David W. Duce

david duceDavid W. Duce is a lifetime resident of Snohomish County. Since 1985 David’s work has focused on injury litigation from preventable incidents. He has represented hundreds of people who have suffered a serious injury to themselves or experienced the death of a loved one because someone else chose to violate the rules that are supposed to keep us all safe.

David puts it this way:

““In my view, injured people and their families pay a steep personal price when others chose to do things that put the rest of us at risk. Justice for my clients means not only that they are fully and fairly compensated for their losses but that rule breakers are deterred from repeating conduct that puts all of the rest of us at risk of suffering the same fate.””

When a person gets a driver’s license he or she makes a promise, a commitment, to everyone else in our community that he or she will follow the rules of the road. We have a right to expect people to keep that promise. By keeping this promise we protect each other as a community. We have a right to expect that our doctors will truly listen to us and follow the policies and procedures developed over the years to keep us safe when we put our lives in their hands. Certainly, we have the right to expect that nursing homes, who are entrusted with the care of some of our most vulnerable family members, will have enough qualified staff on hand to protect residents from harm and abuse. As consumers, we have a right to expect that commercial businesses will keep their buildings and their products safe. When these expectations are not met, and someone is hurt or killed as a result, justice requires that we hold the wrongdoers accountable. It doesn’t take long for people to stop following safety rules if the people who break those rules are not held accountable. Preventing future harm is one of the most important purposes of our civil justice system. It is a privilege to work within a legal system that helps those who are hurt in preventable incidents find justice and, at the same time, makes our community a safer place to live and raise our families.

David Duce received his law degree, awarded Magna Cum Laude, from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1984. He graduated as the law school’s Terry M. Giles Honor Scholar. He was also awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for excellent achievement in the Study of Evidence and was published in the University’s Law Review. Following graduation from law school, David clerked for Judge Paul Hansen of the Snohomish County Superior Court. He began his private practice of law in May 1985.

David Duce is admitted to the Washington State Bar Association, the United States Federal District Court, Western District of Washington and the United States Supreme Court Bar. He is a long time Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice and the former Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Section of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.

David Duce is an “AV Rated” attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. An “AV Rating” is awarded when a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. An attorney with this rating has usually practiced law for many years and is recognized by peers as possessing the highest levels of skill and integrity.

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Professional Experience:

Duce Bastian Peterson
David W. Duce, Inc. P.S.
Attorney & President
May 1985 to Present

Snohomish County Superior Court
Clerk to Judge Paul Hansen
January 1985 to May 1985

Highest Competency Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
Rated AV

Membership:

Washington State Bar Association
1985 to Present
United States District Court
Western District of Washington

1985 to Present
Washington State Association for Justice
Chairman, Medical Negligence Section 2000-01
Eagle Member
1986 to Present

United States Supreme Court
1991 to Present

Legal Education:

Pepperdine University School of Law
Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude (Dec. 1984)
Terry M. Giles Honor Scholar 1984
Graduated in Top 3% of Class
American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence 1983
Moot Court Board 1984

Keenan Ball Trial College
Atlanta, Georgia
Course Work in Advanced Trial Advocacy (2014)