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Hi, I'm a Washington native with a BA from the UW, Juris Doctor, cum laude 1990 from UPS Law, where I was an Associate Law Review Editor. AV rated, I've represented injured clients at Small, Snell, Weiss & Comfort since 1990. A frequent lecturer, I wrote for WSTLA’s Automobile Accident Litigation Deskbook and Pleadings and Practice Handbook.  2008-2009 VP/President Elect of Tacoma Pierce  County Bar Assn., trustee for the TPCBA and chair of the Lawyer/Chiro Committee, chaired WSTLA Workers Comp Section.  Currently Robert J. Bryan Inns of Court Outreach Chair.  I enjoy vintage rides and traveling with my kids.


I am a Christian lawyer who likes antique trucks, Harleys, gardening and politics.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    25 years, 500 cases
  2. Workers Compensation: 50%
    25 years, 3 thousand cases



Contingent (15-33%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Mckinley Carter

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Snell is an outstanding trial attorney. He has the skills, temperament and integrity to help both his clients and the plaintiff's bar.


    Robert Carter Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas Klusmeyer

    Over the years, I have referred potential clients to David with Labor & Industry (Workers Compensation) issues and have always been told that he did a great job for them. In addition to being a great lawyer, I know David personally and he has the utmost integrity. Obviously, he deserves my highest recommendation.


    Thomas Klusmeyer Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Small Snell Weiss & Comfort Ps

4002 Tacoma Mall Boulevard, Suite 200

Tacoma, WA, 98409-7702


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Dean's ListUPS School of Law1990
AmJur Award for Excellence in Products LiabilityAmerican Jurisprudence1989
Dean's ListUPS School of Law1989
Merit ScholarshipUPS School of Law1989
Dean's ListUPS School of Law1988
Merit ScholarshipUPS School of Law1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalSmall, Snell, Weiss & Comfort, P.S.1990 - Present
Rule 9 InternLaw Offices of Daryl Graves1990 - 1990
InternLaw Offices of Thomas Dinwiddie1988 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of CourtBarrister2010 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationSuperior Court Commission2010 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationImmediate Past President2010 - 2011
TPCBA Bar News Editor in ChiefN/A2009 - 2010
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationEditorial Board2009 - Present
Brooklake Community ChurchTreasurer2009 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2010
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationVice President2008 - 2009
Brooklake Community ChurchTrustee2006 - Present
Washington State Association for Justice, Workers' Compensation SectionChair2005 - 2006
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationChair, Workers Comp Section2004 - 2005
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationTrustee2001 - 2003
Puyallup Tribal CourtAdmitted to Practice1997 - 2002
Washington State Association for JusticeNew Member Executive Committee1997 - 1998
Lawyer - Chiropractor Liason Committee; TPCBAChair1996 - 1998
Civil Service Commission - City of FifeChair1995 - 1996
Civil Service Commission - City of FifeCommissioner1993 - 1995
Washington State Association for JusticeCLE Committee1993 - 1997
American Association for JusticeMember1991 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to Practice1990 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Law Review - University of Puget Sound School of LawAssociate Editor1988 - 1990
Washington State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tobin v Utility Vault, et al.$1.4 million several weeks after mediation
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSAJ Workers Comp DeskbookDealing With the Difficult Client2010
WSAJ Auto Accident DeskbookImproper Passing/Crossing the Center Line2010
Bar News, TPCBAMonthly President's Column2010
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersNo Agreement - Self-Insured Negotiations Finally End2007
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersChanges Loom on the Workers' Compensation Horizon 2005
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersOur State Program for Injured Workers Ranks Among Best Value in Entire Nation 2004
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersNew Member Lara Herrmann Thrives in Family Firm 2002
Pleading & Motion Practice CD HandbookContributing Author2002
WSTLA CLEScreening the Prospective Workers' Comp Client2001
Automobile Accident Litigation Deskbook - contributorImproper Passing/Crossing the Center Line2000
WSTLA CLE MaterialsSome Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Busy P.I. Practice 1999
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersOur workers' compensation system -- what's wrong: what's right 1997
Trial News Washington State Trial LawyersThree Way Workers CompN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor cum laude1990
University of WashingtonPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lincoln Day BanquetAward Presentation and Outgoing President's Speech2010
Annual Convention - LeavenworthChair, Auctioneer and Emcee2010
Lincoln Day BanquetIncoming President's Comments2009
Annual Workers Comp SeminarCo-Chair2005
Helping the Worker Through Difficult TimesCo-Chair2003
Workers Comp - Back to BasicsScreening the Prospective Workers' Comp Client2001
People's Law SchoolWorkers' Compensation and Social Security2001
People's Law SchoolInterplay - Workers' Comp, Social Security and Personal Injury1999
Annual ConventionSome Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Busy P.I. Practice — 7/9/991999
Annual Lawyer - Chiropractor SeminarChair & Speaker1998
Law Talk (public access TV)Workers' Comp and Social Security Offsets1997
LecturerHow To Minimize Your Workers' Compensation Exposure1996
Annual Lawyer - Chiropractor SeminarChair1996
Annual Workers Comp SeminarCo-Chair1994
Annual Lawyer-Chiropractor SeminarIssues Common to Lawyers and Chiropractors1989
Annual WC SeminarsWorkers' CompN/A
Annual Luvera SeminarQuality of Practice - Quality of LifeN/A