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David P Roosa

Personal injury Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2012
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About David

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David primarily represents victims of corporate negligence, policyholders, and those with serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries ("TBI"). David has jury trial experience in state, federal, and municipal courts. Recently, David has obtained substantial plaintiff verdicts alongside partners Rick and Ken Friedman in the Western District of Washington. David also occasionally tries criminal cases, and obtained two defense verdicts in 2015 for wrongfully accused citizens. At the appellate level, David has briefed a number of cases before Washington Division I and Division II court of appeal commissioners, and authored (uncredited) the prevailing briefs in the Wyoming Supreme Court case Irene v. Seneca, et. al., 337 p.3d 483 (Wyo. 2014).

David grew up in Alaska and graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1997. After high school, he spent one year as a Rotary International Exchange Student in Rostock, Germany. Upon returning to the U.S., David studied at the Ohio State University and graduated in 2002 with a B.S. in International Business and a B.A. in German Language and Literature. David then spent roughly two years in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, at the Centro ISI English Academy through the AIESEC program teaching English to adults and children.

Before starting a career in the law, David worked for three years as a Licensed Customs Broker and Ocean Import Manager for a global logistics/freight-forwarder and NVOCC in Chicago, IL.

David Roosa joined Friedman | Rubin in 2012 as the firm's first "Moe Levine Fellow of Trial Advocacy." The award honors one of the greatest trial lawyers of the 20th Century and is given to interns showing great promise as future trial lawyers.

David lives with his wife and two sons in West Seattle. His hobbies include competitive running and swimming, outdoor grilling, watching Ohio State football games in the fall, and playing the guitar – poorly.

Experience and Organizational Membership

  • Speaker: WSAJ GSS Series: Introduction to Insurance Bad Faith – March, 2016
  • Member: Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member: Seattle Plaintiffs Attorney Roundtable (S.P.A.R.)
  • Licensed to practice law in Washington State, the Western District of Washington, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • 2012: Seattle University School of Law – Juris Doctorate
  • 2001: Ohio State University – Bachelor of Science (Business); Bachelor of Arts (German Language)

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Friedman Rubin
51 University St Ste 201
Seattle, WA, 98101-3614

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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2021
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Compassion and Competence
David Roosa saved my life. When an accident left my life in tatters and I wasn't able to fight for myself David not only stood by me he stood up for me. His skill is matched only by his heart.
Posted by Minjung | November 8, 2018
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Highly recommend David
I firmly believe that there are only a few lawyers who are competent, hardworking and active like David. I met several lawyers in my recent legal dispute and had asked several lawyers to resolve my legal issues. But David was the best lawyer I ever met. He is very abundant in legal knowledge and has a great ability to solve problems as a lawyer. Not only that, but David was sincere and worked my work as his own work. David is also a warm-hearted person with a love of humanity. I think he really understood my difficulties and did his best to save me from legal issues. He is my savior. Before I met David, I contracted another lawyer. But the first lawyer I met did not show me the settlement, and he just put me on hold and made me nervous. But David was very different. He analyzed my case and found a point to prove my injustice and made a very active effort to bring this case to my advantage. By the way, my case was settled by a jury trial to solve my injustice. In a jury trial, the role of a lawyer is of paramount importance, and attentive and active preparation is crucial for best results. David did this thoroughly. I attended the trial with him for two days, and I felt he was very proficient and professional in the jury trial. His words are soft and gave me a detailed answer to my question. Also, I could feel trust in his words based on his knowledge. He always counted my heart and gave me relief. If someone needs to get legal help, I will actively recommend David.
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Posted by Melissa | March 28, 2018
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David is everything you need in an attorney
David helped me with my disability insurance case. He is confident, knowledgeable, professional and easy to talk to. All cases are tiring and emotional and I appreciated that he took the time to boost my confidence and always responded quickly when I had a question. He worked ahead of the game and was always discussing with me what was to come and how they were planning on handling the issue at hand to strengthen our case. I appreciated that he always explained what they were doing and what the plan was to address it. I never felt that a decision was being made without me or that I did not have an opinion which was very important to me. They understood that this was my life and never did I feel like it was just about getting things resolved for their commission. David works with a team at his office which was something I had never experienced with an attorney before. Everyone was beyond amazing and I felt like each and every one of them went out of their way to help me. His paralegal Alexandria was experienced, thoughtful and a great asset to the case as well. I enjoyed working with her just as much as I did David! Bonus is that parking at David's office is not a big, expensive hassle that one would typically associate with Seattle offices! Without a doubt David and his office will be who I send any friends to. Thank you David!
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Posted by Ashley Adair | May 7, 2017
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David is your guy
David is an excellent attorney and you want him in your corner. Not only is he highly skilled, he is an awesome human being to work with. Our case was emotional and he always did a great job explaining each step in detail so we would have peace of mind in a timely manner (even from high maintenance millennials like us). He's the kind of guy who will get the job done in the court room, but you could also have a beer with on a Friday night. Having David and the entire FR team in our corner made an impossible situation seem manageable. They say: "If there is a Goliath in front of you, there is a David inside of you" - who doesn't want to have the actual David on their team? Ideally, I don't need to hire him moving forward, but I feel so much better knowing he is just a phone call away. David takes his work seriously and he should, because of David we get to start a new chapter in our lives. He gave us our life back. Who can say that about their attorney? We can.
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Posted by Devyan | February 22, 2017
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Highly recommend
David helped my attorney in winning my dui case. He was very perfessional and made sure I understood everything going through my two day dui trial. The prosecutor had a very good case against me but David made sure ours was better. I would highly recommend David as your attorney if you want to win your case.
Posted by Beth | September 6, 2016
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Absolute Best Attorney
David Roosa was professional, knowledgeable, and above all else caring. We were treated so well by David and his staff who helped us throughout our entire contact with them. David was always available to us and was always willing to answer questions and walk us through any difficult times, I can't say enough about the integrity of this man. We started on this journey not knowing what to expect and I feel when it ended we not only had a fantastic attorney but we also made a friend.
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Posted by Eddard | June 12, 2016
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Lawyer Of Destiny
David took my case and right away I could tell he was a good guy. One of the first things he asked me was if I was okay, not "are you ready to sue" or "this is how much it will cost". Instead, he seemed to genuinely care about me and my post accident recovery. Also, my case was pretty small scale but he didn't care AND took a largely reduced fee to help me out. All in all he's a great guy and I think anyone who needs legal help should go to him.
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Posted by Tracey | June 8, 2016
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Excellent Compensation for my injuries
I was in a motor vehicle accident in Renton. I was rear-ended by a 19-year old driver that was texting while driving. I was rushed to the ER had some significant injuries and my car was totaled. David helped me get fair compensation for my vehicle and excellent compensation for my injuries. He walked me through the process of seeing all the doctors and specialists in order to recover medically and also have a good case. I had to sign a contract that I would not disclose the amount that I was paid for my injuries by the other insurance company. Let's just say it was significant and I am fully satisfied!
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Posted by Rebecca | June 7, 2016
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It is hard to find words to express our deep gratitude to this incredible lawyer who helped us during a very difficult time. In September 2014, our city's water tested positive for e-coli, in which we were forced to close the doors to our business and throw away thousands of dollars worth of inventory. When we thought the worst was over, and we were allowed to re-open, we received a 2nd boil order. Our losses then exceeded over $30,000 in a two week period. In addition to the emotional stress of fearing a patron becoming sick, this kind of event would be catastrophic for any small business owner to endure. Furthermore, if things could not get worse, we were denied coverage from our insurance company after a 15 minute investigation. Feeling as I was being treated unfairly, I started calling law firms in the Seattle area desperately seeking their help. I roughly spoke to 10 different firms, while most of them said they didn't think I had a case. Some of these firms just referred me to their secretary, implying my case would not make them enough money. After feeling completely hopeless, I was referred to David Roosa. He was the only attorney who took the time to thoroughly review my case; he asked questions that no other attorney cared to ask; he investigated the issues at hand; and he uncovered additional language in my policy which later proved to show I had coverage. No other attorney had been able to discover these facts, which were very reputable individuals working for big firms in the Seattle area. David Roosa took my case knowing he would not get rich. He also took my case because he knew we were being treated unfairly. He is one of the smartest, most hard working individuals we have ever come across. Not only did he work hard on my behalf, he sincerely cared about the client without the "the almighty dollar" being center stage. Through all the trials and tribulations of having to go through litigation against a multi-million dollar company; he never made an error and prevailed at every hearing and motion that came our way. At all times, he was professional and acted with the utmost integrity. Before going to trial, we agreed to mediation and settled our case with a private settlement agreement. Although, we can't disclose the signed agreement; I will say that I owe my life to this individual who offered his help when nobody else would. I would highly recommend David Roosa if their insurance company has acted in bad faith or a person has been treated improperly. In closing, David was our savior and made our business whole again. I will never be able to repay his due diligence, hard work, and most of all... his sincerity about the way he honestly cared about his client.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Friedman|Rubin
  • 2012 - Present
  • Rule 44 Intern
  • Alaska Public Defender Agency
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Clerk/Investigator
  • Cooke Roosa LLC
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Ocean Import Manager
  • Coppersmith Inc.
  • 2004 - 2007
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • Ohio State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001
  • Ohio State University
  • Bacherlors
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hausman v. Holland America Line et. al.
  • Settlement
  • Fresh Start Subs Co. (d.b.a. Subway) v. The Hartford et. ano.
  • Settlement
  • Turner v. Tukwilla P.D.
  • Settlement
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  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Cum Laude
  • Ohio State University
  • 2001


Speaking Engagements

  • 2017 WSAJ Insurance Law Seminar
  • Recovering Attorney Fees In Bad Faith Litigation
  • 2017
  • WSAJ Getting Started Series - Insurance Bad Faith and IFCA
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • 2016
  • "Keep Your Friends Closer" - Using the WAC's in first party PIP, PD & UM/UIM communications
  • Insurance Regulations
  • 2016
  • SPAR - IFCA Conference
  • Introduction to Washington's Insurance Fair Conduct Act ("IFCA")
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is considered a lawyer's lawyer! When many attorneys need help, they run to David Roosa! He is brilliant, kind, and VERY attentive! He is always speaking at seminars to fellow lawyers and is well respected in the community. Anyone who knows David can confirm this! I endorse this lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known David since law school. I've brainstormed with him through classes, cases, and everything in between. He is an excellent lawyer who is intelligent and hard-working. He's also a great communicator and oral advocate. He's the real deal."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is highly knowledgeable about the law and an excellent oral advocate, when you combine those skills you have an excellent attorney representing you. David has my highest endorsement."
Insurance Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is methodical, thorough and clever. He uses his knowledge and skills very effectively to get his clients the recovery they deserve. I endorse this lawyer."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David's grasp on insurance law is exceptional. He is a superb researcher with top-notch analytical skills. He is also an excellent public speaker, having recently spoken at WSAJ’s annual insurance law seminar. In addition to his legal skills, David possesses the rare combination of a bright mind and down to earth approach to problem solving. This coupled with his ability to work hard and passion for protecting people from being abused by insurance companies and large corporations make David Roosa an asset to our profession"
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is among the brightest trial lawyers of his generation. His keen insights go straight to the heart of the matter, and he has an paralleled ability to not only anticipate defenses but arrive at unique solutions to them. Few people have the ability to correctly analyze case facts and applicable laws, defenses, clients, and juries like David does."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of getting to know David on both a personal and professional level. He possesses great legal skills and knows how to maximize his clients' recoveries. He is also a good human being that treats his clients like family. I would not hesitate to refer my own family and friends to David."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney David Roosa is in full command of his practice and profession. When he gets to work on a case, you know who is in charge, and he uses his expertise and authority to get the best results for his clients every time. I highly endorse this attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David since the beginning of law school. Because of his skill with the academic material, he made an excellent study partner; and because of his passion for litigation, he made an excellent mock trial competitor. During the several years that have passed since law school, I have greatly enjoyed seeing David bring the same skill and passion to his career. Because he is an outstanding attorney, I wholeheartedly endorse David Roosa."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Since I have known David professionally, I have seen his attention to detail when working up a case on behalf of a client. I have also seen him in action in trial. In both instances, it was obvious to me that what mattered to David was nothing more than doing the best he could for a person who needed it."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David knows how to work up a case. He's smart and efficient. Very impressed by his understanding of the law and what it takes to put pressure on insurance carriers."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can't say enough positive things about David. He is one of the best attorneys I've had the pleasure to work with and know personally. I also had the somewhat unique ability to observe him from behind the bench while I was a law clerk. David has a brilliant mind and a cool composure. He approaches each of his cases with diligence, creativity and enthusiasm. It is this aptitude that earned him respect behind the bench. I would not hesitate to associate a case with David, nor would I hesitate to send friends or family to him. He is the best of the best and only getting better. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse David. Having been mentored in a firm led by one of the county's greatest trial lawyers, David understands cases of great complexity better than most. I often come to him for insight and advice and am always impressed at his ability to see both strengths and weaknesses in a case that others routinely miss. Having collaborated on one project with him, I have also been impressed with his efficiency, discipline and the quality of his work. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a friend or family member."
Personal injury Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would recommend the services of Mr. Roosa to any client with needs in the personal injury or tort arena. Mr. Roosa is an aggressive and passionate litigator that fights for his clients. David has handled several high profile cases in the Seattle area. These cases have attracted high profile media attention. His commitment to justice for his clients is second to none."
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Seattle Personal injury Lawyer David P Roosa
David P Roosa
Personal injury Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 11 years
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