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David Stanley Marshall

David Stanley Marshall

Strong Defense for High-Stakes Cases
  • Criminal Law
  • Washington
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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.

University of California - Berkeley
J.D. (1974)
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Cornell University
B.A. (1970) | Government
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Professional Experience
Defense Bar Representative
Washington Governor’s Sex Offender Task Force
Defense Bar Representative
Child Sex Abuse Investigation Work Group
Volunteer Attorney
Innocence Project Northwest
Volunteer Attorney
Volunteer Attorney
Central American Refugees
Volunteer Attorney for three imprisoned men
Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
Pro Bono Award
National Law Journal
Awarded for freeing persons wrongly imprisoned in the Wenatchee, Washington “child sex abuse ring” scandal
AV Preeminent®
Highest possible rating for legal skills and ethics
Washington Super Lawyer
Top Lawyer
Seattle Met Magazine
Professional Associations
National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center
Charter Member
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Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Past Co-Chair
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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King County Bar Association
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Washington State Bar  # 11716
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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    When someone hires a lawyer, they will likely have two kinds of expense: fees and costs. Fees are paid to compensate attorneys for the work they and their staffs do. Fees—Fees can be set in different ways. The two ways used by the Marshall Defense Firm are hourly fees and fixed fees. Hourly fees are fees computed at so many dollars per hour. The client’s total expense in fees depends on the amount of time attorneys and paralegals work for the client. The attorney takes payment monthly for the previous month’s work. A fixed fee (sometimes called a “flat fee”) is a fee set for the entire case or project, regardless of how much time the attorneys and paralegal need to work. Fixed fees are paid at the start of a case and are usually not refundable even if the case turns out not to take much time. Many clients like them because they give the client certainty about the total fee. Costs—Attorneys use the word “costs” for the out-of-pocket expenses they incur while working for a client. Some costs, like courier charges, are usually small. Others, like payments for the services of investigators and expert witnesses, are often large. Each client pays all costs the attorney incurs in representing the client. How Fees and Costs are Paid—Our clients make deposits to our firm’s trust account. A trust account is a bank account in which an attorney holds money that is the property of the attorney’s clients. When some of that money becomes due to the attorney, the attorney takes payment by removing it from the trust account. If a client pays a fixed fee, that payment will not rest long in the attorney’s trust account. Since the entire fee is due immediately, the attorney removes it from the trust account as soon as feasible. If the client pays an hourly fee, the client makes deposits to the trust account as the case progresses, to ensure payment for anticipated work. The attorney withdraws money from the trust account each month to pay for the previous month’s work. Regardless of the kind of fee the client pays, the client deposits funds to a trust account to pay costs as they arise. Summary—Clients who pay fixed fees make trust deposits to pay costs. Clients who pay hourly fees make trust account deposits to pay both fees and costs.
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The Marshall Defense Firm
1001 4th Avenue
Suite 4400
Seattle, WA 98154
Telephone: (206) 202-1633
Fax: (206) 826-1462