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David Clay Ryder

Litigation Attorney at Edmonds, WA

5.0   22 reviews

also known as David C. Ryder

About David

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Civil litigation and creative dispute resolution for Puget Sound Energy and other corporate/individual clients involving money disputes.

    44 years

  2. Personal injury
    Representation of plaintiffs with significant bodily injury in motor vehicle accident cases, pedestrian accident cases, falls, and insurance disputes.

    41 years

  3. General practice
    Practical and experienced litigation/consultation to businesses - both large and small.

    41 years

  4. Criminal defense
    Practice limited to misdemeanor defense only, including DUI, Marijuana, Assault 4, MIP/MIC, and major traffic offenses.

    41 years

I am a solution-oriented attorney in my 34th year of practice.  I balance my practice between work for a large corporate client (Puget Sound Energy) and individuals who are in need of counsel for their personal injury and criminal misdemeanor issues.  As a sole practitioner, I can be an option for those who prefer high quality, personalized service. 

I am Ivy League educated (Brown University, 1977) and I attended the University of Washington Law School (Class of 1981).  I have been in sole practice since 1983.  For the first 20 years of my practice, I was located in downtown Seattle.  In 2001, I relocated my office to downtown Edmonds.  

Most of my clients are referrals from other satisfied clients and attorneys who trust me.  I am accessible (I return all calls in the same day). My fee (whether a retainer, contingent fee, or hourly fee) is discussed openly and honestly from the outset.  

If you find yourself in need of counsel, please feel free call or email my office.  I am direct regarding my availability.  If I am unable to take your case, I have a few referrals that may work for you.  

Licensed for 41 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 05/19/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Offices of David C. Ryder, P.S.
100 2nd Ave. S.
Suite 210
Edmonds, WA, 98020-3590


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Posted by Dylan | May 23, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
It's like someone else previously mentioned, from the very 1st phone call, David made me feel comfortable and less stressed about the entire case. Very thorough job and communication is top priority when it comes to Ryder.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best DUI Defense Attorney
I met with several defense attorneys from an online search after being charged with a DUI, all of which were qualified and personable. But David was referred to me through a family attorney and I immediately knew once meeting with him that he would be the best fit to represent me. He instilled the most confidence in me, gave me an honest expectation for the outcome, and eased my mind regarding this case so that I could go about my daily life in between the legal proceedings. Between David and his legal partner Nat we were able to win my DOL case, and reduce the DUI charge to Negligent Driving in the 2nd Degree with no jail time and only 1 day of work crew. Even better, the Negligent Driving charge was given a deferred sentencing and after 2 years of compliance with the court's requests, the pending charges will be dismissed. David provided me with exceptional legal representation, won me an outcome that far exceeded my expectations, and assured me throughout the process that all legal defense actions were being taken so that I could continue to be productive and live my normal life. Thanks to David I not only have a record in good-standing, but I have hope and access to the future I dream and work towards daily.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever!
David Ryder was hands down one of the best lawyers anybody can ask for. He is professional and experienced, and was recommended to me when I had to deal with my legal case. I was so nervous and worried, but after talking to him during our initial meeting, he made me feel at ease. He didn't sugar coat anything, but he really did make me put my 100% trust in him, and I'm so glad I did. I'm so glad to have chose him because he gave me the best possible outcome in my case!
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Posted by Paul | June 7, 2016
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Top Notch Lawyer
From my first phone call with, David, he made me feel at ease and in capable hands. He was very patient and understood how to explain things in a way you can easily understand. He breaks it down to the 101 level. His experience and working knowledge of the local courts and jurisdictions was instrumental in resolving my case with a favorable outcome. He concisely laid out a plan of action for me that was tailored to the local jurisdictions and courts based on his previous experience. He knows the prosectors, how they operate, and uses this knowledge to his advantage (and yours). When I had questions, and I had more than a typical client typically does, he was extremely good at getting back to me in a timely manner. Always within the same day and usually within an hour or two at the very most, even on weekends. Bottomline, David is knowledgable of the local areas, he is extremely transparent with you, easily accessible, gets results you want, and is all-around great guy.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2016
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Expert attorney
Very helpful in handling my legal case. Felt handled with dignity and grace with a difficult situation. Mr Ryder has excellent communication skills and knows the law. Would highly recommend him.
Posted by John Sievertson | September 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
David is a great lawyer and made me feel very comfortable throughout the process. He's very down to earth and someone that I could talk to. He was very patient when I needed him to the paint the picture of my circumstances and my options. I made a lot of phone calls to different attorneys and I'm glad I chose him.
Posted by Steve | May 30, 2015
Excellent, Experienced, Caring Attorney
I was facing a serious gross misdemeanor criminal traffic charge, jail time/fines/community service. David took time to understand how I felt about the case and what I would like to see happen and that was be proactive, be honest, and take responsibility for what occurred. The personal touch that David demonstrated in caring about me the person as well as a plan to resolve the case, earned my trust the first day. Based on the those first few hours, which are crucial in finding an attorney I wanted to represent me, David came up with a good plan to accomplish the 3 areas. David handled police statements, insurance company inquiries, and the prosecutor's office with top notch professionalism. David set periodic checkpoints from the day he took on my case to the time it was resolved, never missed a beat. During these checkpoints, David also showed a concern for my well being every time he called. For someone who has never been in this position before and never plan to again, David brings a welcome level-headedness and a calming demeanor. The case went for 5 months, I didn't sleep well some nights, David really helped me get through, he genuinely cared. The result of the case was a reduction in the charge to a simple misdemeanor, some fines, and 1 year probation(just don't get convicted of another crime in a year), no community service, and no jail time. I really feel that David's understanding of how I wanted to proceed along with his highly proactive game plan and presentation of the case in court, resulted in how the judge decided accountability. I highly recommend David, he is an excellent communicator, gest to the heart of the matter quickly, and works with hard with you on your behalf with how you want to proceed. David is as an awesome attorney to have in your corner.
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2014
Like a good friend
Mr. Ryder's help was a Godsend. He turned what would have been my second DUI offense into a Neg 1. He was just as concerned with my case as he was with me maintaining sobriety. He treated me like a good friend and not just a client.
Posted by Glenn | December 12, 2014
Wonderful person, adviser and Law expert
There are good times and bad times in life. It is very hard to keep or find in others the high values of humanity, kindness, understanding and compassion through it all. David Ryder is one such person who helped me and my family cope with a trying situation. His law expertise is exemplary. He came highly recommended by a fellow, well-respected Attorney. But, his demeanor, his approach was what stood out the most. We had spent several sleepless nights and talked to many (over 20) lawyers before we met Mr Ryder - and when he met him, we knew right away that everything would turn out fine. There was no question in our minds that we were very well represented. We trusted his advise completely. He explained the legal aspects clearly and simply and was able to logically break down every situation to help us arrive at the correct decision - that was both right and felt right. I find it refreshing to have met a genuine human in a profession that can appear to be rather cold. After having talked to many lawyers and many people who have hired lawyers before, I will say this - we found the best lawyer in town!! Thank you Mr Ryder.
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Posted by Padma | July 16, 2014
Strongly recommending - very dependable Lawyer
David was a dependable, awesome and trustworthy. I would recommend David to any of my friends if they are in need. David was recommended by a friend whose friend is an attorney as well. We went to David after a DUI arrest that led us to a DUI criminal case in the court as well as a DOL hearing for the same. Throughout the process, David kept us informed about the happenings on time proactively even when we did not ask him at times. David was very friendly and accommodating during our personal visits and did not mind to spend extra time when we needed even at after office late hours. David was very knowledgeable in DOL hearing and with his experience, he was able to ask for canceling the case and it was successful. We were very happy with David's approach in the criminal case as well. David was able to explain the circumstances and got a reduced conviction. Glad we took friend's recommendation and went with David. Thank you David!
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Posted by Sherri | June 7, 2014
David Ryder is an excellent attorney.
I can honestly rate David as excellent in all categories. He was responsive to calls and emails, kept us informed as to scheduling, and explained his legal advice clearly. I would hire him again without reservation.
Posted by Craig | April 9, 2014
Exceeded our expectations
My son was facing multiple charges, meaning jail time, excessive fines, and a serious black mark on his record. David's handling of the case was extraordinary, but it didn't stop there. He put in the extra hours to help our family through the process, handling many panicked calls from me and my wife. He not only helped my son by reducing several serious charges, but he also counseled him through the process every step of the way. He told my son he could call him anytime, if he ever felt the urge to smoke, drink, or simply wanted to talk. In our opinion he performed a minor miracle. He's professional, responsive, and it's obvious he loves his work and truly cares about the people he represents. He was there for us, before and after the court date. A job well done and we are forever grateful!
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Posted by Lindsey | November 6, 2013
Whole Heartedly Recommended
I cannot recommend David Ryder strongly enough. After finding myself in a dreadful situation and in, what to me was, a nightmare lawsuit I met with many attorneys. They were cold, impersonal, judgmental and just plain awful. David was exactly the opposite of all of my other experiences. I felt listened to, cared about and BELIEVED. During a legal process that was very confusing to me I never had to worry because David gave me a strong sense of confidence. He was positive and knowledgeable. He was in my corner fighting hard for me the whole time. Finding an attorney for the first time is a huge challenge - where do you begin? If you've found yourself in need of an attorney and reading this then you found an awesome place to stop searching: David Ryder is absolutely the attorney for you.
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Posted by Christopher | November 5, 2013
David will meet your expectations and more!!
David was highly recomended to me after serious car accident. Looking back being told to hire David was some of the best advice I've ever received period! Not only were my expectations met but they were exceeded. David kept me updated and involved through out my case. He always returned phone calls and often within minutes.
Posted by Matt | November 4, 2013
Professional and courteous
David represented me in last month in my first (and hopefully only) appearance in court; he really took his time to go through and explain everything that was happening, and made me feel comfortable as possible in the courtroom.
Posted by Michael | October 31, 2013
Trust Is Key
Trust. That is the key word I use in hiring an attorney, to protect my livelihood. Mr. Ryder has the innate ability to see the legal matter before him in an objective, and subjective way. He is cognizant of recent rulings, and more important, realistic in his assessment of my probable success in the legal proceeding. He is a very strong negotiator, and has the ability to keep opposing counsel in check, or retreat. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Mo | October 30, 2013
Came to My Rescue
I was involved in a personal injury suit about two and a half years ago. I didn't know what I was going to do. I talked to a few people in my circle, and there was one person who was involved in a personal injury case and suggested that I give David Ryder a call. I was nervous, like most people, especially when it comes to lawyers. I remember my first meeting with him, because he came to meet me, which I thought was really cool. At the end of our first meeting I remember him saying to me that he doesn't usually take on my type of case but he saw something in it and took my case. Throughout the entire process David was honest, professional, kept me informed and updated me in a timely manner on the progress of my case. I was extremely pleased with the outcome of my case and would recommend him.
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Posted by Zack | October 29, 2013
Made me feel like a VIP in the courtroom
After getting pulled over in Edmonds for smoking marijuana and driving, I gave David a call. Not truly knowing the ins and outs of the legality after I-502 I really did not know what I was up against. Having a knowledgeable, trustworthy, experienced lawyer made all the difference. Being 18 at the time i thought that the worst was coming my way, with a THC content of 28 ng/l I was almost 6 times the legal limit. I got pulled over in march 2013 just a little bit after the new laws went into effect. He got me a deal with the city of Edmonds that if i do not violate my probation i can get out of this with a minor dui (glorified MIP) no sr22 insurance! He got me a grand slam of a deal. As more and more people get pulled over for green DUI's the laws will be even more refined, my advice; have David Ryder represent you in the courtroom and you will not be disappointed. The biggest thing that stood out to me was that at the end of our case we entered the deal, and after we got out of the courtroom he said if i ever have any temptations to smoke or drink give him a call day or night for some reassurance. That showed me how much he actually cared about representing me as a person and supporting me being sober. Reasonably priced, great legal skills, experienced, great communication and overall a great person; if i ever have a run in with the law again i will most definitely have David represent me.
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Posted by Jeff | October 27, 2013
Competent, Professional, & Trustworthy
It was my experience, on two separate occasions, that Mr. Ryder is a competent, professional, timely, and trustworthy attorney. If I ever need a lawyer again, and nothing personal I hope I don’t, David would be the first one I would call and utilize without hesitation. Thanks for what you have done, David.
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2013
Huge Gratitude of Attorney at Law David Clay Ryder
Mr. Ryder handled my DUI case and got it reduced to negligent driving. He gave excellent advice and was always very easy to ahold of. I could pick up the phone and give him a call any day of the week and talk to him right then or he'd call me back later that day. He was straight up with me with everything and was very to the point. Also he kept me informed whenever he received any new information about the case, as well as extremely knowledgeable in his field. He is trustworthy and takes client confidentiality very seriously.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-35%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of David C. Ryder, P.S.
  • 1983 - Present


  • University of Washington
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Brown University
  • Bachelors
  • 1977


  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Peer Counselor
  • 1991 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Client Satisfaction and Communication Skills
  • 2011
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Managing your Practice to Maintain your Humanity
  • 2006
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Advanced Client Communication Skills for Lawyers
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an exceptional lawyer who brings skill and experience developed over decades to every case he handles. His commitment to obtaining exceptional results for each and every client is the foundation of his well-earned reputation. I rely upon David's input and advice on the cases that I handle. I highly recommend David to anyone seeking a DUI attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a fantastic attorney who achieves extraordinary results for his clients. I give David my highest endorsement."
General practice Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Ryder is a thoroughly competent lawyer. He has handled significant injury cases and obtained exceptional results. You can count on David to give your case his full effort and attention."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a compassionate attorney who cares about his clients. He is also a tenacious and hard working advocate. I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen David's excellent work first hand. I know he has deep compassion for his clients. David is a lawyer's lawyer, a guy I would call to help me out of a jam."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I very highly endorse this lawyer. Dave Ryder has over 30 years of experience fighting for his clients’ rights. He is honest, ethical, compassionate and an astute, hard-working problem solver and a very, very tough litigator. David is highly skilled, talented and creative and very intelligent. He will fight relentlessly for your legal rights and knows his way around the courtroom, too. For trustworthy, creative and formidable legal representation, I could not recommend anyone better. Definitely a lawyer’s lawyer, and a great guy, too."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I can highly recommend David. I referred a client to him and he handled the matter with compassion and competence. The result was better than the client had thought possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and recommend David Ryder without hesitation. He is experienced, hard-working, and skilled at obtaining practical results for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse this lawyer. I have known David for over 30 years and have always admired him as a sharp, practical and ethical lawyer. I have referred many clients to him for various matters, ranging from DUI's to business issues, and all have been both satisfied with his services and impressed with his wise counsel, professional manner, and effective advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom. David is highly respected among those who know him and he is the one I turn to when I need to confer on a serious issue."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Edmonds Litigation Lawyer David Clay Ryder
David Clay Ryder
Litigation Attorney
Edmonds, WA
Licensed for 41 years