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David Alan Nelson

David Alan Nelson

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

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

Licensed since 1986

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    30 years



Free Consultation (45 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Katti Telstad Esp

    I endorse David Nelson as a criminal defense attorney. David works diligently for his clients. He knows criminal law not just from the criminal defense aspect but also as a prosecutor and judge pro tem.


    Katti Esp Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey Alan Lustick

    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

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