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David Clement Smith

About me

Mr. Smith has been practicing law for 13 years, following a career as a computer consultant and manager of a computer department for an insurance company. While attending law school, he was involved with projects that combined technology and the law, including e-discovery and computer forensics. In 1999, Mr. Smith graduated with his Juris Doctorate at Seattle University School of Law. Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on consumer and commercial law representing individuals and businesses with an emphasis on debtor representation in bankruptcy proceedings, including Chapter 7, 11 and 13 claims. In addition to his bankruptcy practice, Mr. Smith also practices in real estate, corporate formation and dissolution, employment, transactional law, Internet law, and e-commerce.

In addition to his regular work as a general practitioner, Mr. Smith and his office does volunteer and pro bono work within the community.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 45%
  2. Chapter 11: 20%
  3. Chapter 7: 20%
  4. Chapter 13: 15%



Hourly ($225-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • William Louis Beecher

    I endorse this lawyer. Jim has a lot of energy and is not afraid to take aggressive positions on his clients' behalf where appropriate.


    William Beecher Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Justin David Bristol

    I endorse this lawyer. David Smith is an excellent attorney.


    Justin Bristol Contracts and agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of David Smith, PLLC

201 Saint Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA, 98402

Digital Discovery Services

201 Saint Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Epsilon Sigma AwardSimpson College1992
Alpha Sigma Lambda AwardAlpha Sigma Lambda1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLaw Offices of David Smith, PLLC2000 - Present
InternLaw Offices of Mark Dynan1998 - 2000
Y2K Audit and Security ConsultantRegence Blue Shield1998 - 2000
Data Warehouse ConsultantPierce County Medical Bureau1996 - 1997
Technical Support SupervisorEMC Insurance Group1984 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar FoundationBar Convention Committee2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2011 - Present
Puyallup Tribal Bar AssociationAdmitted to Practice2004 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar FoundationMember2000 - Present
US Court of Appeals, Ninth CircuitAdmitted to PracticeN/A
US Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Ninth CircuitAdmitted to PracticeN/A
US Bankruptcy Court for Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to PracticeN/A
Washington State Bar Business Law SectionMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor SectionMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law SectionMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Litigation SectionN/AN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Solo and Small Practice SectionMemberN/A
US District Court for Western District of WashingtonAdmitted to PracticeN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wejak v. Mickel 09-22770-KAOJudgment
Granvill Condominium Homeowners Association v. Kuehner, 177 Wn. App. 543, 312 P.3d 702 (Wash.App.Div.2 2013)Appellate Ruling in Favor of Kuehner
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Publication nameTitleDate
May-June Pierce County Lawyer MagazineBig Technology - Small Firm2014
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Bar NewsDIGITAL DISCOVERY: HUNTING FOR MISSING EVIDENCE2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Association of Consumber Bankruptcy AttorneysNACBA's 22nd Annual ConferenceContinuing Legal Education2014
WSBAExplicit and Implicit Bias in the CourtroomContinuing Legal Education2013
FBA Bankrutpcy CommitteeContinuing Legal Education2012 Bankruptcy Bench Bar Meeting2013
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar AssociationContinuing Legal Education19th Annual Bar Convention2013
US CourtsContinuing Legal Education2013 Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Meeting2013
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar AssociationContinuing Legal Education2013 Annual Year End Potpourri2013
WSBAContinuing Legal Education2012 Bankruptcy Boot Camp2012
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association18th Annual Bar Convention CLEContinuing Legal Education2012
WSBA CLEContinuing Legal EducationOther - Bachelors2012
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar AssociationContinuing Legal EducationDUI CLE2011
US CourtsContinuing Legal EducationChanges to Local Bankruptcy Rules2011
Intelletual Property ColloquiumContinuing Legal EducationPrivacy in a Networked World2010
Intellectual Property ColloquiumContinuing Legal EducationDerivative Work2010
WSBA CLEContinuing legal educationWashington Civil Procedure: Let's Do It Right!2010
WSBA CLEContinuing Legal Education CLEThe 5th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference2010
US CourtsContinuing Legal EducationBankruptcy Best Practices: Chapter 7 and 132010
Intellectual Property ColloquiumContinuing Legal EducationTim Wu and the Master Switch2010
WSBA2007 WSBA Solo and Small Firm ConferenceContinuing Legal Education2007
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar AssociationCutting Edge Issues in Real EstateContinuing Legal Education2007
Washington and Oregon Continuing Legal EducationEthics of ADR and Medical MalpraciticeContinuing Legal Education2007
WSBAIntroducing the Public Records Act DeskbookContinuing Legal Education2006
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar AssociationElectronic Records ManagementContinuing Legal Education2006
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association2006 Year End Potpourri CLEContinuing Legal Education2006
Seattle University School of LawPublic Use and Public PurposeContinuing Legal Education2006
NALS of Pierce CountyCourt Rules SeminarContinuing Legal Education2003
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar AssociationMilitary Issues in Family LawContinuing Legal Education2003
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association9th Annual Bar ConventionContinuing Legal Education2003
Washington Law Foundation UniversityTechnology Law Practice ForumContinuing Legal Education2003
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar AssociationAdvanced Title 26 GAL/Parenting Investigator WorkshopContinuing Legal Education2003
US Bankruptcy CourtElectronic Case Filing TrainingContinuing Legal Education2003
Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, LPInsights: Technology Companies in DistressContinuing Legal Education2002
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar AssociationPrivacy and Other Issues in Information AccessContinuing Legal Education2002
King County Bar AssociationRepresenting High Tech CompaniesContinuing Legal Education2000
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
ARIS CorporationORACLE 7 FoundationORACLE 7 Foundation1998
SAS InstituteSAS Programming and Analysis CertificateSAS Programming and Analysis1996
Simpson CollegeBusiness Management With Emphasis in TechnologyBA - Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude1992
Microsoft CorporationNT Server 5.0 FundamentalsNT Server 5.0 Fundamentals1992
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolManagementManagement Training Course1991
Rockhurst CollegeSupervisor TrainingSuperviser Training Course1989
Pryor Resources, Inc.Project ManagementProject Management Training1988
Help Desk Training & Consulting, Inc.Novell Server EducationNovell Server Educational Program1988
Des Moines Area Community CollegeBusiness and ComputersAssociate in Science Degree1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bankruptcy Litigation 101Bankruptcy Litigation 1012013
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association CLEComputer & Ethics2009
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association YearCollecting, preserving, analyzing and presenting computer data for the legal community2007