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David Martin Newman

Civil rights Attorney

5.0   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

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Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    I focus this area of my practice on Second Amendment (firearms rights) issues, including restoration of the right to possess firearms.

  2. Criminal defense
    I assist clients with expunging criminal-history records, vacating criminal convictions, and sealing court records.

  3. Debt collection
    I assist business and individual clients to collect debts and enforce court judgments. Services include litigation, asset location, and collection through garnishment and property seizure

  4. Personal injury
    Injury claims arising from vehicle collisions, slip-and-fall injuries, and other types of personal injury.


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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Jason | February 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Restored my gun rights like a mike Tyson knock out, he had the Judge signing my restoration like the champ he is! Sent me a portion of my retainer back when he could have kept it, beyond honest , fair low fees, gets back to you right away, a wonderful man of his word. thx David! JASON
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Posted by Jesse | July 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Most professional attorney i have met
I had incidents in my past life over 20 years ago. I met with several attorneys but there was always something that didn't feel right. I finally looked up several websites and found Mr. Newman and decided I would try one more time, it was the best decision I made, he was overly patient and explained the process perfectly, every time I had a question and called in he would always take my call and answer all my concerns. He worked on my case before I even hired him and spent his time on my case and always gave it to me straight, he even recommended what not to do, even though it meant he was not going to make any money from me even after working on the case "on his own time". David is the true meaning of what an attorney should be and represents the best in Washington; He is not in it for the money, he is in it for the people, even if you don't become his client, he will always try and help. I would recommend him 100% to anyone looking for an honest and professional experienced attorney. Thank you Mr. Newman for making it easier on me during this difficult episode of my life. Be blessed!!
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Posted by Pavel | October 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
One of a kind experience and result
There is a lot I could say about the wonderful experience I've had while working with David but the reviews speak for themselves. First of all, I have NEVER experienced such superb communication, starting with the initial consultation and ending with my rights being restored. Throughout the entire process I knew exactly when the petition was filed, when it was reviewed, when it was signed, sent off to various agencies for updates, etc., et. I have never waited more than half a day for a response to any of my inquiries or concerns. Having had a colorful past, having spent so much time and effort cleaning up the wreckage, I was very concerned and involved, yet David and his firm always made me feel as if I was their priority.... THAT to me is priceless. Because of a misdemeanor conviction almost 20 years ago, my Second Amendment rights were taken away. 4 months ago I called David and today I have my CPL and have made, and was approved for my first purchase. David thank you and your team for being so wonderful and making an otherwise rigorous process seem so seamless!
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Posted by Chris | August 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney experience I’ve had
I am so impressed with David’s structure in his law firm. From the first phone call talking me thru the steps in detail, to the follow up emails and final results, I couldn’t be happier. I would recommend his service to anyone!
Posted by Michael M | April 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, driven, effective
If you need successful results and appreciate courteous, professional service, you'll be pleased with the Rainier Law Group. I've been a client for over 7 years and am very happy that I chose to retain their services. David Newman's thoroughness, wide-ranging knowledge and experience make him an outstanding choice for an attorney. I enjoyed working with him and his staff, they are very helpful. I highly recommend the Rainier Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2017
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A credit to your profession.
Thank you for your hard word and efforts on my behalf. I credit the positive results that we achieved to your attention to detail and knowledge of the legal process. You under promised and over delivered! Thank you sir! L.VH
Posted by Jake | March 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best experience I've had with an attorney
Unfortunately in my lifetime I've made enough poor choices that I've come in contact with a handful of different attorneys in a few different fields that have represented me. Most have been fine, one or two I'd probably avoid in the future, and then David. David has just set the bar as high as one could expect in his area of law. From the very beginning he spoke with knowledge on my topic and with a level of professionalism that is rare these days. He was able to differentiate his services from his competitions without bad mouthing them, another rare trait in this industry. He was honest with my situation and set realistic goals. He met all of them and exceeded my expectations on time and with the honesty to refund a few dollars that were left over when he accomplished what he said he would. A complete restoration of my firearm rights that MANY MANY attorneys had told me wasn't possible. If you have been told no by others please call David before accepting that answer. If he says he can't you're probably sunk but if there is ANY way it can legally be done, David is your man. David, thanks again for restoring my rights and allowing me a second opportunity I didn't think I'd ever get again. A job very well done indeed.
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Posted by Thomas | July 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An expert in his field
Mr. Newman offered expert consultation and review of my firearms rights restoration case. I accepted a deferred dismissal in A 10 year old California DV case. While not barring me in California, Washington law prohibited me from possesing a firearm. This was a surprise to me, as I had purchased several firearms in California. I researched Washington law and spok3 to three other attorneys. Another "google" attorney who supposedely specializes in this field heard the word California and basically refused my case and would not even let me speak. She said "it's a CA problem". Some specialist. Mr. Newman spoke with me, listened to my circumstances, and explained the process. He reviewed the CA case, researched my eligibility for restoration, and advised me the enitire way. He was available throughout the process and always provided the answers I was needed. Not just an expert in his field but, a true gentleman. And of course once reviewing my eligibility, delivered the results he promised. I was able to purchase a pistol legally. I would recommend Mr. Newman highly to anyone.
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Posted by CC | July 4, 2016
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Gun rights restoration with special circumstnace
From the very first call to the completion of my firearm rights restoration, Mr. Newman exceeded my expectations of: communication, responsiveness, and professionalism. My case was not a normal firearms restoration case; I was original cited as a felon in possession of a firearm because my rights were not restored and my lack of information on my current firearm status. This was very alarming considering that a felon in possession of a firearm has a mandatory five year sentence. I immediately got on the internet, started my research and called lawyers. The incident happened on Saturday, and I started calling lawyers on Monday. The responses I got to my case were across the board, from: “You’re pretty much screwed” to “You got nothing to worry about.” The later responses were reassuring; however, most did not come with a plan on how I should not worry. Then I called the Rainier Law Firm and spoke to Mr. David M. Newman, and he was courteous and listened to my case. He immediately recognized the potential severity of my situation and laid out a plan on how to alleviate my situation. I’m sure Mr. Newman had larger cases and with greater concern, but he made me feel that my case was his top priority, not only through communications, but through actions and consistent updates on my case status. His rates for my case were very reasonable, even before the unexpected refund! My experience with Mr. Newman has been exceptionally awesome, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in the same situation.
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Posted by AN - Bothell | December 3, 2015
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Restore Gun Right
Mr. David Newman is a superb attorney! He is an extremely insightful and knowledgeable attorney. Regardless of the complexity of the matter, he is someone I know will consider not only legal strategy, but guidance practicalities in providing advices and litigation options. I recommend Mr. Newman because he made the whole situation go as quick and painless as possible. He returned my calls and emails promptly and kept me informed of the status of my case. He made it easy for me to understand all aspects of my case and was able to get me the best results possible.
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Posted by Rick | March 10, 2015
Criminal history correction and restoration of rights to own firearms
My legal issues involved an incomplete criminal history record with the Washington State Patrol’s database and the loss of my rights to own a firearm dating back to a 1983 felony offense. I received a deferred sentence and in 1985 my “Guilty” plea was reversed to “Not Guilty.” When I attempted to purchase a firearm, the NICS system denied the transaction and I was informed that the State of Washington needed to restore my rights to own a firearm, which seemed like a daunting task since I now live in Texas. I reached out to the Rainier Law group from the positive reviews that I found for David Newman. We spoke on the phone and I answered his questions. He reported that I would not need to travel to Washington State. David kept me informed through every step of the process. He also emailed me with regular updates and copies of emails and court filings. Though over 2,000 miles away, I never felt uninformed through the entire process. David’s professionalism resulted in the updating of my criminal history records and the restoring of my rights to own a firearm. I highly recommend David Newman and most appreciate the service he provided me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2015
Very satisfied
I found the Rainier Law group via a web search, I needed an expert and accomplished attorney to restore my firearms rights due to an issue going back more than 30 years. Doing due diligence via law review sites and various search engines returned many favorable responses concerning David M. Newman and his Law Office, so I decided to contact him. And am I glad I did… Our brief phone conversation was professional, on topic and to the point… Mr. Newman answered all of my questions in a very helpful and easy to understand manner. Although we never even met (I live on one side of the state and his office is on the other), I decided to contract with his office for the legal services I needed. Throughout the process Mr. Newman kept me informed of every move forward, gave me clear options whenever a decision was required, and was available via email whenever I had question. In actually a shorter time frame than he had suggested it would take, he lead the process to a successful outcome, and I never even had to appear in court. Based on my experience, I highly recommend the Rainier Law Group.
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Posted by Rick | July 19, 2014
Gun Rights Restoration
I would highly recommend David Newman to anyone who has their gun rights revoked. (in fact I already have) At our first meeting he outlined in detail the procedure, timeline and different scenarios that may effect the outcome. His retainer was more than fair and he accomplished my restoration rights well within the timeline he had originally proposed, There were left over funds from the restoration retainer which was promptly returned. He kept me very informed throughout the process and answered all my questions as they arose. He knows the procedure very well and had every answer to any questions I had asked. His billing was concise and very detailed and very easy to understand. I saw where all my retainer funds went and had no questions. I have hired several attorneys in the past and I was leery that if I had a question I had would be billed for his answer. Not the case here. He is what all attorneys should be. Fair, honest, trustworthy, professional and extremely qualified. If anyone needs their gun rights restored, David Newman is the one. Highly recommended. If needed I would without doubt hire him again. rw
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Posted by Kerrigan | March 14, 2014
The go-to firm for Second Amendment legal issues!
David Newman accomplished the near-impossible task of getting my firearms rights restored after 20 years of trying with other attorneys, all of which failed to perform. The Rainier Law Group is completely professional with a no-nonsense approach, a complete knowledge of firearms rights laws, and the legal system in Washington. I highly recommend David Newman!!
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Posted by Norm | August 3, 2011
Accomplished what we set out to do
I had what I think was sort of an odd problem, a 40 year old marijuana possession charge that became a felony in 2001 when the records were computerized and my firearms rights were suddenly denied. I'd been battling this for 10 years, including a full pardon from the Governor of Nebraska. Firearms purchases were still denied. Mr. Newman presented me with choices based on cost, worked with me to minimize the cost of my representation and ultimately had my rights restored at less than the estimated cost.
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Posted by Keith | June 1, 2011
David Newman is a hard worker!
I came in contact with Mr. David Newman through the Washington Arms Collectors association. I needed his help in having my sons firearms rights restored. Our first hurdle was in dealing with the King County Prosecutors office who incorrectly denied the firearms restoration based on flawed legal interpretation. This was followed by a flawed decision by King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel. Our next move was to the Washington State Court of Appeals where King County Proecutors office conceded they were wrong to deny the restoration. The Court of Appeals agreed and remanded it back to Judge Rietschel who finally restored the firearms rights. This entire process took almost 8 months and Mr. Newman never faltered, persevering on, each and every time. Mr. Newman kept us informed at each and every turn with emails or phone calls. I have been a law enforcement officer since 1977 and I have never met such a hard working attorney in my life. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Newman if you need an excellent, knowledgable attorney.
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Posted by Jim | April 14, 2011
Foreclosure Defense
David helped me avoid an imminent trustees sale of my home. With his help, I'm still here and he is still helping me. There is so much fraud and deception going on in the mortgage servicing business that it's difficult to decide how to fight back; or if to fight back. David is a smart and inquisitive guy who will help you to figure that out. Don't expect unrealistic promises from this guy. Honest and practical. No fee gouging. No arrogance. The only reason I rated him "good" rather than "excellent" as knowledgeable is because these loan servicer attorneys are tough opponents who know every trick in the book, legal and illegal, to take your home. And some of those tricks seem to be trade secrets. This foreclosure business is not a level playing field but David holds his own just fine. No receptionist politics to get through to him on the phone. He answers it himself. Prompt e-mail responses too. I recommed David with no hesitation at all.
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Posted by Bruce | April 1, 2011
Highly Recommend
I have used David's professional services four or five times over the past fifteen years. I have never been disappointed, which is quite remarkable since the issues involved potential litigation. David is very skilled in the courtroom and thinks extremely well on his feet. His Toastmaster experience may have something to do with that. As a former investigative reporter with the Spokesman-Review, he writes clearly and concisely. David presents his client's interest persuasively.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2011
Smart, trustworthy, and practical
I have known Dave Newman for decades. He is extremely intelligent and articulate and is one of the most trustworthy people I know. Among my personal friends and acquaintences I count at least a dozen attorneys, but among all of them Dave is the one I trusted to draft my personal will and related documents. He has also given me fast, practical, and reliable advice on how to handle landlord-tentant issues. His billing rate appears to be very low for an attorney of his experience and competence. Another quality that distinguishes Dave is that he speaks and writes in English rather than legalistic gobbeldygook. For many years before becoming an attorney, Dave was a newspaper reporter and editor. He knows how to translate legalese into plain English, and he knows how to draft a document that's not only legally precise and effective but also understandable. Professionally, I work with legal documents many times in any given month. It is rare to encounter a document drafted by another attorney that's as well-written as the doucments Dave has drafted for me. One of the most important attributes of a good attorney is personal integrity. Having known him for literally decades -- since long before he took up the practice of law -- I can vouch that Dave's integrity is of the highest caliber. Dave drafted my will and advised me on estate planning and the legalities of how my assets are divided up after I pass away. He quickly and concisely explained the rules and helped me to avoid pitfalls. Dave also has advised me several times on questions having to do with landlord-tenant law. He not only explained the law, but also gave good, practical advice on how to solve problems without incurring a lot of legal fees. He seemed ever-mindful of minimizing my legal bills. The advice he gave was not only legal but highly practical -- and very timely.
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Posted by Steve | March 31, 2011
Most helpful in personal legal issues
David assisted in the drafting of personal estate documents. My wife and I were quite pleased with the work. It was completed promptly and communication was excellent throughout the process. Several issues were uncovered during the work which David was able to resolve and explain quite well.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 265-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Assistant City Editor
  • The Spokesman-Review newspaper
  • 1984 - 1994


  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • University of Washington -Seattle
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Washington v. Smith, 158 Wn.App. 501 (2010)
  • Superior Court ruling upheld; client prevailed.


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • National Rifle Association
  • N/A
  • Washington Arms Collectors
  • N/A
  • Eastside Legal Assistance Program
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • N/A
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  • Pamphlet
  • Know Your Gun Rights
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • How to Avoid Identity Theft: Tips and Tricks
  • Identity Theft Prevention
  • 2012
  • Personal Protection in the Home
  • The Law of Self Defense in Washington
  • 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Criminal History Records: Erasing the Stain
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (12)
Endorse David
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We have associated on cases and I often refer difficult cases to David Newman. He has also been a source for obtaining new information when the NICS rulings change and other matters related to gun rights and civil litigation. Mr. Newman has taught Washington state gun laws in seminars where I have also presented information. He is always prepared and does a great job. He is very effective and well versed in the negotiations and public speaking engagements on which we have collaborated."
Debt collection Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David has helped me collect some debts, with remarkable efficacy. He has sound judgment and strong skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to see David Newman's work firsthand on several occasions, and in varying settings. Whether at the mediation table, in the courtroom, or in the office meeting with clients, I have always found David to be knowledgeable, creative, honest and prudent. I have referred clients to him the past and will do so in the future because I am confident in his ability to represent them."
Civil rights Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. He finds solutions for clients... and is totally willing to seek ideas from others to help his clients when matters are not within his primary practice areas. David's technical knowledge in the areas of civil litigation and Second Amendment rights is very far above the norm. David is a caring and thoughtful person and each client is an individual, not a statistic. David and I are working in the area of Second Amendment rights and firearms law, including development of a comprehensive gun trust system backed up by a consultative approach to asset protection and personal defense. David thinks outside the box, and correlates his own expertise with that of others. This is an unusually valuable skill in an attorney, since our profession often lives within our own legal "silos"."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was a co-counsel with David on a personal injury case. Thanks to David, the client got the maximum amount possible. David is an excellent trial lawyer, very aggressive and smart. In my book, David is 10 out of 10 here."
Trusts Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with David Newman on providing Firearms trusts with clients in his area. He has also worked on a presentation for potential clients on the risks of UPL and standard trusts for these unique aspects of the law."
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