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David von Beck

Construction and development Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.9   60 reviews
  • State Years
    Oregon - OR 21 years
    Washington - WA 27 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    45%
    I represent homeowners, condominium associations, and commercial building owners in construction defect actions and contract disputes with builders, developers, and remodeling companies. My law firm also represents many companies, large and small, in protecting and pursuing lien rights and collecting dollars owed by their customers and/or the project owners.

    28 years, 320 cases

  2. Insurance
    30%
    Representing insurance policy holders on claims against insurers including claims for coverage, bad-faith, and violations of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA). This includes claims for property damage due to fire, weather (snow, wind, wind-driven rain, etc.) and other sources.

    28 years, 120 cases

  3. Consumer protection
    20%
    Representing individuals and groups against companies for Consumer Protection Act violations based on unfair and deceptive acts in marketing or selling defective products.

    22 years, 25 cases

  4. General practice
    5%
    Litigation and counsel.

    28 years, 140 cases

I am a shareholder at Levy | von Beck | Comstock. I'm licensed to practice law in both Washington and Oregon. Our firm handles a wide variety of cases, with an emphasis on construction defects, property insurance claims, insurance bad faith, real estate litigation, and debt collection including liens. My partners and I have over 50 years of combined experience, and we and our associates work hard every day to ensure that our reputation is well-earned and that our clients are vigorously represented.

Photos and videos

A small leak in your home can mean a big problem
Anatomy of a Roof Leak
The lawyer team at Levy von Beck Comstock

Location

Levy | von Beck | Comstock | P.S.
1200 5th Ave., Suite 1850
Seattle, WA, 98101-1129

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Tricia T | April 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded my expectations by far!
I had a lawsuit filed against me as a corporate executive in a bankruptcy. My D&O coverage hired a lawyer to defend me. I hired Dave to make sure that lawyer and the insurance carrier acted in my best interest. I’m so glad I did. Dave provided much needed guidance in my defense. He also went above and beyond to see that I got my $25k deductible back. He’s aggressive, pro-active and well worth every penny. I would hire him again in a second if I had any need within his specialty or any advice regarding who to contact if my need fell outside his specialty. I trust him completely and that’s not something I say lightly. Thank you Dave!
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick, responsive, informative!
I had initially called Dave von Beck to present my information to see if we had a case and from what I told him he seemed to think we had a case, due to the seller our newly purchased home not disclosing all proper info, causing us lost funds. Dave and his team suggested a strategy that was able to get us resolution in a matter of days, and they were so prompt in every email response. I would highly recommend Dave and his team and trust their expertise in this industry.
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Posted by Richard | January 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
physician.
Mr David von Beck was an extremely diligent, timely, knowledgeable,articulate advocate who was extremely helpful in our negotiations with a very good insurance company. He guided us through the negotiations and I highly recommend him and his firm. I would gladly work with him again should the need ever arise.
Posted by Doug | May 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
the right firm for the job
After selling our home, we were shocked when the buyers filed a suit against based on bizarre misrepresentations of our words and actions. We had never dealt with anything like this before, and found Levy von Beck Comstock through a Google search. We were immediately reassured when we spoke to Dave that we had found the right person to help us. He and his team helped us through all the confusing details, thoroughly explained our options at every turn, coordinated negotiations effectively, and eventually helped us reach an inexpensive settlement that put an end to the stress and let us get on with our lives. I'm so glad we found them!
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing work!
This review is long overdue, but I still needed to express my gratitude. Dave was an amazing attorney when I was in a contract to purchase a house. One of the contingencies wasn't followed through by the seller/agent, and I wanted to get out. The seller wanted to keep my earnest money, and the agent (dual agent so supposedly represented both the seller and buyer, but was heavily representing the seller) told me adamantly that the earnest money would be forfeited if I got out of the contract. The wording in the contract was a bit ambiguous and we both stood our ground. The minute I contacted Dave, I knew that I did the right thing. In a matter of days he got me out of the contract with all my earnest money back. He was very reassuring from start to finish, the process was swift, and I was very happy with the outcome. Thanks again, Dave! If you are looking for an attorney who is capable, honest, and efficient, look no further -- I highly recommend Dave to anyone looking for the best representation!
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Posted by Wendy | February 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Homeowner and business owner
Dave successfully worked on our behalf to negotiate with one of the world’s largest insurance companies to recover our costs to cover an insured home incident. He was clear, extremely thorough, and very timely in all communications with us. We would not hesitate to hire Dave and his team if ever a future need.
Posted by Sean | January 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Remodel Gone Wrong
I worked with Dave and his team on a remodel that did not go well and a GC wasn't . I give them my highest recommendation to Dave and his team to anyone seeking help resolving an issue. It's never a good situation when you need to go the legal route to deal with issues. However, Dave and his team were truly outstanding and really did an amazing job. They were consistently there to answer my questions, highly communicative, and most importantly they were always direct and honest with me. Even when I didn't want to hear something they were forthright, patient, and took the time to help me understand. I walked away feeling like I had the best possible outcome. I truly appreciate their work and resolving the issues related to my construction dispute.
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Posted by Eric | January 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HOA Building Insurance Claim
I am posting as the President of our HOA. Dave von Beck helped us to secure funding from our insurance carrier based off a policy that was in place over 20 years ago for our building. These funds recouped by Dave in our settlement allowed us to properly address the siding issues that have plagued our building over the past 5 years. His knowledge of the construction and built environment was amazing and he had a plan from day one. I would highly recommend their services to anyone thinking about perusing their building insurance carrier. The fees are minimal when compared to the return they provide. Thank you Levy/von Beck/Comstock for your diligence and hard work as partners through this entire process.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Construction Defect Claim
We worked with Dave on a construction defect claim and resolved the case faster and at lower cost than expected. Unlike my experience with other law firms, Dave was very upfront about presenting the potential cost and schedule based on different scenarios which helped us greatly to make a right legal decision. His staffs were equally helpful in supporting the case. Highly recommended in all construction defect claim cases.
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Posted by Jeremy | April 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great resolution to a property line issue!
We hired Dave von Beck regarding a property line issue involving our house and an adjacent property. Dave had a thorough understanding of our problem and how to resolve it. Communication with Dave was easy. He was always extremely fast to answer our questions or to update us with case developments. One additional issue that arose was our title insurance initially denying our claim. Dave worked tremendously hard on our behalf and was able to get the title insurance to be involved. We are extremely happy with how this property line issue was resolved and never thought it would have ended in such a great way for us. We appreciate Dave’s work on our behalf and highly recommend Dave and his firm.
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Posted by Ben | May 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Construction Contract Lawyer
I hired Dave to represent my wife and I during a single-family home remodel that had gone off the rails. Initially, we were seeking expert counsel to help us navigate terminating our contract with a delinquent contractor. With Dave's help, we successfully ended this contract, developed a case against the contractor, filed suit and settled out of court. Dave and his team listened to our concerns and gathered meticulous details. He was readily available via phone and email throughout the duration of our representation. Although his fees are higher than some of the other Lawyers I initially sought out, his counsel was worth every penny. Dave was fair, transparent and detailed in his billing. His website uses good software, allowing us to upload documents and photos, saving us time and money. We were able to provide all relevant information, securely over the internet and only met with Dave on our site, never in his office, although the option was available to us had we wanted that. Dave helped us get our project back on track. After a year of stressing out over the delinquent contractor, we began to sleep easier, knowing Dave and his team were fighting for us. We are now back in our house and moving on with our lives. I honestly don't think we'd be where we are now (physically, financially, emotionally) without Dave and his team.
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Posted by Emily | March 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Settlement in a couple weeks
I cannot say enough great things about this firm. I worked with Dave, but it seems the whole firm pitched in to get this thing done pronto. We received our settlement in less than a month, check in hand, and made a quick file at my request due to statue of limitations concerns on a real property title issue. I am an attorney, but not this kind, and I feel fortunate to have just stumbled on this firm. I now refer my clients to this firm for their real property issues (already referred one person). I would highly recommend them for your property matter.
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Posted by Andrea | January 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good outcome in a difficult situation
My neighbors and I hired Dave and his firm after trying unsuccessfully to get the contractor who built our houses in 2015 to correct significant construction defects. Dave got us a remarkable settlement, especially considering the state of the contractor's insurance and corporate structure, his general unwillingness to work with us, multiple, unreachable subcontractors, and other assorted difficulties. Dave is highly professional, practical, responsive, effective, and committed to doing right by his clients. His staff is pleasant and efficient. His services are expensive; he is mindful of this and careful with his clients' money. During our engagement, we also interacted with Katie Comstock. She, like Dave, was responsive and extremely knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend this firm.
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Posted by Bill | August 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Construction Lawyer in Seattle!
After having a bad experience with our previous lawyer, finding Dave Von Beck was like a breath of fresh air! Dave took over our case, was extremely quick to ramp up, and incredibly insightful on how to get the case on track. He's very sharp and knows the construction/insurance industry and how it works very well. We felt confident in his ability to achieve the best possible outcome. Very honest and trustworthy with straight forward and upfront communication - we had continuous updates on the case and Dave worked hard to get the case resolved as quickly as possible. We highly recommend Dave Von Beck and his firm and would hire him again if the need arose.
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Posted by Yen | July 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A trustworthy firm to work with
I’m so satisfied with Levy-Von Beck/Comstock law firm’s handling of my case. David and his team are very responsible and persistent to help settle my case. They did a fantastic job to get my life back to normal, now I can relax and breath. I highly recommend this trustworthy firm to everyone who need legal help.
Posted by Jeremy | May 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kirkland Condo Water Leak
In May 2017 my condo had a water leak in the kitchen. The leak was originating from the unit upstairs. After months of stall tactics by the HOA and HOA's insurance company I know I needed to take action. A friend of my referred me to Dave Von Beck "AKA the Hammer". Dave got right to work on my case and kept me in the loop the entire time. Once Dave notified all the parties they were quick to resolve payment for the water leak damages. If you want a great attorney that knows condo “by laws” and know how to handle HOA’s then Dave is the attorney for you.
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Posted by Rachel | May 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend! Responsive, Respected and Relentless sums it up!
During a kitchen remodel, we found major water intrusion damage to one of the units of our small, four-unit condominium. When our insurance company denied our claim we hired Levy, von Beck and Comstock to go to battle for us. We worked directly with Dave von Beck. Dave and his firm have years of working with denied insurance claims, real estate, construction defects, and condo law. He's the ultimate expert and he's probably the most responsive and detailed professional I've ever dealt with. If I called, he'd take my call in the middle of a meeting. He answered my emails over the weekend. Everything he said was clear and made sense. He could cite and interpret crucial pieces of information in copious pages of technical engineering reports. He really shepherded us through a process that was far more complicated than we imagined. We were a small informal HOA, with no experience in dealing with anything this serious. His attention never wavered from this project, he was clearly "all in" with us. Additionally Dave has built close relationships with all the key players: He knew our insurance companies lawyer, he already knew and worked with the construction company that we chose to do the repairs. He knew when to call in an engineer and he knew and educated us (along with the excellent Katie Comstock) on condo laws that we were unaware of. He understands and speaks construction at all aspects, practical and legal. He became the hub of information, pulled everything together and kept everything moving forward. Dave is a straight-shooter, ethical and trustworthy while also being persuasive and a real bulldog. And the bottom line: he got our insurance company to pay for both the investigative work and all of the repair! I can't recommend him enough. A life saver!
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Posted by Cindy | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Dave and let him take your stress away!
We hired Dave after talking to a handful of very highly rated attorneys. Dave is calm, to the point and a take charge kind of guy. After wrangling with the builder myself for over a year and a half, we realized we were only hearing non-truths & empty promises. In less than a month after hiring Dave, we had a signed agreement with the builder. We had to take payments from the builder, but we did get the agreed upon amount, a little over half of our out of pocket expenses, but our nightmare is over. I wish we would have found/hired Dave sooner! My best advise is; VET THE BUILDER FIRST and avoid the nightmare. But if you do find yourself in a construction defect situation, by all means, call Dave von Beck.
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Posted by Dustin | February 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient, straightforward, and professional.
We found Mr. von Beck and his team to be very helpful in resolving an issue that could have resulted in a lot of wasted time and money. David is knowledgeable, straightforward in his communication, and very good at describing possible actions and outcomes. He has great follow-up skill in making sure all parties follow through with deliverables and communication. I would recommend David von Beck and team to anyone seeking to resolve legal matters involving home builders or contractors in the future.
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Posted by Kevin | December 29, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful consultation
We were having some concerns about our builder. I called David von Beck's office hoping to get some advice before our next meeting. David himself was available and took my call. He gave me some great advice and I was confident going into our meeting. Luckily, we haven't needed his firm's services more beyond that consultation, but I wouldn't hesitate in hiring them if we had a bigger problem.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-585 per hour
  • Contingency 16%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Levy | von Beck | Comstock | P.S.
  • 1999 - Present

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Washington
  • MA - Masters
  • 1990
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Blough et al. v. Shea Homes, Inc.
  • Favorable outcome for over 1,000 homeowners
  • NewHolly Homeowners Association v. Seattle Housing Authority
  • Favorable settlement (>$4 million) for plaintiffs

Associations

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Construction Defect and Real Estate Law Firm - PNW
  • Global Business Awards
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Construction Defect & Real Estate Law Firm - Pacific NW
  • Acquisition International Legal Awards
  • 2022
  • Construction Law Firm of the Year
  • Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2022
  • 2022
  • Prestige Award: Real Estate Law Firm of the Year (West Coast)
  • Corporate LiveWire
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Best Construction Defect Law Specialists - Seattle
  • New World Report - Business Elite Awards
  • 2021
  • Best Construction Defect/Property Insur. Claims Law Firm (Wash.)
  • Acquisition International
  • 2021
  • Best Insurance Law Firm - USA
  • Corp Today Magazine - 2021 Global Business Awards
  • 2021
  • Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
  • Corporate LiveWire
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Construction Defect Law Firm - Pacific Northwest
  • Corp Today Magazine - 2020 Global Business Awards
  • 2020
  • Three Best Rated
  • Top Three Real Estate Lawyer - Seattle
  • 2020
  • Best Real Estate Litigation Firm - Pacific Northwest, USA
  • BUILD Magazine
  • 2020
  • Best Construction Defect Law Firm - Pac. NW
  • Acquisition International
  • 2019
  • Top 3 Real Estate Lawyers - Seattle
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2019
  • Legal Elite Award: Best Construction Defect Firm - Pacific NW
  • U.S. Business News
  • 2019
  • Insurance Claims Law Advisor of the Year - Wash.
  • Acquisition International
  • 2018
  • Business & Commercial Law Firm of the Year
  • Finance Monthly
  • 2018
  • Construction Defect Lawyer of the Year
  • International Advisory Experts
  • 2018
  • 2018 Legal Elite Award (Constr'n Defects / Prop. Insur. Claims)
  • U.S. Business News
  • 2018
  • Construction Defect Law Firm of the Year - Pac. NW
  • Acquisition International
  • 2017
  • Best in Construction Defect Litigation - Pacific Northwest
  • Acquisitions International
  • 2016
  • 2016 Legal Award
  • Corporate Livewire
  • 2016
  • Best Law Firm for Construction Defects - USA
  • Acquisitions International
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse David
Insurance Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked both with and against Dave for many years, and endorse his legal ability, work ethic, collegiality, and integrity. All are first rate."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. von Beck is a highly capable attorney who upholds the highest level of professionalism. He is a strong, effective advocate for his clients. I wholeheartedly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse David's work. He works hard for his clients and rates high in professional courtesy. I enjoy working with David whether on the same or opposite sides of a matter."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse David's work. While we often are on opposing sides I enjoy working with him and respect his positions even when differing from mine."
Contracts and agreements
Construction and development
Construction and development