Legal/Judicial Experience: Judge pro tem, Clallam County District Court since 1995; former Executive Director, Clallam-Jefferson Public Defender; Clallam County attorney 1995-present; certified mediator; arbitrator; admitted to Lower Elwha and Quileute Tribal Courts
Other Professional Experience: Former President Clallam Bar Association, Clallam Pro Bono Lawyers, Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce; founding member, Port Angeles Crime Stoppers
Education: Juris Doctor, University of Puget Sound; Bachelor of Arts, The Evergreen State College; University of Washington
Community Service: Board member Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County and Peninsula Behavioral Health;Clallam-Jefferson Pro Bono Lawyers volunteer; Habitat for Humanity East Jefferson County attorney pro bono; numerous civic and charitable organizations
Statement: Dave Neupert knows how critical it is that a Superior Court judge has broad and diverse experience in both criminal and civil matters. His passion for justice, strong listening skills and sensitivity to cultural norms are characteristics that are needed on the bench. His goal is to remove barriers to justice and to eliminate bias in the court.
Dave also believes in our community. He appreciates the value of our therapeutic courts, including drug court and mental health court. As a Superior Court judge he will work to establish a much needed Veteran's Court.
Dave is rated "exceptionally well-qualified" by several state-wide specialty and minority bar associations and has practiced law in Clallam County for over 25 years. His trial experience is extensive, having tried numerous jury trials, bench trials, administrative law hearings, and appeals. In private practice he specializes in municipal law, personal injury, real estate, employment and probate litigation.
Dave managed the Public Defender's office for four years while carrying a full, adult felony caseload. Most notably, he was one of two defense attorneys involved with an aggravated murder capital case and, for several years was the only "death penalty qualified" attorney in Clallam County.