Since 1997, David Marshall has been committed to providing the best possible defense to persons accused of child abuse, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and other special assaults. He does this in criminal cases, civil claims for compensation, Title IX disciplinary proceedings on college campuses, administrative hearings, dependency cases—any kind of case except family law. His commitment has shown in decades of victories, many in trial, and some without need for trial.
From his office in Seattle, David handles cases around Washington State and throughout the Northwest.
David began his career as a deputy prosecuting attorney. He decided to focus on child abuse and special assault defense several years after moving to private practice. His decision resulted from a case that came to him in 1995. He spent nearly a year developing the defense of a young man charged with molesting two young girls. Evidence against the man seemed overwhelming at times, but David’s investigation eventually showed the charges rested on bad interviewing and lying. A jury acquitted the man on all four counts, sparing him a likely 20-year prison sentence.
That trial showed David that an innocent person could easily be convicted, and have his life ruined, when falsely accused of child abuse. It also showed him that his strengths match the particular demands of defending child abuse and other special assault cases. It was then that he decided to focus on defending the accused in these sensitive cases—and to commit to keeping up with developments in psychology and medicine, as well as in the law, as it pertains to these kinds of cases.
In his pro bono publico work, David represented for eight years three prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
David and his wife have two sons. He loves to ski and to cycle and has coached youth soccer. He roots hard for the Seahawks.