Jim David was a deputy prosecutor in Clark County, Washington, for more than 30 years and now uses that experience to represent defendants.
As a prosecutor, Jim tried high-stakes cases — million-dollar frauds, vehicular homicides and aggravated murder. He was involved in precedent-setting cases and legislation that shaped laws related to drunken driving, identify theft, elder abuse and fraud.
For example, in State v. Long, 113 Wn. 2d. 266, David argued that juries should not be barred from being told that a drunken driving suspect refused to take a breath test. The Washington State Supreme Court agreed, reversing prior decisions and fundamentally changing how DUI cases are handled.
He also successfully lobbied state lawmakers to extend the statute of limitations for fraud, preventing fraudsters from escaping justice because they were able to conceal their crime long enough to get away with it.
Jim for many years chaired the Clark County Vulnerable Adult Task Force and developed the plan for the Elder Justice Center in Vancouver, Washington. He taught at the local, state and national levels on subjects such as thefts, frauds, bail, elder abuse, identity theft, the right to a speedy trial, and the search and seizure laws. His handling of an identity theft case was presented at the National District Attorney’s Association conference as a case study and has been used to train prosecutors in the U.S. and Canada.
Now in private practice, Jim represents clients in criminal and civil cases as one of the owners of Northwest Legal Advocates, LLC. The firm has experience in representing people in personal injury cases, labor issues and other types of civil and criminal litigation.
People are wrongly accused. False allegations destroy reputations and ruin lives. As an expert on the constitutional rights of the accused, Jim ensures his clients are treated fairly by police and prosecutors. The stakes are high, a conviction has lasting impact on a person’s life.
Justice demands defendants have a spirited defense. The system depends on it. A prosecutor once thanked Jim for uncovering evidence that exonerated a defendant. As Martin Luther King Jr said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of Puget Sound.
His public service has included serving on the board of directors of several charities that provide food, shelter, housing, drug treatment and other services. He has been active in supporting employees and organized labor. He was a union member and guild officer and advocated for workers.