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David Christopher Iannotti

Criminal defense Attorney at Kent, WA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    19 years, 2,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    19 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence

    19 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Appeals

    14 years, 40 cases

  • Over 11 years of courtroom experience
  • Represented thousands of accused persons
  • Over 100 jury trials, including Murder in the 1st Degree
  • Multiple jury trial victories on Marijuana and Drug DUIs
  • Leads SMH's Appellate Practice, with experience arguing in The Division 1 and Division 2 Court of Appeals
  • Overturned several unconstitutional City Ordinances
  • Teaches and assists other attorneys around the State with Marijuana DUI Defense


About David:  During his eleven years aggressively representing persons in Washington courts, David Iannotti has developed a strong reputation for his willingness to try difficult cases to a jury and argue pertinent legal issues to the Court of Appeals.

David Iannotti grew up on the East Coast, slowly making his way across the U.S. and ultimately ending up here in the state of Washington. Most of his family still resides in Washington D.C., New York, Boston and Florida. David obtained his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in Political Science and Economics. While at Miami University, he worked as an intern for Butler County Superior Court Judge Patricia Oney.

After graduating from Miami University, David moved back to Washington D.C. and worked as a legal assistant for Spriggs & Hollingsworth. During this time, he primarily focused on preparing large product liability cases for trial, working as the lead paralegal on several extensive jury trials. After two years of working in D.C., David decided to go back to school and obtain his law degree.

David moved to Chicago, Illinios to pursue his law degree at the John Marshall Law School where he received a Dean's Scholarship for his academic performance. While he was a student at the John Marshall Law School, David spent three months in Beijing, China studying a comparison of the American and Chinese criminal justice systems. He then went on to publish an article in the International Law Journal titled "International Criminal Law, 2004 Year in Review".

After graduating from Law School in January 2006, David moved to the state of Washington with his wife and passed the Washington State Bar Exam.

David has established his home here in Seattle, Washington where he spends his free time racing road bikes, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and most importantly, enjoying time with his family.

After passing the bar, he initially worked as an associate at a small firm focused on Immigration and Criminal Law representing Spanish speaking defendants in their immigration and criminal defense matters.  David is concentrating his practice on criminal defense.

Since joining SMH, David has developed a reputation for his willingness to try difficult cases to a jury, from Shoplifting to Murder in the 1st Degree.  David also leads the appellate practice of SMH arguing for the rights of his clients to Superior Court and the Court of Appeals, including trying to make changes in the law involving the Per Se Marijuana DUI and the First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech.


Bar Admissions:

Washington, 2006

U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2007

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2007

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2007

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David Christopher Iannotti
655 W Smith St Ste 210
Kent, WA, 98032-4477

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Posted by Mike | January 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wins - Great Strategist and Courtroom Skills
David listened well, quickly developed a great strategy and kept me from harming my case by creating opportunies for the prosecutors. In court, he remained sharply focused on narrowing the case to the essential issues. He was theatrical only when needed. His brilliance and extensive experience shows in many other ways. After I was found ‘Not Guilty’, I learned that David wins 80% of his cases! No surprise after seeing him in action. Hire David!
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Posted by Michael | November 12, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Advice
I have had the pleasure of consulting with Mr. Iannotti on several occasions. He was able to give me effective legal advice which successfully resolved the cases I was working on.
Posted by Kim | November 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
David represented me on a matter in District Court. He did a great job communicating with me and helping resolve my situation.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Stewart MacNichol Harmell
  • 2007 - Present


  • The John Marshall Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Not Guilty
  • City v. L.H.
  • Not Guilty
  • City v. E.B.
  • Not Guilty on all counts
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  • Washington Defenders Association
  • Subscriber
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer Under 40
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer Under 40
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyer
  • 2016
  • Attorney of the Year
  • Corporate Vision Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Associate of the Month
  • SMH
  • 2014
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  • International Law Journal
  • International Criminal Law, 2004 Year in Review
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Sentencing CLE
  • Court's Jurisdiction during Appeal Process
  • 2018
  • SMH Continuing Legal Education Seminars
  • Appeals and Writs
  • 2017
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Defending Marijuana DUI
  • 2015
  • Your First DUI/Physical Control Trial
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (15)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is an outstanding trial attorney with a record and reputation to back it up. He is a skilled and creative attorney who works tirelessly for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a fierce advocate for his clients. He is also very smart and and dedicated to his craft."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I’ve worked with David quite a bit over the past several years, and believe he’s a passionate and zealous advocate for all his clients. David dedicates himself to each case and legal issue he handles, and challenges his adversaries to match his professional investment and expertise. He also has a good rapport with prosecutors, which is important for a criminal defense attorney. And while it shouldn’t be a surprise I don’t always agree with David, I do respect his positions and skill, and believe him to be an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked in the area of criminal law for the past 15 years. I have heard of David previously only by solid reputation. I now work along side David and am honored to do so. His legal knowledge is unmatched and his ability to asses and advocate his cases shows his extreme dedication to each one of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is definitely a go to when it comes to his legal knowledge, whether it be help on a particular issue or trial advice. I have worked closely with David on appeal issues as well as every other facet of the criminal justice system and I admire his style and abilities. He is winner in all facets and has garnered the respect of not only those who he works with but also those who he works against. Mr. Iannotti receives my highest endorsement. I cannot speak highly enough of him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former co-worker and current opposing counsel, I know David has an unwavering commitment to each of his clients’ best interest. David has both the ability to present complex legal arguments to the court as well as persuasive arguments to which juries can relate; a rare combination and a value to the legal field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Iannotti is an outstanding advocate for his clients. We have worked against each other in many cases. I find him to be a tough litigator, who has broad knowledge of criminal law. He is very professional and courteous to opposing counsel, his clients and to the court."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a fantastic trial attorney. I have known him for some time and he consistently gets the best results for his clients. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been familiar with the work of David Iannotti as a criminal defense attorney for over seven years. During that period he has proven to be one of the best and brightest. David is a top trial attorney, who has carved a bit of a niche for himself with marijuana and drug DUIs. That being said, he has also tried first degree murder cases. David has also developed a reputation as a top notch appellate attorney. For instance, as I write this endorsement David is lead counsel in a constitutional challenge against Washington's per se marijuana DUI law, and also lead counsel on a challenge to the constitutionality of a city ordinance concerning begging on freeway off ramps. Anyone who knows David would give him the highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've had several trials against David and he does a great job for his clients!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've mostly worked with David in pretrial matters. As a prosecutor, I appreciate a defense attorney who spots the main issues and uses court time effectively. David definitely does both."
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