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David James Crouse

Divorce and separation Attorney at Spokane, WA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1993
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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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  1. Divorce and separation
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    My practice has been limited to family law for 20 years. While my practice emphasizes significant asset, business valuation and professional practice cases, my firm handles every area of family law, to include child custody, visitation, support modification actions, contempt actions and similar family law needs. Each attorney focuses on a specific area of family law so that the client receives the best possible service at a very reasonable rate.

    31 years, 4,000 cases

 

    David Crouse is the founding partner of David J. Crouse & Associates.  In 1991 he won the Linden Cup competition at the Gonzaga University School of Law as the law school’s best oral advocate.  In 1992, he followed that up with the National Moot Court award for best written brief in competition involving every United States law school.  He has been elected to the Order of  Barristers for excellence in courtroom advocacy, and has received multiple American Jurisprudence Awards for legal writing and courtroom advocacy.  He has been published in the Gonzaga Law Review, Spokane Woman Magazine, Northwest Woman Magazine, and has been featured in articles in the Spokesman Review and in other radio, television and media forums.

  

In June 2014, Addicus Publishing released the book “Divorce in Washington”, which was authored exclusively by David Crouse.  Divorce in Washington is now available at the Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple store websites. It is also available on Kindle, Nook, and I-Books and at the Addicus website, .  A courtesy book is always available to all firm clients.

   

 After graduation from the Gonzaga School of law in 1993 with honors, David’s practice has focused exclusively on family law cases.   This was a practice model not generally seen in the region.  David J. Crouse & Associates is now Spokane County’s largest law firm focused exclusively on family law.  David is not only rated as “10.0 Superb” by AVVO, he has multiple “Best Attorney” awards.  He is a frequent lecturer in Washington family law CLE (Continuing Legal Education) courses for other attorneys.  David has also served as a Spokane County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem.

  

An intense client advocate, one of the trademarks of David’s representation is the ability to make a high quality, well-prepared presentation in the courtroom and to deliver written documents of equal quality to the assigned judicial officer.  “Truly, the attorney you select will make a difference in the outcome of your case.”  David has extensive experience in business valuation and professional practice cases, backed by a team of highly qualified professionals.  Few attorneys in the region have similar experience.  

 

    Please visit our firm website for more detailed information  about each attorney's practice focus and experience. "Exclusively Family Law.  Exceptional Results."

 

Location

David James Crouse
422 W Riverside Ave Ste 920
Spokane, WA, 99201-0302

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Posted by Jacob Powers | November 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service
I hired David J Course & Associates to write up some legal documents. This law firm was very professional and timely. I appreciate their attention to detail and dedication to the clients. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to get work done.
Posted by Francine | November 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent financial advice
I hired David Crouse to represent me. My biggest need was for financial advice. His advice was perfect. Everything he said would happen, did happen. I couldn't be happier with the results.
Posted by Michelle | October 30, 2018
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Highly Recommend
David is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. I was well represented and knew I was in the best hands possible. He listened and gave me sound advice. I was confident in him through the entire process.
Posted by Phill | August 3, 2017
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The advocate you need.
David Crouse is a very thorough attorney. He is always professional, and maintains a perfect balance of patience, courtesy, and persistence – regardless of the situation. He made himself available, understood my issues, and developed a plan right away; ultimately negotiating an agreement that worked for everyone. I just wish I had hired him sooner.
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Posted by Scott | July 25, 2017
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Excellent business valuation work
I own a franchise of a nationwide corporation. I hired David Crouse to complete a business valuation for me given his work in this area. I was very pleased with his valuation work. It was very thorough. Mr. Crouse also referred me to a excellent corporate attorney, Brian Gosline, to complete the transaction. I highly recommend him for any business valuation work.
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Posted by Shannon | July 21, 2017
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Very professional
Everyone at the law office made me feel very comfortable. I really trusted David Crouse. His assistant Sandi was really nice and helpful. They all did great work. I really recommend David Crouse and all of his staff.
Posted by Shari | July 12, 2011
An Excellent Family Law Attorney in Court
When I needed a divorce attorney, I asked a family friend (who is a Spokane County judge) who he would hire. He told me David Crouse, so I hired him. When we went to court for the temporary orders hearing, there was no comparison between my husband's attorney and Mr. Crouse. Mr. Crouse's declarations were far better and his argument to the court was so much better than my husband's attorney. Again, there was no comparison at all. We completely won the temporary orders hearing. In fact, just a few days after the hearing, my husband contacted me and wanted to settle. The day I was in court, I heard several other attorneys make their arguments on other cases. None of them were even close to as good as Mr. Crouse. I got a great result thanks to Mr. Crouse. I highly, highly reccomend him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2011
the best family law attorney in Spokane
My experience with retaining attorney, David J. Crouse has been excellent. He is very knowledge about issues of family law with his years of experience. He is a strong advocate for any kids involved and the situation. In court he is aggressive and uses his knowledge, concern, and diplomacy to work with your case. I have hired David for my divorce, adoption and ongoing child custody/parenting plan issues. I would not hire anyone else !
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Posted by James | December 16, 2010
Excellent result and extreme knowledge of the law
I was very pleased of the results that David was able to get for me. I received full custody after my ex-wife sought to relocate with my children. David also successfully guided me through multiple highly contested hearings in regards to a parental plan and child support. David was very thoughtful, very communicative and professional, and offered solutions to any matter that I brought to his attention. David also has a wonderful staff that is very helpful and informed. I would recommend David to any that would need his services.
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Posted by Jason | February 19, 2010
The Best in Spokane
The old adage "you get what you pay for" rings true. Can you find an attorney with a lower retrainer requrement? Yes. Will that attorney be as good as Mr. Crouse? Not Likely. After years of being pushed around by my ex and bad advice from milktoast attorney's that would rather mediate than fight for your rights as a father, Mr. Crouse was a breath of fresh air. If you are a father going through a divorce, or already divorced and still having trouble with your ex, I HIGHLY reccomend David Crouse.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2009
Great Attorney
David Crouse is an great attorney. He came highly recommended from a number of local professionals, but even so I was impressed with his dedication to my case and hard work to achieve my goals. My case had some fairly complicated business and professional issues (property division/valuation of business), but David worked hard to get the proper evidence to the court and protect my interests. I would not hesitate to recommend him to others who have a professional practice or significant business holdings that need individual and specialized attention. Communication is also one of Dave's strong suits. Throughout my case he kept in touch, let me know what was going on, and had no problems calling me back on the same day or the next day. A straight opinion on the issues in my case was also helpful. Dave let me know how we would work to achieve my goals, but also gave me some straight talk about things which were not likely to go my way and explained how we would toward other goals.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • David J Crouse & Associates
  • 1995 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Spokane County Superior Court
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Asociate and Partner - Family Law
  • Goss, Hipperson & Sampson
  • 1993 - 1994

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1993
  • Gonzaga University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Visvydis v. Fawcett, Spokane County Superior Court
  • Client wins motion over firearms
  • Marriage of Tye, 121 Wn.App. 817 (2004)
  • Court of Appeals, Divsion III granted Mr. Crouse's appeal setting the case law standard for removal of a judge from a case.
  • In re the Custody of K.G., Docket Nos. 17251-1 and 17252-0
  • Spokane County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem David Crouse's custody decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Associate Editor
  • 1991 - 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Attorney: Divorce/Separation
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2020
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers
  • American Registry
  • 2020
  • Top 3 Divorce Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2020
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2020
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2019
  • Best Attorney: Divorce/Separation
  • Spokane Couer d' Alene Magazine
  • 2019
  • Best Attorney: Divorce/Separation
  • Spokane Couer d'Alene Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney North America - Family/Divorce (Washington State)
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2018
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2018
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • Best Attorney: Divorce/Separation
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney North America - Family/Divorce (Washington State)
  • Top Attorneys North America - Who's Who Directories
  • 2017
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney North America - Family/Divorce (Washington State)
  • Top Attorneys North America - Who's Who Directories
  • 2016
  • Best Attorney: Divorce/Separation
  • Spokane Couer d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best Attorney: Divorce/Separation
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2015
  • Best Attorney: Divorce/Separation
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2014
  • Excellence In Courtroom Advocacy
  • Order of Barristers and Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 1993
  • Best Legal Brief In Nation
  • National Moot Court
  • 1993
  • Linden Cup - Winner, best oral advocate
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 1992
  • William O. Douglas Award - Courtroom Advocacy
  • National Moot Court
  • 1992
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Moot Court Competition
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1992
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Legal Research and Writing
  • Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
  • 1991
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Publications

  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Common and Not So Common Family Law Issues and Answers
  • 2018
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Ethics In Family Law
  • 2018
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Finance 101 for Family Law Practitioners
  • 2018
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Discovery In Divorce
  • 2018
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Handling Divorce Cases From Start To Finish
  • 2017
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Valuing Active and Passive Assets
  • 2015
  • Addicus Publishing
  • Book: Divorce In Washington
  • 2014
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Business and Professional Practice Valuations
  • 2013
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Complex Asset Divorce Cases
  • 2013
  • Washington State Bar CLE publication
  • Discovery in Divorce: Discovering Hidden Assets
  • 2011
  • Northwest Woman Magazine
  • Spokane County Divorce Issues
  • 2010
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Washington Case Law Update
  • 2008
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • An Instropective Look Into Family Law
  • 2006
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Ethics: Family Law Fee Agreements
  • 2005
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Handling Washington Divorce Cases
  • 2004
  • Spokane Woman Magazine
  • Demystifying Child Support
  • 1994
  • Gonzaga Law Review, Volume 28, Number 2
  • Vinny Faye v. United States of America
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law From A To Z
  • Ethics In Divorce
  • 2018
  • Family Law From A To Z
  • Finance 101 for Family Law Practitioners
  • 2018
  • Family Law From A To Z
  • Discovery In Divorce
  • 2018
  • April Monthly Meeting - Spokane
  • The Role of Mentors in the Legal Profession
  • 2017
  • Divorce Law; Dividing Assets
  • Valuation of Assets
  • 2015
  • The Maggie Linton Show - Sirius XN Radio Network Ch. 110, Nationally Syndicated Radio
  • The Maggie Linton Show - Marriage and Divorce
  • 2014
  • NOW with David Byrd - Voice Of America International Radio Network
  • Three Signs Your Marriage Is Heading For Divorce
  • 2014
  • KXLY AM 920, Spokane, WA
  • Bud Nameck Show
  • 2014
  • KLIV-AM 1590, San Francisco - San Jose, CA Radio
  • Living Better with Matthew Burrows
  • 2014
  • KHTS-AM 1220, Los Angeles/Santa Clarita Radio
  • "Dr. Thomas Polucki Family Health Hour"
  • 2014
  • KHHT-FM 92.3, "Hot 92.3", Los Angeles Radio
  • The Community Review with Josefa Salinas
  • 2014
  • Issues Today Nationally Syndicated Radio
  • Issues Today with Bob Gourley
  • 2014
  • Healing Our World with Mary Tocco - Republic Broadcasting Network Nationally Syndicated Radio
  • "Healing Our World" - Marriage and Divorce
  • 2014
  • Family Law CLE: Staying in the Lines When Your Case is Outside the Box
  • Business Valuations for the Family Law Practitioner
  • 2013
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Navigating Complex Asset Cases
  • 2013
  • WSBA Family Law Section Mid-Year Conference CLE
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Assets: Discovering Hidden Assets
  • 2011
  • SCBA Family Law CLE
  • An Introspective Look Into Family Law
  • 2006
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Family Law Skills Institute
  • 2005
  • SCBA Family Law CLE
  • Family Law Practice Management
  • 2005
  • NBI - Fami Law Skills CLE
  • Handling Washington Divorce Cases From Start To Finish
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (14)
Endorse David
Family Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a gifted advocate. I highly recommend him and can tell you with confidence that he has earned his place as one of the very top family law lawyers in our area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Crouse and I have had several cases over the years and I've always found his representation of his clients to be superb. He is well respected in our community and is a zealous advocate for his clients. He and the attorneys of his firm adhere to the highest ethical standards and professionalism. I would highly recommend him and the attorneys at his firm - if I had a conflict. :) Even if I didn't, I would have no hesitation recommending him or the attorneys in his firm. I highly recommend anyone looking at the AVVO reviews to take them as simply one factor in evaluating possible attorneys. Ask friends and family in the community. However, consistent good reviews by peer attorneys and clients are very good signs."
Family Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Crouse is an excellent courtroom attorney and strong advocate for his clients. He is very experienced and knowledgeable in family law. Mr. Crouse works with integrity and commits to obtaining the best result he can on each of his cases. I endorse this lawyer"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is an excellent courtroom attorney. He strives to achieve the highest results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Crouse is highly skilled in handling significant asset, business valuation, and professional practice divorce cases."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is highly experienced and competent in contested divorce cases with complex property issues or professional practices."
Family Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Crouse is an expert trial attorney who can leverage this skill to achieve very good results on each case he handles. He has a very good firm which is well equipped to handle any family law matter and is very responsive to client needs. Mr. Crouse has been focused on family law litigation for nearly 20 years, and the quality of work and his reputation in the community is unmatched."
Family Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He takes care of his clients, he's responsive to their concerns, he's knowledgeable in law and makes sure that his clients understand. His strongest quality is that he's a man of intergrity. Mr. Crouse is committed to his work, and demonstates this through the effort he makes for his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Crouse is exceptional in his field. I not only refer clients with confidence to David but I hired him to handle my own family law matter. I could have hired any attorney in town; David Crouse was the clear and easy choice."
Family Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Crouse is the preeminent family law trial attorney in Spokane. He has been practicing family law exclusively for over 19 years, representing clients ranging from high profile professionals to troubled young mothers in need of help. He is comfortable in the courtroom and a stellar advocate for clients. His record of achievement stands at the top among family law attorneys."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Crouse is an ethical and smart lawyer. He keeps his word and works very hard. He often allows cases to settle as he understands the likely outcome of a trial. If trial is necessary, his litigation skills are top notch."
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Spokane Divorce and separation Lawyer David James Crouse
David James Crouse
Divorce and separation Attorney
Spokane, WA
Licensed for 30 years