Professional Biography
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David A. Perez Counsel

  • Seattle

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    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA







  • 01.04.2017
    Assessing the Trump Administration’s Approach to Antitrust and Unfair Competition
    As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the helm of the executive branch of the federal government, many are asking how he will approach antitrust regulation. Conventional wisdom holds that Republicans are more amenable to mergers, even large ones, than Democrats.
  • 06.26.2014
    Voting Rights: A path forward here, and in D.C.
    Attorney Publications

    A piece discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and how Congress, the States, and voting rights advocates can create a framework for 21st Century voting rights.
  • 05.17.2014

    The Seattle Times

    A piece suggesting that the new chief focus on three things in the first 100 days: (1) negotiate a new contract with the police union that establishes a clear, streamlined and less obstructive process by which complaints against officers — particularly those involving excessive force — are adjudicated; (2) give up the authority to veto or dilute discipline that has been imposed on officers found to have committed misconduct; and (3) embrace a procedural-justice model early on.
  • 12.07.2013

    The Seattle Times

    A piece outlining three suggestions for Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray’s police chief search.  First, learn from the mistakes made in the previous administration and embrace national models for reform to proactively cooperate with the Department of Justice.  Second, choose an outsider who is willing to implement deep and systemic reform.  And third, make sure that outsider understands and appreciates that fostering cooperation between law enforcement and communities is the difference between a well-functioning police force and a dysfunctional one.
  • 05.21.2013

    PubliCola at the Seattle Met

    Discussing whether the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause can be invoked to deny services to an individual based on his sexual orientation.
  • 04.13.2013

    PubliCola at the Seattle Met

    Discussing the legal dilemma facing undocumented students, and why the state legislature should enact the Washington DREAM Act.
  • 03.01.2013

    PubliCola at the Seattle Met

    Discussing the state Supreme Court’s decision to strike down I-1053, which required a two-thirds vote to raise taxes.
  • 02.26.2013

    PubliCola at the Seattle Met

    Rebutting the legal arguments against VAWA.
  • 01.2013

    King County Bar Association, Bar Bulletin

    Profiling Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson.
  • 12.17.2012
  • 12.07.2012

    PubliCola at Seattle Met

    Discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2012 Term.
  • 11.05.2012

    PubliCola at the Seattle Met

    Discussing the State Supreme Court’s September 2012 Term.
  • 10.03.2012

    PubliCola at the Seattle Met

    Discussing constitutionality of I-1053, the an initiative that required a two-thirds vote to raise taxes in the State Legislature.
  • 09.27.2012

    The Seattle Times

    New data shows the racially polarized voting in a state Supreme Court race and why Washington state needs to change its voting laws.
  • 2011

    120 Yale Law Journal 1532

    Arguing that ineffective assistance of counsel during plea bargaining which leads the defendant to turn down a favorable plea and proceed to trial where s/he subsequently receives a higher sentence is a structural error, rather than a trial error, and must be automatically reversed.
  • 04.01.2011

    The Politic, Yale University Press

  • 2010

    13 Harvard Latino Law Review 187

    Discussing why America’s fifty-year policy of estrangement has failed, and providing eight recommendations to improve relations with Cuba, to promote democracy, and to repair America’s image in Latin America.
  • 04.28.2014
    Speaking Engagements
    David was invited to testify about the Washington State Voting Rights Act (WVRA), proposed legislation under consideration in the state legislature, which David co-authored.


Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2010,
    Development Editor, Yale Journal of International Law
  • Gonzaga University, B.A., Latin American Studies; Political Science,
    magna cum laude
    , 2007