ProsecutorSeattle Law Department1991 - 1998

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2002 - Present
Washington State Bar Associationmember1991 - Present
Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneysmember1991 - 1998
Southwestern Law School Alumni AssociationMember1991 - Present
UCLA Alumni AssociationMember1982 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Washington v. Christopher R. Romans 90026-4Pending
City of Seattle v. Ceferino Fernandez 59693-4-ILegal error corrected but appeal denied on other grounds
Kim V. Dean, 135 P.3d 978, 133 Wn.App 338 (2006)Trial Court and Judgment Reversed

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of WashingtonForensic NursingN/A2008
University of WashingtonForensic NursingN/A2008
University of WashingtonForensic NursingN/A2007
University of WashingtonForensic NursingN/A2007
Crown Counsel BC Regina v. Eric WalshAmerican and Washington EvidenceN/A2006
Crown Counsel Vancouver BC - MurderAmerican and Washington Criminal ProcedureN/A2006
Washington State Criminal Justice Training CommissionDomestic Violence InvestigationN/A1997
Southwestern University School of LawAccelerated Scale Program JD - Juris Doctor1991
University of California - Los AngelesBA Cum LaudeENGLISH1986

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
University of Washington Graduate School of NursingThe Rules of Evidence2009
University of Washington Graduate School of NursingCriminal Procedure2008
University of Washington Graduate School of NursingEvidence2008
Legal Instructor University of Washington Graduate School of NursingCriminal Procedure2008
University of Washington Graduate School of NursingLegal Instructor Criminal Procedure2007
University of Washington Graduate School of NursingLegal Instructor Rules of Evidence2007
Expert Witness on American and Washington Evidence and Criminal ProcedureCrown Counsel BC Regina v. Eric Walsh2007
Expert Consultation on Washington and American Evidence and Criminal ProcedureCrown Counsel Vancouver BC - Murder2006
Washington State Criminal Justice Training CenterDomestic Violence & Criminal Investigation Techniques for Law Enforcement1997
Statewide Domestic Violence ConferenceDV Prosecution for Prosecutors, Advocates, Law Enforcement1997
Washington State Criminal Justice Training CenterDomestic Violence & Criminal Investigation Techniques for Law Enforcement1996
Washington Association of Prosecuting AttorneysPublic Records Access1995
WAPA ConferenceSelf Defense1995
Seattle City CouncilHigh Impact Offender Program Presentation1995