David J. Corbett

Top rated Appellate attorney in Tacoma, Washington

David Corbett PLLC
David J. Corbett
David Corbett PLLC

Practice Areas: Appellate, Business Litigation, General Litigation

Licensed in Washington since: 2001

Education: Yale Law School

Languages Spoken: English, German, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2006
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David Corbett PLLC

2106 N Steele St
Tacoma, WA 98406 Visit website


David J. Corbett is an attorney admitted to Washington state and federal courts, as well as to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Based in Tacoma, Washington, his practice focuses primarily on civil appeals, but he also represents faculty members at the University of Washington in administrative law proceedings, and does legal writing for other attorneys with civil litigation projects.

An economics graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Corbett completed his doctorate in Economics in 1990 from Harvard University. After teaching at Williams College as an assistant professor of economics for seven years, he received his J.D. from Yale Law School for in 2000.

Soon after graduation, Mr. Corbett was licensed to practice in Washington and went on to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Franklin D. Burgess at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Tacoma. The lucid and rationally compelling arguments that he raises in court, using his experience with judges and at various other reputed law firms, help turn the odds in the clients’ favor.

Rated “Excellent” on Avvo, the reviews left by satisfied clients speak to Mr. Corbett’s exceptional reputation for delivering favorable results. They define him as an exemplary professional who finds creative solutions to problems and communicates each matter coherently with his clients. Owing to his academic excellence, he was the recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarship and the Harvard Krupp Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship, while in graduate school.

Practice areas

Appellate, Business Litigation, General Litigation
  • 60% Appellate
  • 30% Business Litigation
  • 10% General Litigation

First Admitted: 2001, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://davidcorbettlaw.com/blog1/about/

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Koler/Land Use & Prop. Law, PLLC v. City of Black Diamond, 20 Wn. App. 2d 629, 501 P.3d 1209 (2021), review denied sub nom. Koler v. City of Black Diamond, 199 Wn.2d 1014, 508 P.3d 668 (2022)
  • Matter of Marriage of Kaufman, 17 Wn. App. 2d 497, 485 P.3d 991 (2021)
  • 1988, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Fellowship
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1982, U.C. Berkeley Chapter
  • 1988, Harvard Krupp Foundation Fellowship
Educational Background:
  • Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1991); B.A. in Economics, U.C. Berkeley (1982); Livermore High School, Livermore, CA (1978)

Office location for David J. Corbett

2106 N Steele St
Tacoma, WA 98406

Phone: 253-409-1858


5 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2006

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