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David M. Gaba

About me

Mr. Gaba has an active practice representing both broker-dealers and consumers in routine and complex securities and insurance matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gaba was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington, he also serves as an Administrative Law Judge and as an arbitrator for the NYSE, NASD, NFA, Pacific Stock Exchange, and American Arbitration Association. Dave still maintains his Series 65.


Practice areas


  1. Investment Fraud: 100%
    27 years, 200 cases

Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul R Rundle

    I highly endorse David Gaba. I am an attorney with over 20 years experience handling diverse litigation matters. I have known David professionally and personally for nearly a decade, and am impressed with his skills, and with the depth and breadth of his knowledge within his areas of practice.


    Paul Rundle Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joseph L Morton III

    I highly endorse this lawyer. Dave has an exceptional understanding of securities and investment fraud. This area is complex and the legal proceedures are different than a standard litigation case. He works hard for his clients and tries to get them the best results. He is one of the good guys and I have no reservations in recommending him to anyone.


    Joseph Morton Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

1001 4th Ave Ste 3200
Seattle, WA, 98154-1003


IDAuthorized to practice law201108/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Service AwardKing County Dispute Resolution Center2000
WSNA Leadership AwardWSNA1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCompass Law Group PS Inc.2001 - Present
Of CounselGolbeck Roth pllc2002 - 2013
Director of Labor RelationsMetropolitan King County1994 - 2001
General CounselWSNA1990 - 1994
Assistant Attorney GeneralWA Attorney General1989 - 1990
Chief Administrative Law judgeNE Appeal Tribunal1986 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of ArbitratorsMember2007 - Present
Labor and Employment Relations AssociationPresident NW Chapter1998 - 1999
King County Dispute Reolution CenterBoard Member1997 - 2001
Labor and Employment Relations AssociationBoard of Directors1993 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wall v. Charles SchwabCustomer was awrded damages, costs, fees, and interest
Arntz v. Raymond James Financialfavorable
Bonebrake v. WachoviaFavorable
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Publication nameTitleDate
Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association JournalDavid Gaba & J. L. Spray, Disregarding the Manifest Disregard of the Law Standard Under the Federal Arbitration Act2010
PIABA Bar JournalEquitable Defenses Under State Blue Sky Law2009
WA Public Employment Contract Language GuideWA Public Employment Contract Language Guide1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Nebraska College of LawSecuritiesJD / MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PIABA ConferenceLitigating with small broker dealers2009
PIABA Securities conferenceLitigating with broker-dealers who have insurance policies.2008
FranchisingFranchising and Securities2007
Understanding Financial StatementsSecurities2006
Liability of Representing Financial InterestsSecurities Litigation2006
Securities LitigationSecurities2005
Section MeetingSecurities Fraud2005
FMCS ConferenceInterest Arbitration2002