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With 15 years of professional experience practicing law, I serve clients ranging from sole business owners to business that have over 1500 employees. Regardless of the size of the business, all clients are served with a premium on responsiveness and attention to detail. The interests of clients always comes first.

In practicing with large and small law firms, an employer association, and as a lawyer in the public interest, I possess significant experience in employment and labor law as well as business, commercial and technology transactions. I negotiate, draft and close complex transactions -- business acquisitions, commercial real property purchases and sales, business loans, commercial loans, commercial leases, and a diverse array of employment-related agreements -- and provide business, commmercial and employment law advice to small and large businesses. I perform sensitive workplace investigations and provide thorough fact-finding to employers so that they can implement prompt action to resolve workplace claims and disputes. I conduct training and present legal updates for audiences numbering one to 300 attendees, comprising rank and file employees to C-level executives.

Legal service is not a “one size fits all” proposition. What may be a good solution for one organization may not be ideal for another. Exceptional client service requires a solid understanding of the business and legal objectives for each client, so that a customized solution can be developed. Moreover, solutions need to be developed and presented in a timely manner, as often time is a critical factor.

Employment Law (advice, counsel, representation, investigations), Labor Law (management-side collective bargaining and other traditional labor matters);
Commercial and Technology Transactions;
Real Estate Transactions





Legal service is not a “one size fits all” proposition.  What may be a good solution for one client may not be ideal for another client. Exceptional client service requires a solid understanding of the business and legal objectives for each client, so that a customized solution can be developed.  Moreover, solutions need to be developed and presented in a timely manner, as often time is a critical factor.


Practice areas

  1. Employment & Labor: 67%
    16 years
  2. Commercial: 33%
    9 years

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  • Michael S. Deleo

    I endorse this lawyer. David is an exceptional attorney, counselor, and when necessary, a skilled advocate for his clients. He is knowledgeable, responsive, and well regarded by his peers for his proficiency handling employment issues, commercial transactions, and business entity related matters.


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Contact info

15703 NE 54th Way
Redmond, WA, 98052


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Staff CounselWashington Employers2012 - Present
AttorneyPeterson Russell Kelly PLLC2006 - 2011
CounselWashington State House of Representatives2005 - 2006
AttorneyDavis Wright Tremaine LLP2004 - 2005
AttorneySnohomish County Public Defender Association2003 - 2004
AttorneyDavis Wright Tremaine LLP1998 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Redmond West Little LeagueBoard Member and Officer2008 - Present
Bellevue Family YMCABoard of Managers2007 - 2011
King County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2004
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonN/A2000 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonN/A1999 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1998 - 2003
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bargaining Adverse to Teamsters Local 690Decertification of Union
In re Jamie McKenzie (Teamsters Local 117 v. Alaskan Copper Works)Discharge for just cause UPHELD. 100% win for employer.
In re W.M.ESD determination SET ASIDE; claimant disqualified from receiving benefits due to discharge for misconduct. 100% win for employer.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 36, p. 431Recent Developments in Media Law and Defamation Torts (co-author)2001
Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Vol. 35, p. 455Recent Developments in Media Law and Defamation Torts (co-author)2000
Washington Law Review, 72 Wash. L. Rev. 567Comment, A Matter of Life and Death: Revising the Harmless Error Standard for Habeas Corpus Proceedings1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
New York UniversityN/AB.F.A.1989
Boston CollegeN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
OSH Monthly LuncheonBest Practices for Leak-Proof Drug & Alcohol Screening2013
Learning & Development SeriesEmployment Law Update2013
Eastern Washington Roundtable - Summer 2013The Affordable Care Act: What Employers Need to Know2013
Compliance & Practice SeminarPre-Employment Screening2013
20th Annual College of Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral StudiesPre-Employment Screening2013
Washington Employers Human Resource Management Training & DevelopmentLaws of Access and Privacy in the Workplace2012
Space Needle Manager TrainingLabor "TIPS" for Managers2012
Quarterly Breakfast RoundtableHealth Care Reform Briefing2012
Legal RoundtableConducting Effective Internal Investigations2012
Learning & Development SeriesEmployment Law Update2012
Eastern Washington Roundtable - Autumn 2012Independent Contractor Update2012
EKCBA Business Section LuncheonEmployment Policies and Social Media: A Brave New World2011
Real Estate Transactions Made Painless & EfficientSolid Real Estate Financing Strategies2008
National Business Institute Employment Law CLEAvoiding Employee Termination Lawsuits2005
DWT Annual Employment Law SeminarEvent Chair2005
Council on Education in ManagementMinimizing Risk and Avoiding Liability When Terminating Employees2004