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David Norman graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in May of 2008, graduating within the top 5% of his class. He became a licensed attorney in Washington in October of the same year. He served as a Research and Technical Editor on the school's Law Review journal and was on the Dean's list from 2006-08. He also served as an extern in 2008 for the Honorable Judge Marsha Pechman, at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Beginning in September of 2008, David worked at Allied Law Group, LLC, a unique firm that focuses primarily on cases that involve enforcing statutory and constitutional open government and court provisions. Through David's work at Allied, he had the opportunity to write briefs in multiple appellate cases, including several at the Supreme Court level. While working at Allied, David had also been given the opportunity to author or co-author several CLE presentations, as well as serve as the co-editor and co-author of the WSBA's Public Records Act Deskook Supplement edition.
David joined Lee Smart P.S., Inc. as an associate attorney in November of 2010. Lee Smart is a Seattle-based law firm that focuses primarily in the area of civil defense, and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top-tier law firm in a multitude of practice areas. At Lee Smart, David was able to continue working at the appellate level, authoring multiple briefs and motions. His primary area of practice was medical malpractice defense. In his practice at Lee Smart, David garnered a substantial number of dismissal orders, and worked up over half a dozen trials resulting in defense verdicts, second chairing two of those trials.
David joined Bennett Bigelow and Leedom, P.S. as a senior associate attorney in April of 2014. Bennett Bigelow and Leedom is a Seattle-based law ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a Best Law Firm in a multitude of practice areas. David's work at Bennett focuses on medical malpractice litigation and related healthcare issues.
David was selected as a "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters's Superlawyer magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
David is licensed to practice in Washington, the Western and Eastern District Courts of Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals at the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
David's personal interests include reading, television, photography, and especially music. On any given weekend, David can usually be found at various musical venues near his residence on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
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Matthew McCarthy, Litigation Attorney
I enthusiastically endorse Dave Norman. Dave is not only extremely knowledgeable in his fields, but is a tireless and passionate advocate for his clients. After only five years of practice he has built an excellent reputation in the Seattle area in medical malpractice defense. I admire his dedication and craft.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Thomson Reuters - "Superlawyer Magazine"||2017|
|Rising Star||Thomson Reuters "Superlawyer Magazine"||2016|
|Rising Star||Thomson Reuters "Superlawyer Magazine"||2015|
|Rising Star||Thomson Reuters "Superlawyer Magazine"||2014|
|Dean's List||Seattle University School of Law||2008|
|Dean's List||Seattle University School of Law||2007|
|Presidential Law Scholarship||Seattle University School of Law||2007|
|Excellence for the Future Award - Adv. Topics Intl. Law||Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction||2007|
|Senior Associate Attorney||Bennett Bigelow & Leedom||2014 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Lee Smart P.S., Inc.||2010 - 2014|
|Associate Attorney||Allied Law Group LLC||2008 - 2010|
|Extern - Hon. Judge Marsha J. Pechman||United States District Court - Western Dist. of WA||2008 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington Health Care Risk Management Society||Member||2014 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||2012 - Present|
|Washington Defense Trial Lawyers||Member||2012 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association Western District of WA||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Washington Coalition for Open Government||Board Member||2010 - 2012|
|Media Law Resource Center||Member||2009 - 2010|
|Northwest Communications Law Group||Member||2008 - 2010|
|Seattle University Law Review||Research and Technical Editor||2006 - 2008|
|Fenton v. Surgeon||Summary Judgment of dismissal.|
|Lee v. OB/GYN physician||Dismissed with prejudice|
|Dudley v. Hospital||Dismissed with prejudice|
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|King County Bar Association - Bar Bulletin||"Sword and Shield for the Fourth Estate": Profile of Michele Earl-Hubbard||2014|
|5th Annual State and Local Government Symposium - CLE||"Open Government Laws and Public Contracts: An Overview of Washington Laws and Practice Tips"||2010|
|Washington Admin Law Practice Manual||"Chapter 4: Public Records" (co-editor)||2010|
|WSBA Public Records Deskbook 2010 Supplement||"Access to Court Proceedings and Court Records" (co-author)||2010|
|WSBA Public Records Act Deskbook 2010 Supplement||N/A (co-editor of Supplement)||2010|
|Washington Newspaper Publisher's Association, Conference||"An Overview of Washington's Open Public Meetings Act" (co-author)||2009|
|WSBA CLE||"Electronic Records and Washington's Public Records Act" (co-author)||2009|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2008|
|University of Washington||History||Bachelor of Arts||2003|
|Seattle Community Council Federation - Board Meeting||"Your Right to Public Records and Open Meetings"||2010|