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David Sho Ly

Litigation Attorney

3.4   5 reviews
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also known as Sho, Ly

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Misdemeanors and Felonies.

    7 years

  2. Litigation
    Civil Litigation.

    7 years

  3. Personal injury
    Motor Vehicle Collision, Slip & Falls, Premises Liability.

    7 years

  4. Immigration
    Family-based and Employment-based Green Card Applications.

    7 years

Licensed for 7 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 03/18/2023

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3.4 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Jessica | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in the Biz
I worked with Sho over the past few years settling a personal injury claim. He was always responsive to my requests, answered every question I had in ways I understood and not in foreign legal terminology. He was very patient with me, given the fact I had never been through this process before, He really spent a lot of time helping me understand the process, step by step, from the beginning to the end. I recently started a new case with Sho and will continue to return for his services for any future representation needs, as well as refer him to family and friends! He and the associates at Lee and Lee are truly the best in the business, I couldn't say enough great things! I am very grateful!
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Posted by Kristin | May 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient, professional and helpful
Sho Ly was an excellent attorney on my case. He is very helpful, always professional, and I felt he was taking my case seriously. He answers emails right away, and followed up on everything he said. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional lawyer and satisfying outcome
Sho is very professional in dealing with my case, in which I got a criminal charge, and the outcome was in my favor. He and his assistant is consistently prompt with answering phone calls, replying emails and contacting mental consulting program which is required in the case for me. Very nice person and excellent attorney to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
This incapable counsel, please stays at home forever
Monster David sho Ly! You know what you did to me! Keep me in jail to extort more and more money from my 70 years uneducated parents! Threatened me plead guilty to unlawful inprisonment!! You know I am innocent! You asked me how I could prove she lied?! Isn’t it a lawyers job to investigate and find out the truth?! And you asked me how I can prove she lied?! Are you kidding me? You don’t know anything about laws, and you threatened me plead guilty and sign a no contact order for life for me without my consent?! Not even let me out before sentencing court! ( I asked the judge to release me because my sentence was one month! And I had been in jail almost 4 months!! you told the judge I had an ice hold! I didn’t have a place to stay!!) you lied to my parents so they ended my lease w a power attorney paper then you can charged them for the paper too) is it because you can keep extra $30,000 you didn’t transfer back to my parents!! ( you only transferred $120,000 back while my parents transferred you $150,000 for my bail) they are old and uneducated! That’s why you think you can control them and keep me in jail to take extra $11,000, $30,000 and how much more you took from them!!?! I believe there are more than $8,000+ $11,000 + $30,000!!! I should have fired you in front of judge if I was not that calm!! You told judge I was emotional, I was not emotional at all!! I didn’t do anything and you threatened me to plead guilty to a felony!! You didn’t let me change lawyers because you couldn’t take that $30,000 from my parents!? Right?!?! You are a monster!! Stay at home forever!! Don’t ruin other peoples lives anyone!!!!
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Posted by Wendi | May 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Dishonest lawyer, money greedy, ineffective counsel...
This lawyer made me locked in jail for 65 days for no reason. My family transferred them my bail $150,000 early March, hoping this lawyer bail me out ( this lawyer never tried to ask the judge lower bail $150,000 when he took over my case from public defender, he even said I couldn't post the bond becuae I am not an American, and I don't have estate in the usa, so I had my family transfer full bail to this lawyer). When this lawyer received $150,000 ( which was transferred to the lawyer's same bank account that $8000 lawyer fee was transferred to. But this lawyer told me bail $150,000 was transferred to their turst account.) They received the bail $150,000 on March 7th, and then this lawyer told me the officer in jail said I had an ice hold. So he didn't suggest bail me out, because I might not be allowed to go to court once i was sent to ice. And they let me sit in jail till this case over. ( somehow I felt they did whatever they could to keep me jail for some reason i didnt understand.) I insisted i wanted to be sent to ice. Then this lawyer told me $150,000 is not mine, that's my father's money. I had to ask my father. But they kepy telling my father ice is much worse than jail, my father is over 70 and not well educated. He trusted whatever the lawyer told him as if this lawyer can decide i am alive or dead. ( now when I think back, it's more like this lawyer "kidnapped" me and tried to control my father?!?!) And due to this lawyer's inexperience and ineffectiveness, he could not convince prosecutor, he asked me to plead guilty to another felony, unlawful imprisonment, which I didn't commit. While my original charge is stalking felony, and this is my first time jail. I've never had record, and he also agrees on no contact order for life, the victim's advicate asks for, he signed this no contact order for life on my behelf without having me read it nor my content before sentencing court. ( in this no contact order, it said I threat individual safety by possessing firearm or dangerous weapon, which is apparently false statement. But this lawyer signed the order for me anyway.) And the funny and meaningless thing to me is this lawyer asked for one month sentencing while I had been in jail for almost 4 months. ( my offend score is 0, and my sentencing is 1-3 months. So I couldn't help asking myself why he asked for this meaningless and funny deal?!?!) I was released right after sentencing. And now i still didn't know whether or not I really had ice hold. Because not anyone from ice talked to me when i was in jail. And I never got any papers from ice saying I had ice hold. Instead, I was released from jail right after sentencing. I didn't go to ice. This lawyer held on to my bail $150,000 from March 7th till April 27, ( they transferred $ 120,000 back to my family on my court date 4/27 i said to him and interpreter they kept the money $150,000 for almost 2 months, not return it back nor bail me out) now, they still hold $30,000 after i have been released for more than 2 weeks.
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Work Experience

  • In-House Staff Attorney
  • A Place for Mom, Inc.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lee & Lee, PS
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Rule 9 Legal Intern
  • Lee & Lee, PS
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • King County Superior Court, The Honorable John Chun
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Legal Intern
  • Lee & Lee, PS
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Civil Litigation Extern
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2013
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  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Seattle University - Albers School of Business & Economics
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2015
  • Oregon State University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Civil Forfeiture Matter in 9/2017
  • Bank funds eventually returned to client
  • Civil Fraud Lawsuit
  • Dismissal
  • False Statement to Public Servant
  • Dismissal
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  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington
  • President
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington
  • President-Elect
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington
  • Secretary
  • 2016 - 2017
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • Japanese
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Honors and Awards

  • International Criminal Law CALI Award
  • CALI
  • 2015
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2012


Speaking Engagements

  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington Annual Banquet
  • Master of Ceremonies
  • 2018
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington Annual Banquet
  • Master of Ceremonies
  • 2017
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of Washington Annual Banquet
  • Master of Ceremonies
  • 2016
  • Transitions: A Career and Networking Event For JET Alumni
  • Life After JET
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse David
Immigration Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sho is very intelligent and knows how to navigate the legal system. He is motivated to get the best outcome for his clients. He also gives back to the community as a volunteer, and I would recommend this attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sho is a highly skilled attorney who is well respected in the legal community and gets results."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David understands the complexities laden within immigration law. I have confidence in his ability to help individuals achieve their goals within this area of the law."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sho is sharp, smart, and kind. I’ve known Sho since Law School and I do not exaggerate when I say that he is one of the hardest working lawyers I know. Others can attest to this statement. His sharp critical thinking and attention to detail have ensured many favorable outcomes to his clients. In such a short time, Sho has become very knowledgeable on his areas of practice: personal injury, criminal defense, immigration, and other civil matters. Whenever my Family Law cases overlap with Sho's areas of practice, I always rely on him for guidance. I would recommend and endorse Sho as a civil litigation and criminal defense attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sho Ly is one of the hardest working young lawyers that I know. He is diligent and conscientious, and he is tireless in his pursuit of justice for his clients. I proudly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Sho. He is responsive and receptive to each individual’s needs, and he will diligently pursue the best possible legal outcome in every situation."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sho is an aggressive and pleasant to work with young attorney. He is diligent, focused, and very hard working. I am a co-board member of VABAW with Sho and absolutely love his radiant personality! He is driven to success. I admire his dedication and work ethic in helping his clients. I endorse attorney David Sho Ly."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is sharp and has excellent litigation and negotiation skills."
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Criminal defense
Speeding and traffic ticket
Personal injury
Car accident