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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 and 2015.


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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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 75%
    5 years, 24 cases
  2. Litigation: 15%
    8 years, 44 cases
  3. Appeals: 10%
    8 years, 12 cases


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  • Matthew J McCarthy

    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.


    Matthew McCarthy International law Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    David is an extraordinary lawyer. He writes well, thinks strategically and has had trial successes that reflect his hard work. I highly recommend him.


    Mary Haddad
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Bennett Bigelow & Leedom

601 Union Street, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA, 98101-1363


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarThomson Reuters "Superlawyer Magazine"2016
Rising StarThomson Reuters "Superlawyer Magazine"2015
Rising StarThomson Reuters "Superlawyer Magazine"2014
Dean's ListSeattle University School of Law2008
Dean's ListSeattle University School of Law2007
Presidential Law ScholarshipSeattle University School of Law2007
Excellence for the Future Award - Adv. Topics Intl. LawCenter for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Associate AttorneyBennett Bigelow & Leedom2014 - Present
Associate AttorneyLee Smart P.S., Inc.2010 - 2014
Associate AttorneyAllied Law Group LLC2008 - 2010
Extern - Hon. Judge Marsha J. PechmanUnited States District Court - Western Dist. of WA2008 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Health Care Risk Management SocietyMember2014 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2012 - Present
Washington Defense Trial LawyersMember2012 - Present
Federal Bar Association Western District of WAMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Washington Coalition for Open GovernmentBoard Member2010 - 2012
Media Law Resource CenterMember2009 - 2010
Northwest Communications Law GroupMember2008 - 2010
Seattle University Law ReviewResearch and Technical Editor2006 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fenton v. SurgeonSummary Judgment of dismissal.
Lee v. OB/GYN physicianDismissed with prejudice
Dudley v. HospitalDismissed with prejudice
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Publication nameTitleDate
King County Bar Association - Bar Bulletin"Sword and Shield for the Fourth Estate": Profile of Michele Earl-Hubbard2014
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 SupplementN/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
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Washington School of LawHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seattle Community Council Federation - Board Meeting"Your Right to Public Records and Open Meetings"2010