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David J McAuliff

Attorney

4.5   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 15 years
    California - CA 28 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Disbarred Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2019
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled)

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

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Posted by Mimi | March 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David McAuliff is also a good Attoney for employer
I am an employer, I hired David in 2014. He represented me in L&I court. He is an experienced Attoney, he helped me set up L&I account, wrote protest statement, got witness statement and went through all the legal process. He has expertise in labor and employer legal proceedings, and his charge is reasonable.
Posted by Bruce | October 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
100% Commited Advocate Warrior!!!
In July, 2013 I agreed to meet my employer at the privacy of her office site after I'd completed my workday, on my own time, to discuss some pressing issues at my workplace to benefit the harmony of the company. As I was walking to the building, she opened the door and came out speaking and as I looked up at her I ended up stepping into a previously unfilled area alongside the sidewalk and doing a 360 degrees full body turn landing full-impact and crushing my left shoulder. instead of even being asked if I was allright, the 2nd manager who ran out simply announced to me, "this happened off the clock, so you know this isn't L&I?" Embarrassed by the fall, I got up and proceeded to go in and have the aforementioned meeting I arrived for. Starting the very next day the company immediately orchestrated to circle the wagons and it only proceeded to get increasingly more difficult for me to work there. I went about doing my job and after physical therapy for a few weeks it was determined I should have surgery to avoid atrophying my muscles, etc in my shoulder and arm. In early November, I had complicated, invasive surgery and it was highly recommended I take off the full 6 months to fully recuperate, but as I only had my 3 weeks of owed vacation/sick time available, I didn't have the luxury of time off and went back to work only 6-weeks later. Instead of being thankful in the least, I was forced to obtain guidelines/restrictions from my surgeon to hand in as it was assumed I would work as if nothing happened. It wasn't until after I'd returned to work did I finally entertain the idea of obtaining counsel to fight them and attempt opening an L&I claim as I should have at the onset; but in an effort to get along I'd attempted not to cause confrontation where I worked... It was then I went in for a free consultation at an Everett law firm and they were gracious enough to specifically recommend David McAuliff to me. Soon, I met with him at his office and walked away feeling comfortable with and fully confident in him as I signed the paperwork and retained him. One of the smartest moves I've ever met. David proceeded to tell me what he was going to do to help me and fulfilled everything promised and much more. He fought and got my L&I case opened as he had me do my part in going to doctors, etc. The employer fought every step along the way which was compounded in my refusal to quit my job and just walk away. It was challenging, but I have integrity and had done nothing wrong. Even more so, Mr. McAuliff proved to be the one with immense integrity and grit as he advocated for me at every turn, ultimately 6 months later defeating my employers via a preliminary fact-finding conference call between David and myself, the employer's representative and a 3-panel Judgeship. With the honorable Judge moderating, my opposition essentially announced they had been in the wrong and when asked by the Judge if they intended to proceed with the case to court, they threw in the towel and it was over and my L&I case was allowed. I could never have desired am more positive outcome. David further obtained a settlement and continued care for me which was invaluable as ultimately my employers had trumped up an excuse to finally terminate me and then deny my going to Unemployment to request benefits. I share all this to encourage all who find themselves personally in a similar situation of helplessness and hopelessness at the mercy of dishonest, and self-serving oppressors, that there IS justice when you are fortunate enough as I with finding such a tireless, tenacious, honorable and completely committed advocate as David McAuliff. I have since retired with permanent disability and had I not been guided to David I can assure you my life now would have been much different.
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Posted by Roy | October 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer
I had a back injury working as a mechanic. L&I only allowed the claim just as a strain even though I told them there was something wrong with my leg. Then they closed my case. Mr. McAuliff got with my doctors and then with L&I. They reopened my case for the nerve problem that was their all along. They closed it again recently but thats ok. I'm back to work and they paid an award for part disability. Thank you Mr. McAuliff.
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Posted by joe | February 19, 2015
David vs Goliath
I originally hurt my neck in 2006 and had surgery in 2007 which was a disectomy @ c5 n c6 with fusion, I returned to work and had no problems until May 2012. The neck pain and arm numbness returned, my primary care physician suggested I reopen my L&I claim. L&I approved a Mri in May of 2012 which should a herniated disk @ c6 n c7. I was referred to neurosurgeon for surgery but before L&I required a IME in July they stated my condition had not worsened so the denied the reopening of my claim. I filed a appeal which was also denied and was told that the only thing I could do was to get a Lawyer and fight L&I. I was referred to a great Lawyer David McAuliff, David nows the L&I laws inside and out David accepted my case and with the great work from David I won my case in November 2013. I had my second neck surgery February 2014. Without David I wouldn't have won this case, he is very knowledgeable and personable and really cares for his clients.
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Posted by Tim | June 4, 2014
Excellent Representation
I can't tell you what a relief it was to have Mr. McAuliff represent me in my L&I claim. He always had time to talk to me and listen to what I was worried about. Before I hired him, I didn't understand the process, the questions, or where I stood. David helped me understand the issues and what had to be done. Eventually, I received a pension and I'm grateful for all of his help.
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Posted by Luis | May 24, 2014
Very Good L&I Attorney
I would definitely recommend Mr. McAuliff. Sedgwick had closed my case. He helped me to open it back up again and get timeloss started. He kept me in the loop as my case went along.
Posted by Janet Smith | October 1, 2010
Workers Compensation Attorney in Everett, WA
It was a pleasure working with David. I strongly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2014
Doesn't return your calls
i hired David after my last lawyer completely dropped the ball on my claim. David sounded good at the time, but as time went on, he was harder to reach. I have been trying to reach him for 3 months and he has NEVER called back. On the rare occasion I actually reach him, I have to restate what has happened last, he can't access my claim on-line or the systems are down. I will no longer be using his services and would not recommend him!
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AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

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

Disbarment issued in WA, 2019
updated on 07/10/2019

This is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the the Washington State Bar to understand the reasons for this disbarment.

Suspension issued in WA, 2018
updated on 10/26/2018

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.

Suspension issued in WA, 2016
updated on 09/20/2016

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.

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Zenith Ins. Co. v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd. (Azizi) 153 Cal.App.4th 461
  • Decision in favor of Zenith; award annulled.

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (17)
Endorse David
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is a skilled attorney who thoroughly understands his cases. I highly recommend David."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Other
"A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. I can definitely endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent contributions and an asset to the AVVO community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse David. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Workers compensation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Other
"Mr. McAuliff is an excellent attorney and contributor here. He handles primarily workers compensation and social security cases, two difficult areas. I have no problem endorsing him as an attorney."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a hard-working and knowledgable attorney. He approaches each case with dedication and tenacity. I recommend David if you are seeking assistance with a Workers Compensation case."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. McAuliff is an excellent attorney. His thoughtful contributions to the legal community reflect a first rate legal mind. I strongly endorse Mr. McAuliff as a champion of workers' rights."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers on AVVO has convinced me that he is a lawyer that I'd recommend without reservation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I send all my clients with Workers Compensation claims to David knowing they are in good hands as I have found him to be a knowledgeable professional who knows the ins and outs of Workers Comp law having worked extensively on both sides of the system."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David is a tireless worker who pays great attention to detail in each and every case. He has a strong foundation of legal expertise and has the experience needed to ensure the best possible outcome for his workers compensation clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of working with David on a number of workers' compensation matters. He is a zealous advocate for his clients. They are lucky to have him on their side."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David does very good work. He is smart and works hard for his clients to get great outcomes."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a highly skilled attorney who works tirelessly for his clients. I highly recommend David."
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