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With more than fifty jury trials to my credit in more than fifteen years defending the accused against all types of felony and misdemeanor cases in federal, state and local courts, I can give you the peace of mind that comes with having a proven, battle-tested advocate in your corner.


I have dedicated my career to defending the rights of the accused.  A graduate of Stanford University and a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown Law School, I chose criminal law instead of corporate law because I love the challenges of trial work and the rewards of fighting for the underdog. 


I have spent most of the last decade defending against serious felony charges in King County Superior Court but I know that every case is serious to the person being accused.  My approach is simple and straightforward—I will use my knowledge and experience to empower you to make the most informed, intelligent decisions possible, and I will litigate your case with creativity and tenacity.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    18 years


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Michelle Marie Scudder

    I endorse this lawyer. David and I worked as opposing counsel on a number of cases when I was with the prosecutor's office. David was always a formidable opponent. He was professional, prepared, and an outstanding advocate for his clients. David commanded the respect of both prosecutors and judges with his courtroom ability and legal knowledge. Any client would be in excellent hands with David as their attorney.


    Michelle Scudder Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Amy Irene Muth

    I know David from working with him at The Defender Association and consulting with him, as a private attorney, on a complex felony case. David has an incisive legal mind and outstanding litigation skills. He is an extremely experienced trial attorney who is highly regarded by his peers. I am delighted to recommend him.


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Contact info

The Law Office of David Hammerstad

1111 3rd Avenue
Suite 2220
Seattle, WA, 98101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Order of the CoifGeorgetown University Law Center1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Law Office of David Hammerstad2011 - Present
Staff AttorneyThe Defender Association2003 - 2011
Staff AttorneyNew Hampshire Public Defender1998 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Governors2014 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Criminal DefenseThe Burglary That Wasn't2014
Georgetown Law Journal Annual Review of Criminal ProcedureGuilty Pleas1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Stanford UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington Defender Association Annual ConferenceDefending the He Said/She Said Domestic Violence Case2013
Aggressive Defense in WashingtonPretrial Investigation2013
New Issues and New Approaches in Felony DefenseSentencing Aggravators under the SRA2011