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David Duane Lowell

Criminal defense Attorney at Burlington, WA

4.8   48 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1993
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2019

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About David

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I feel privileged to help folks who lack the legal experience to help themselves.   I am in my 24th year of practicing law. 


Why hire me?   I am very experienced, honest,  have a proven track record of getting good results and not afraid of hard work.    


Four incredible people have had an incredible positive impact.    No man is a more humble and honest  than my father (survived Husky football in mid 50's, received his doctorate and touched countless young people as a school Superintendent).   From my mother, I learned perservance (working as an RN,  never once complaining about the long hours).    My brother was the hardest working athlete I ever saw (WSU baseball player) and he has carried this ethic into a very successful coaching/teaching career.   My wife teaches me compassion and drive, I could not have a more caring, hard working wife and mother of my three children.

 I have battle-scarred empathy.   I too have struggled with issues life presents.     I understand the stress losing a job; I know the challenge of  financially surviving in this world; I have experienced family dramas;  and I have felt the unclassey sting of small-town politics. 


I have alot of heart and perserverence.    Athletics at a young age instilled this in me.   Although I was never the most talented athlete - I worked very hard to make it to the college level.   


I have great legal experience.    I worked as  Prosecutor in 1998, have worked as a Public Defender and private practice for over 20 years.   Also, I served well over a decade in the U.S. Army Reserves as a JAG officer, where I helped hundreds of soldiers which included six short overseas tours (including 3 to Korea).


In addition, I had the distinct honor of being an intern for Paul Luvera and John Murphy in the early 90's--I have never seen men so passionate in their search for justice and their unmatched work ethic.    I was very lucky to office share with several wonderful men and attorneys -- Jim Anderson taught me the importance of a strong community presence; Brian Paxton showed how a fine sense of balance and work can be of benefit and John Ward taught me that being a country gentleman lawyer is a very worthwhile endeavor.


I am affordable and set my fees based on what you can afford.


--David Lowell

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David Duane Lowell
PO 1346
Burlington, WA, 98233


4.8 / 5.0
  48 customer reviews
Posted by Bill | February 3, 2022
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Mr. Lowell is very professional in every aspect of business. At the same time, he is very pleasant and makes you feel comfortable while doing business.
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2021
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Very personable and professional
I can't express how grateful I am for Mr. Lowell's help with my case! I had my divorce case dragging for 2 years before I found David and had him take over it. He was able to end it in 3 months in my very best favor! He is very professional, knowledgable and personal. I felt that he really cared about me and justice to be served. He also charged me a reasonable amount because I couldn't afford those ridiculous fees that other lawyers ask. I was lucky to find David Lowell and have him represent my case! I'll recommend him in a heartbeat. Thank you, David, for all your patience and support! Thanks for helping me win this case!
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Posted by Sylvia | February 7, 2019
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the best
David Lowell has helped me out in a couple of cases with my family. We have been very pleased with the outcome every time. He goes above and beyond and is a very understanding person. Very professional in every aspect. Recommend him 100%
Posted by Paul | January 5, 2019
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Calm with confidence
Working with David Lowell was a pleasure. I found myself in need of an attorney on very short notice and David found the time to fit me into his already busy schedule. His experience, knowledge and background shone throughout the process. David was easily accessible whether in person, phone or email and always found a way to work with my very challenging schedule. His calm reassurance was most definitely welcomed during those times when my anxiety or stress increased. Should I find myself in need of an attorney in the future, David will most certainly be at the top of my list.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2018
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David Lowell was very kind, caring and compassionate with my case. It had a few bumps along the way. He went above and beyond with helping me. I have dealt with attorneys that are very gruff, cold and actually on the rude side. Life is too short. Mr. Lowell is the exact opposite..... which was awesome!
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2018
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Caring and Understanding
David was extremley persistent with the prosecuting attourney and stood up for me without hesitation throughout my case. I couldn't have asked for a better person to do the job he has done!
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2017
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Good job
David helped me overcome a lot he walked me through step by step and talked to me he went above and beyond for my case I would highly recommend David to all in need of a attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2017
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Review of David
David is an excellent lawyer well known in the community. He did a fantastic job of analyzing my case from every angle and communicating the different options we had available. David was always rational and had a cool demeanor through all facets of my case and provided guidance more as a family friend rather than someone hired to go through proceedings for a paycheck and had a genuine interest in my well being. All in all I would recommend David and his firm to anyone looking for help.
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2016
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Divorce attorney
I hired David to be my divorce attorney and received nothing but compassion and professionalism. He knows the law and was very knowledgeable when asked any questions pertaining my divroce. He's definitely someone I would hire again in the future and refer him to anyone I know.
Posted by Sashamarie | October 25, 2016
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Protection Order Case
This lawyer took the time and energy to fully understand my concerns when I asked him to represent me in a protective order case against another person. Also how he always is happy to explain or give good supporting reasoning and argument on why or how it should be handled. I felt he went the extra mile to make sure he could represent me in the best possible way along with his expert knowledge of the laws. He made me feel motivated to also do my part as his client to make the case easy to understand and his confidence to help ensure that we got the best outcome that we got. Also his fairness and professionalism on what he thinks is the best route to go so we can be prepared. Also his integrity, honesty and dedication to seeing the case through to the end. I would definitely recommend this lawyer to anyone who wants someone who will really hear there case and willing to the best job he can.
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Posted by Scott | October 21, 2016
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A family lawyer of note.
I hired David for a simple task of helping with a parenting plan. The situation changed dramatically due to my ex filling several charges on me and then attempting to say I had abandoned my children. Needless to say the matter went from common to complicated quite quickly. Throughout every change in my case, David made moves and counter moves to thwart my ex, and give me a chance to re start my life without giving away the proverbial kitchen sink. I highly recommend Dave, as he and his staff have the ability to be flexible and maintain calm in difficult matters that involve family and court.
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Posted by Rick | August 2, 2016
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Look no further! Keen attention to detail and unmatched dedication!
Mr. Lowell assisted me with my divorce, which was already a stressful situation for me to begin with. This is an attorney that truly cares about his clients and is an unparalleled expert in all that he does. Mr. Lowell was able to fend off my viscous in-laws, who were trying to unjustly nickel and dime me to death, and saved me from having to dish out a bunch of money for miscellaneous debts throughout the divorce process. He was also considerate enough to check up on how I was dealing with things throughout the process from a personal standpoint, which by no means was he obligated to do. Any time I had questions or concerns, he and his team were able to answer them in prompt fashion. All in all, I cannot say enough positive things about him and his team. His finance manager, Ken Davis, was also extremely helpful with everything and was able to answer every question that I had, as well as any questions coming from my ex-spouse and her family any time Mr. Lowell was out of the office. This guy is the real deal! He has my absolute highest recommendation for anyone seeking legal counsel and/or representation!
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Posted by Rochelle | July 1, 2016
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Lowell Lowell he's the man, if he can't do it no attorney can.
My family hired David Lowell as an attorney in May of 2016 and by June of 2016 he got us the BEST (no exaggeration) outcome that was possible for the case at hand. We were utterly gobsmacked by his sheer brilliance and wouldn't hesitate to return to him if there's ever a need. He was also very polite, family friendly and very affordable. Honestly days later I am still utterly speechless that he got the job done better than our wildest expectations, especially since the attorney we had prior to hiring David could not do what David did. If you're looking for an attorney, here he is.
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Posted by Lynne Anderson | December 30, 2015
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Excellent lawyer
I had hired Mr. Lowell in March of this year. I waited like he said I should do and it worked out very well. He knows what he is doing and was very helpful in my case.
Posted by tom | August 20, 2015
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I hired him to do a DUI CASE he always would answer all my questions and explain everything indetail. my case was not your average DUI CASE as new laws were comming and going some how i fell threw the cracks. He helped 110 percent even fighting with dmv. I WOULD REFER HIM TO ANYONE. Just simpily by the consultion you can tell he is a laywer that is on your side and will fight for you every step of the way tell the end.
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Posted by Maurice | August 14, 2015
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Saved me from 4300 miles away.
David displays character and traits that quickly prove that he is not your normal counsel. With David you can expect responsiveness, excellent communication, expedience, trust, and genuine advisement with no filters. For an expert in counsel and real results retain David. David helped me solve an unfortunate situation in his home city in less than a week while I remained across the other side of the country. One phone call to David for help and he was on task in less than an hour despite being busy. Trust me you want him in your corner if you ever need counsel.
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Posted by Tara Nelson | July 28, 2015
Great guy!
I hired David Lowell after an unfortunate dispute with my landlord over a sprinkler that discharged in my apartment. He was affordable and compassionate. It's a frightening and confusing place to be when you have limited financial resources and are threatened with a seemingly large lawsuit. Just having someone in my corner to speak on my behalf and explain what was happening was such a relief. Even if it never goes anywhere, it's worth the cost just to be able to sleep at night. I would definitely recommend David to a friend in need.
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Posted by John | February 9, 2015
The BEST in the Northwest!
David provided EXCEPTIONAL service to me, exploring every legal option before recommending the route we chose to resolve my problem. With class, dignity, and professionalism, David also handled everything relative to my divorce, saving me from having to deal with my ex and/or her attorney in any way, which was greatly appreciated and very beneficial to me - both emotionally and financially. For anyone that needs a GREAT attorney, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND David Lowell.
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Posted by Danielle | January 29, 2015
Fought agressively and won protection for my family!
I hired Mr. David Lowell in fall of 2014 to help protect myself and my three children in a messy domestic violence/divorce case. This was my first time ever dealing with court, paperwork, and the system and to be honest, I was overwhelmed and scared. Mr. Lowell has such a calming effect that working with him gave me the edge I needed to focus and concentrate at the long and draining task at hand. He was quick to respond to questions, realistic in outcomes, and fought hard and won in making sure that protective measures were in place for my children. On the divorce side, I came to him with a list of what I wanted and again he fought agressively with my ex's lawyer and I got everything I wanted. I would recommend Mr. David Lowell to anyone needing any sort of representation. He is fair, honest, will walk you through the process and will do eveything he can to protect you.
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Posted by Kevin | November 8, 2014
David Lowell Legal Effectiveness
David Lowell represented me in a legal case in which I was charged with 7 felony counts and was facing up to 7 years in prison. He was able to continue my case for a year, allowing me to take care of some personal matters while he and his associate researched the best course of action. Before the case went to trial, David negotiated with the prosecuting attorney and I received only 90 days in jail alternatives (work release) of which I only had to serve 60 days. Mr. Lowell followed up with me continually, by phone and in person, during and well after to assure my smooth transition. My case was in Island County, although his practice is based in Skagit County. He was considerate and compassionate to take my case. I found him to be professional and prompt. His fee was affordable and for these reasons I would recommend him to a friend or family member.
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  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 4.6 (Concern)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Suspension issued in WA, 2019
updated on 11/07/2019

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Admonition issued in WA, 2019
updated on 03/03/2020

An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of David Lowell
  • 1995 - Present
  • Judge, Pro tem
  • Sedro-Woolley Municipal Court
  • 2010 - 2010
  • JAG officer
  • US Army JAG Corps
  • 2003 - 2014
  • Deputy Prosecutor
  • Skagit County Prosecutors
  • 1998 - 1998
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  • General Command and Staff College
  • ILE
  • 2013
  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Seattle University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988
  • Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army
  • Basic and Officer Advanced Course
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • John Doe v. Municipal Government (local)
  • Money settlement
  • Dismissal of Assault 4th Degree--Domestic Violence
  • Charges Dismissed
  • State of Washington v. John Doe
  • Dismissal
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  • Skagit County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Burlington-Edison School District
  • Elected Board member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Skagit County Superior Court
  • Arbitrator
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Legion
  • member--volunteer Judge Advocate for Post
  • 2003 - Present
  • Moose
  • member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Skagit County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Skagit County Community Action Clinic
  • Volunteer lawyer
  • 1995 - Present
  • Skagit County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2017 - 2018
  • US Army Reserve - Judge Advocate General Corps
  • CPT
  • 2003 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Selection for inclusion
  • American Law Society
  • 2016
  • Inducted into ASLA
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Selected for induction
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • BV Distinguished rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Cambridge Who's Who in American Business
  • Cambridge Company
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Commander's Coin of Excellence
  • US Army (Korea)
  • 2006
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • 6th JAG
  • 2005
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • 6th JAG
  • 2004
  • Player
  • Nat'l Adult Baseball Association
  • 1992
  • Athletic scholarship/grant
  • Seattle University
  • 1984
  • Member of team: 1984-86
  • Seattle University Varsity basketball
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • United General Hospital women's ward
  • Estate Planning/Elder issues
  • 2015
  • JAG Army Reserve event
  • Legal Ethics, Law of War, Rules of Engagement
  • 2008
  • JAG
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (15)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with David and have known him for many years. He is experienced, and works very hard for his clients. He is trustworthy, diligent, and will go the extra mile to get you the results you deserve. If you want a strong, honest attorney with integrity, you should contact David. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is not only a gentleman, but a very skilled advocate and effective counselor. David is unique amongst attorneys, as he genuinely enjoys the practice of law, always endeavors to be the best, and gets real results for his clients. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse David Lowell. As a GAL, I appreciate an attorney who is compassionate but will hold the client's feet to the fire in a reasonable way. David has worked tirelessly on several very challenging cases to reach understanding and agreement. I wish more attorneys practiced like David."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred some of my clients to Mr. Lowell for the preparation of a will and trust documents (an area that I do not practice.) I have always found him to be knowledgeable, and an excellent lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. 20 years ago, Dave was my first mentor. We have both moved on but he is knowledgeable and effective for his clients."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"You can see from David's client reviews here on Avvo that people love working with him. David is a zealous advocate for his clients' interests, but also professional and courteous, and willing to make the phone call or send the email to the other attorney that ends up saving money and time in the long run. David has the knowledge and experience to give advice across a broad spectrum of legal issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have consulted and worked with this lawyer on a number of matters, both in private practice and while serving as an attorney with the United States Army. David has always provided the highest level of service to his clients and has always gone out of his way to assist and provide answers to any questions I may have on legal matters related to criminal law, family law, estate planning, and litigation. David is a fountain of knowledge and I am proud to say I served with him and I am grateful that he is available to discuss legal matters and issues when I need help with my cases. I strongly endorse this attorney and would recommend him to any client."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with David as a Judge Advocate in the US Army Reserve and found David to be an outstanding attorney."
General practice Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Lowell is a top-notch lawyer and has an excellent reputation in the legal community. If I have a client that needs an attorney in Skagit County I send them to David. In addition to being a great lawyer, David is also a great person."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Lowell is a well experienced, competent, and highly ethical attorney. He is well respected by his peers."
Military law Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dave is a caring, devoted lawyer who advocates on behalf of his client to achieve the best possible results."
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Burlington Criminal defense Lawyer David Duane Lowell
David Duane Lowell
Criminal defense Attorney
Burlington, WA
Licensed for 30 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details