David Gross

Senior Attorney


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Interesting notes about David
My hero is:
My uncle
Favorite charity: Ronald McDonald House
Favorite band: Pearl Jam

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About David Gross

Having personally experienced divorce and child custody issues, David Gross relates to his clients with genuine understanding and empathy. He seeks to reassure them that the outlook is never as dark as it seems.

"My clients are coming from a position of insecurity and fear of the unknown. I’m happy to guide them through the process and show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel."

As a former Senior Deputy Prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, David has extensive courtroom experience. He has tried over 150 cases in front of juries and has significant familiarity with domestic violence matters. His background as a litigator makes him especially tenacious in family court.

David is passionate about the law and devotes his rare spare time to teaching and writing about various legal topics. He has served as an adjunct professor at Delaware Law School and at the University of Washington School of Law and has addressed high schools, colleges, police academies, and domestic violence shelters throughout the country on a variety of legal topics.

David enjoys theater, comedy shows, and ballet. He has run two marathons and loves football, golf, and Mariners baseball.

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  • Washington State Bar Association, 1997 - present
  • American Bar Association, 2015 - 2017
  • National Trial Association, 2015 - present

Community Activities

  • Judge, American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Adv. Competition, Widener Law, 2011
  • Mentor, Community College of Philadelphia Paralegal Program, 2011
  • Judge, University of Washington School of Law’s John C. Coughenour Mock Trial Competition, 2003, 2005, 2006
  • Big Brother, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, 1987 – 1998
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  • J.D., University of Idaho College of Law, 1994
  • B.A., University of Idaho, 1991
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Publications & Presentations


  • Show and Tell: Why Every Trial Should Be a Visual Trial, De Novo, 2011
  • Trial as a Visual Medium: Why Every Trial Should Be a Visual Trial, At Issue Newsletter (Pennsylvania Bar Association), 2011
  • Use of Traffic Citations in Subsequent Civil Proceeding, Idaho Law Review, 1996
  • Examining Aboriginal Rights in Submerged Lands: Coeur d'Alene Tribe v. Idaho, Idaho Law Review, 1993


  • Featured Speaker, Evidence Gathering, Witness Preparation for the Criminal Trial, Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators (PALI) Conference, Harrisburg, PA, 2014
  • Presenter, Effective Prosecution of Domestic Violence Court Orders, Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Seattle WA, 2009
  • Featured Speaker, Bridging the Gap, Eastside Domestic Violence Program, Bellevue WA, 2008
  • Presenter, Court Orders - A Prosecutor Perspective, Eastside Domestic Violence Intervention Committee, Bellevue WA, 2008
  • Presentation: The Law & Order Behind Domestic Violence Court Orders – Arrest & Enforcement Issues, King County Violence Against Women Act Training, Burien WA, 2008
  • Presenter, The Law & Order Behind Domestic Violence Court Orders – Follow-Up & Other Considerations, King County Violence Against Women Act Training, Burien WA, 2008
  • Panelist, Criminal Trial Advocacy, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle WA, 2008
  • Panelist, Pre-Trial Advocacy, Comparison of Civil & Criminal, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle WA, 2008
  • Presenter, Use of Visual Aids in Trial, National College of District Attorneys, Columbia SC, 2006
  • Presenter, Powerpoint for Prosecutors, National College of District Attorneys, Columbia SC, 2006
  • Invited Speaker, Criminal Prosecution Primer, Washington State University - Law & Society 364, Pullman WA, 2006
  • Presenter, Washington State Criminal Law – A Matter of Degrees, Washington Court Interpreters and Translators Society (WITS), Bellevue WA, 2005
  • Presenter, Visual Aids- Every Trial Should Be A Visual Trial, National College of District Attorneys, Columbia SC, 2005
  • Presenter, Powerpoint for Prosecutors, National College of District Attorneys, Columbia SC, 2005
  • Presenter, Washington Criminal Law – A Language of Nuance, Washington Court Interpreters and Translators Society (WITS), Mercer Island WA, 2003
  • Panelist, Washington State Death Penalty Forum, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle WA, 2000
  • Featured Speaker, Arson Investigation & Prosecution: Working as a Team, Washington International Association of Arson Investigators, Bellingham WA, 1999
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  • AV Preeminent
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
"Thanks for all the work for our family over the past year. We’re really glad you are on our side."
"David remained very level headed and family focused throughout our proceedings. That said, I always felt my specific needs were very well ..."
"Without David and Sam, there is no way I could have made it through this exceptionally difficult time in my life. I cannot imagine two ..."
"My daughter is the sunshine of my life. I felt despair and a sense of helplessness on the day I was served. On the first appointment day ..."
"In our search for a reputable law firm to handle my sister’s divorce case, we explored our options until we found the McKinley Irvin law ..."
"My attorney was very good in and out of the courtroom. Always kept me up to date on any issues that came up and was very knowledgeable on ..."
"I would like to give my sincere appreciation to Jennifer Payseno and staff. You all stood by me no matter how trying my case got. I always ..."
"Dave, thank you very much for doing such a wonderful job. It has been a pleasure working with you."
"From start to finish, the team at McKinley Irvin took care of me and my family. I couldn’t ask for more. What happened in court was exactly ..."
"I have dealt with approximately 4 lawyers in the past from other law firms. Laura from McKinley Irvin, however, handled my case with ..."
"I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help with my case. I know the call I got from your office was an answer to my tearful and ..."
"I am so very thankful that I chose to work with McKinley Irvin and the wonderful staff they have in place. Highly recommended!"
"A huge weight and amount of stress was lifted as soon as I hired Jamie Walker. Having her on my team was exactly the peace of mind I needed ..."
"Getting a divorce was hard enough as it is. I was nervous and just wanted to get it over with before my ex-wife thought of anything else she ..."
"[My attorney] spoke English – as oppposed to ‘legalese’. She was able to propose a number of options and alternatives for various scenarios, ..."
"Marc provided steady counsel and support through the emotional times. He kept us focused and moving forward during the meetings."
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