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About Me

      David Nelson has been practicing criminal law for 28 years in Whatcom County. He  handles DUI cases, Domestic Violence cases (all types of misdemeanor matters), Sex Offenses, all Felony charges and Murder cases.


     In September 2013 Dave and his defense team successfully resolved a murder case by having the charges totally dismissed.


      Dave has taught legal education courses to fellow attorneys in the area of criminal law and domestic violence.  


      Dave is a former Whatcom County Bar President.  He has served on local charity boards as a board memeber and President.


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    30 years



Free Consultation (45 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

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    I strongly endorse David Nelson. As an immigration attorney, I often have clients for whom the outcome of a criminal prosecution will have consequences far beyond those of the normal criminal defendant, both for themselves and for their families. In a number of cases, I have referred such clients to Dave. Without fail he has devoted more than enough time to meet with the client and with me as the immigration counsel, in order to thoroughly understand the situation and then move forward to achieve, in my experience, extraordinary outcomes. Dave is particularly effective because his long experience and integrity make him capable of working well with prosecuting attorneys in order to achieve cooperative resolutions.


    Russell Pritchett Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

301 Prospect St
Bellingham, WA, 98225-4001



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Champions of Justice, Pro Bono Direct Representaiton AwardWhatcom County Bar Association2008
Champions of Justice, Pro Bono Direct Representaiton AwardWhatcom County Bar Association2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of David A. Nelson, P.S.2006 - Present
Pro Tem JudgeBellingham Municipal Court2005 - Present
Managing PartnerNelson, Brinson, Thigpen & Fryer, P.S2001 - 2006
Managning PartnerNelson, Brinson & Elich, P.S.1993 - 2000
PartnerNelson & Brinson, P.S.1991 - 1992
Senior Deputy Public DefenderWhatcom County Public Defender's Office1986 - 1991
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Whatcom County Bar AssociationPresident2001 - 2002
Whatcom County Bar AssociationVice-President2000 - 2001
Whatcom County Bar AssociationWCBA News Letter Editorial Board2000 - Present
Federal Bar, Washington StateMember1988 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Whatcom County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Criminal Defense CollegeN/AN/A1988
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJuris Doctor1986
Pacific Lutheran UniversityHistoryB.A. History / Political Science1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CASA In-House TrainingCourt Room Testimony and Tactics2010
Considering Content in Domestic Violence Cases, Forum for Defense and ProsecutionDomestic Violence Defense and Prosecution2009
Second Annual DWI Legal Education SeminarDUI Defense1995
Whatcom Bar Assoc. Driving While Intoxicated CLEDUI Defense1994