Senior Counsel

(206) 749-0500

Dave’s 30 years of litigating in both the public sector and in private practice have allowed him to handle nearly every type of case, and his 20 years of experience in representing public entities have given him a unique ability to defend government entities and managers against all manner of challenges.  His record of success both in trial and on appeal demonstrates his ability to identify and communicate his client’s winning argument.

Before establishing Savitt Bruce & Willey with Jim Savitt in 1999, Dave served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Seattle, in the Civil Division, and before that tried criminal cases as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County.  Dave began his career at Perkins Coie in Seattle.  He is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the Cornell Law School.

When not in the office, Dave spends his time making music both in his garage band and at church choir, skiing, traveling, sailing and reading with Dr. Ann Bruce, and, when fate smiles, with their sons.

Areas of Practice

Prior Professional Experience

  • Seattle City Attorney’s Office, 1994-1999
    • Senior Assistant City Attorney, 1998-1999
    • Assistant City Attorney, 1994-1998
  • Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Cincinnati OH, 1991-1994
  • King County Prosecutor’s Office, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1989-1990
  • Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle WA, 1985-1988


  • Cornell Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, 1985
    • Cornell International Law Journal, 1983-1985
  • American University, School of International Service, B.A. summa cum laude, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • Ohio (inactive)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio