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About Me

Olympia Consumer Law Principal and Founder Selina A. Davis is passionate about consumer justice. That passion, plus her unique combination of experience and expertise in the fields of law, economics, consumer protection, and public affairs make her unusually qualified to be an exceptional advocate for you and your family. 

 


A Northwest native, Ms. Davis grew up primarily in Idaho and Washington, with the longest periods in rural Kamiah, Idaho (a logging town on the Nez Perce Reservation) and in Seattle's Central District (pre-gentrification.)  She spent much of her youth in poverty, moving frequently and experiencing the uncertainty, stress, disruption, creditor harassment, and even recurring homelessness that can happen to families in financial distress. 


 


Because of these experiences, Ms. Davis offers sensitivity,  genuine empathy, and a dogged determination to get just results for her clients.  She is driven to ensure that all consumers are treated with dignity.  Her clients can expect to feel respected, heard, and supported in determining what legal goals are both consistent with their values and in their families’ best economic interests, and vigorously represented in pursuing those goals.


 


Ms. Davis graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle with a National Merit Scholarship and the University of Redlands with a BA in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa.  She was a Research Intern at the National Economic Council at the White House, then spent two years on appointment as a Teaching Assistant and Economics graduate student at Washington State University.  Ms. Davis earned her law degree at the University of Washington, where she participated in and helped lead a variety of professional organizations and served as a commencement speaker.


 


Over the years, Ms. Davis has spent numerous years in various roles in politics, government, and public affairs.  She has served in all three branches of the federal government, externed with the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection Division in Seattle, served in numerous volunteer leadership positions, worked under three judges, and provided a few hundred families with free civil legal services at Idaho Legal Aid Services, primarily in housing, consumer, tribal court, and disability cases. 


 


While at Legal Aid, Ms. Davis noticed the rapidly-growing need for bankruptcy and debt collection defense attorneys.  She decided to create a business model for a small private law firm that could provide such services efficiently and affordably, while partnering with larger consumer litigation firms when good cases for affirmative litigation arise.  Olympia Consumer Law is the result of those research and development efforts.


 


Ms. Davis is licensed to practice law in Washington, Idaho (currently inactive), before the US District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts in Western Washington and Idaho, and before the Nez Perce Tribal Court.  In her personal time, she enjoys games and adventures with her young daughter, singing R&B and gospel, being an active citizen, reading non-fiction, marginal attempts at comedy writing, participating in her church, and hiking.

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Practice Areas

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 70%
    8 years, 60 cases
  2. Litigation: 30%
    8 years, 52 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($60-220/hour), Contingent (10-30%), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

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Contact Info

Olympia Consumer Law

1505 12th Ave SW
Olympia, WA, 98502

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
IDResigned200707/14/2015
WASuspended - Discipline200607/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in WA, 2014

    updated

    This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2006
National Lawyer's Chapter of the YearAmerican Constitution Society2006
National Law School Chapter of the YearAmerican Constitution Society2005
Award for Excellence in Legal Research & WritingCALI2003
Woman of the YearYoung Democrats of Washington2001
MemberPhi Beta Kappa1996
National Merit ScholarshipNational Merit Foundation1991

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalOlympia Consumer Law2010 - Present
Staff AttorneyIdaho Legal Aid Services, Inc.2007 - 2009
Law Clerk/Bailiff to Judge Carol SchapiraKing County Superior Court2005 - 2007
Legal InternFederal Trade Commission - Seattle Office2004 - 2004
Legislative Fellow to Sen. Maria CantwellUnited States Senate, Washington, DC2004 - 2004
Legal Intern to Justice Mary FairhurstWashington State Supreme Court2004 - 2004
Summer Law Clerk to Chief Judge B. Lynn WinmillUnited States District Court for the District of Idaho2003 - 2003
Session Research AnalystWashington State Senate2002 - 2002
Teaching Assistant in Economics (Micro, Macro, & Labor)Washington State University1998 - 2000
Research InternNational Economic Council, The White House, Washington DC1996 - 1996

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Olympia Film SocietyLegal Advisory Committee Member2011 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2010 - Present
Idaho State Bar, Diversity SectionCouncil Member2008 - 2010
2nd District Bar AssociationCitizens' Law Academy Planning Committee Member2008 - 2009
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Puget Sound Lawyer chapter)Co-Founder, Steering Committee Member2004 - 2007
William L. Dwyer American Inn of CourtMember2004 - 2007
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionLaw Student Trustee, Board of Trustees2003 - 2004
American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice SectionLaw Student Liaison, Section Council member (non-voting)2003 - 2005
American Constitution Society (University of Washington Chapter)Co-Founder, Vice-President, President2002 - 2005
Young Democrats of WashingtonPresident, Executive VP, Eastern Region VP1998 - 2002
Telluride AssociationMember, Interview Committees, Summer Associate (Cornell)1990 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
UW Student Bar AssociationLaw Student's Guide to Involvement in the Bar2004

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Washington State UniversityEconomicsTwo years toward graduate degree2000
University of RedlandsEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
National University of Irelandstudy abroad emphasizing international economics and politicsn/a1994

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services CLEConsumer Advocacy: Defense, Offense, and Disarming the Opposition2011
North Idaho Fair Housing Training ConferenceFair Housing Basics2009
2nd District Citizens' Law AcademyLandlord-Tenant Law2009
U of I Landlord-Tenant Law Clinic TrainingLandlord-Tenant Law (3 hours)2008
U of I Landlord-Tenant Clinic Law Student TrainingLandlord-Tenant Law (3 hours)2008
North Central Idaho Housing RoundtableHUD Limited English Proficiency Compliance2008