With more than fifty jury trials to my credit in more than fifteen years defending the accused against all types of felony and misdemeanor cases in federal, state and local courts, I can give you the peace of mind that comes with having a proven, battle-tested advocate in your corner.
I have dedicated my career to defending the rights of the accused. A graduate of Stanford University and a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown Law School, I chose criminal law instead of corporate law because I love the challenges of trial work and the rewards of fighting for the underdog.
I have spent most of the last decade defending against serious felony charges in King County Superior Court but I know that every case is serious to the person being accused. My approach is simple and straightforward—I will use my knowledge and experience to empower you to make the most informed, intelligent decisions possible, and I will litigate your case with creativity and tenacity.
Licensed since 2003
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I endorse this lawyer. David and I worked as opposing counsel on a number of cases when I was with the prosecutor's office. David was always a formidable opponent. He was professional, prepared, and an outstanding advocate for his clients. David commanded the respect of both prosecutors and judges with his courtroom ability and legal knowledge. Any client would be in excellent hands with David as their attorney.
Michelle Scudder Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I know David from working with him at The Defender Association and consulting with him, as a private attorney, on a complex felony case. David has an incisive legal mind and outstanding litigation skills. He is an extremely experienced trial attorney who is highly regarded by his peers. I am delighted to recommend him.
Amy Muth Child Abuse Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Order of the Coif||Georgetown University Law Center||1998|
|Principal||The Law Office of David Hammerstad||2011 - Present|
|Staff Attorney||The Defender Association||2003 - 2011|
|Staff Attorney||New Hampshire Public Defender||1998 - 2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Board of Governors||2014 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2003 - Present|
|Washington Criminal Defense||The Burglary That Wasn't||2014|
|Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal Procedure||Guilty Pleas||1995|
|Georgetown||Law||J.D., Magna Cum Laude||1998|
|Stanford University||Political Science||B.A.||1992|
|Washington Defender Association Annual Conference||Defending the He Said/She Said Domestic Violence Case||2013|
|Aggressive Defense in Washington||Pretrial Investigation||2013|
|New Issues and New Approaches in Felony Defense||Sentencing Aggravators under the SRA||2011|