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.
Licensed since 1986
Free Consultation (45 minutes)
I have had the pleasure of knowing David Nelson for six years now. He has been a constant mentor to me and a leader in our local bar. He has served as President of the Whatcom County Bar Association and volunteers his time in the community. Dave is highly honest, fair, kind, and compassionate. He is good humored and easy for both clients and colleagues to work with. I really, really respect Dave and give him my highest recommendation.
Jeffrey Lustick Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Champions of Justice, Pro Bono Direct Representaiton Award||Whatcom County Bar Association||2008|
|Champions of Justice, Pro Bono Direct Representaiton Award||Whatcom County Bar Association||2005|
|Attorney||Law Office of David A. Nelson, P.S.||2006 - Present|
|Pro Tem Judge||Bellingham Municipal Court||2005 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Nelson, Brinson, Thigpen & Fryer, P.S||2001 - 2006|
|Managning Partner||Nelson, Brinson & Elich, P.S.||1993 - 2000|
|Partner||Nelson & Brinson, P.S.||1991 - 1992|
|Senior Deputy Public Defender||Whatcom County Public Defender's Office||1986 - 1991|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Whatcom County Bar Association||President||2001 - 2002|
|Whatcom County Bar Association||Vice-President||2000 - 2001|
|Whatcom County Bar Association||WCBA News Letter Editorial Board||2000 - Present|
|Federal Bar, Washington State||Member||1988 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Whatcom County Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|National Criminal Defense College||N/A||N/A||1988|
|University of Puget Sound School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||1986|
|Pacific Lutheran University||History||B.A. History / Political Science||1983|
|CASA In-House Training||Court Room Testimony and Tactics||2010|
|Considering Content in Domestic Violence Cases, Forum for Defense and Prosecution||Domestic Violence Defense and Prosecution||2009|
|Second Annual DWI Legal Education Seminar||DUI Defense||1995|
|Whatcom Bar Assoc. Driving While Intoxicated CLE||DUI Defense||1994|