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About

Attorney Biography

Dave Hawkins has been the sole owner and operator of the Law office of Dave Hawkins for the past 12 years. He actively litigates cases throughout Washington State, concentrating in Snohomish, King and Kitsap counties. Mr. Hawkins enjoys representing individuals in family law proceedings and immigration matters involving deportation proceedings as well as the submission of various petitions to the USCIS to help immigrants who wish to live in the Untied States. He has an active Russian clientele and is actively seeking to open up the courts to individuals who traditionally have been excluded from the courts in their home country.  Mr. Hawkins also argues cases before the Court of Appeals.

Mr. Hawkins grew up in the silicon valley of California in the Bay Area and still has family residing there. He attended college at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and completed his undergraduate education in Virginia at James Madison University. He earned degrees in Political Science and Paralegal studies. Mr. Hawkins attended law school in Lansing Michigan and actively participated in Moot Court, competing at the national level and earning recognition for his speaking skills and the art of advocacy. He also actively participated in the study of international law which gave rise to his interest in the legal procedures of foreign countries. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1991 and traveled west to Seattle to practice law in Washington State. 

Mr. Hawkins is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the state of Washington, the US District court for the Western district of Washington and the Immigration Court in Washington.  He is a member of the Snohomish County Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association.  Mr. Hawkins is also a standing member of the Amicus Committee of the Washington State Bar Association as well the Court Rules Committee of the Washington Stat Bar Association.

Mr. Hawkins' law practice emphasizes divorce and family law, adoptions, both foreign and domestic, international child abduction, immigration matters, and representing the interests of those who have requested asylum from the persecution they have suffered in their home country.  Mr. Hawkins is active in advancing the rights of Russian immigrants and citizens who seek to invoke the power of the court to for protection.

Mr. Hawkins' interest in oral advocacy is long standing. During his undergraduate days and in Law School, Mr. Hawkins took it upon himself to hone his oral advocacy skill be participating in debating societies and the National Moot Court competition..  Mr. Hawkins seeks to keep those skills sharp by participating locally in Toast Masters and is a Member of the Masonic order.

In addition to the practice of law, Mr. Hawkins enjoys travel, history, fencing, aviation and musical performance.

Areas of Practice:

  • Divorce and Family Law
  • Child custody disputes in non-marital situations
  • Immigration Matters
  • Appellate practice
  • Civil rights issues


Bar Admissions:

  • Washington, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2002


Education:

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing MI, 1991 Juris Doctor
  • James Madison University, 1988 Bachelor of Science Major: Political Science
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 1979
  • Major: Astronautical Engineering


Representative Clients:

  • Divorce/Family Law/Third party
  • Immigration
  • Court of Appeals


Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • Member
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • Committee Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Amicus Brief Committee
    • Court rules Committee
    • Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association (WSTLA)
    • Member


Past Employment Positions:

  • McClure and Associations - Senior family Law Attorney,  20001 to 2002
  • Law office of Richard C. Carrithers - Associate  1996-2001
  • Brouner and Associates - Senior family law attorney 1995 - 1996
  • Hessinger and Associates - Associate 1994 - 1995

Testimonials

  • Dave did an outstanding job for me. I’ve had several attorneys over the years but Dave far and away has been the best. He’s proven to be extremely knowledgeable and has great experienced in Family Law. He’s sensitive to my needs, willing to talk and discuss and follows through with my specific asks. His ideas are sound and did work in court. I couldn’t be happier. The judge understood our paperwork and worked amicably with Dave, not the other side. We won! Justice was served thanks to Dave Hawkins.

    Ken Fordyce, Family Law Client

  • I’ve worked with Dave since April 2014 on a child support / post-secondary support case.  It has been grueling for him working through the opponent’s attorney and he has stuck with it with unwavering commitment.  He had the opportunity to gracefully bow out when the other attorney successfully had the case stricken, after my daughters’ dad, the respondent in the case, died in a tragic accident a week before trial.  But he didn’t, instead researching the law how to handle a situation like this, since he nor his attorney friends had ever encountered anything remotely similar.  He had to read up on estate and probate law, which falls outside of family law, and discover the solution to continue the case.  He presented it to the court, they agreed, and put the case back in play.  Dealing with such a tragedy for my daughters , and not having the emotional bandwidth or time to worry or take any kind of action, I needed to trust my attorney would be proactive and do the right thing.  That he did.

    Karen S., Family Law Client • Seattle, WA

  • Dave is fun and lighthearted, helping client’s to stay upbeat even in the stress of family court.  He is easy to get a hold of and clear with what you should expect from the hearings and what documents you’ll need.  At first I was a little worried about how casual Dave seemed, but he really brings it in court. He knows the law inside and out and judges respond well to his insight.  My case went just the way I had hoped and much due to Dave’s hard work.

    Katie, Family Law Client • Seattle, WA