David C. Spellman

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7392 |

Areas of Practice

David Spellman is a Shareholder with the Intellectual Property Litigation Group. David concentrates his practice on litigating and resolving disputes involving intellectual property, technology, construction and engineering, professional liability, financial institutions, and corporate and partnership duties. He has a Yellow Belt certification in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management.

Professional Experience

David has been a lawyer with Lane Powell since graduating from law school.

Admitted to Practice

David is admitted to law practice in Washington and before the federal courts in Eastern and Western Washington, the federal court of claims, and the federal courts of appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the District of Columbia.


David graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 where he was an editor of the American Criminal Law Review.

David graduated with honors from Seattle University.

David earned his Yellow Belt certification in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management.

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Appellate
  • Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies
  • Construction and Environmental
  • Financial Institutions
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bribery and International Anti-Corruption
  • Government and Regulatory Relations
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Litigation
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory Compliance and Special Investigations
  • Securities Litigation

Representative Matters and Clients

Recent Successes

  • Gig Harbor Family Trust v. Columbia Valuation Group, Inc., No. 13-2-04399-8 (King Cnty. Superior Ct. 2014) (our team won a defense verdict in a securities and tort suit brought by 18 investors claiming an appraisal caused them to lose over a million dollars in a mortgage-paper security investment).
  • Enters. Int’l Inc. v. Int’l Knife & Saw, Inc., No. C12-5638 BHS, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101375, Copy. L. Rep. (CCH) ¶ 30,641 (W.D. Wash. July 24, 2014), recons. denied, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 124221 (W.D. Wash. Sept. 4, 2014) (our team successfully moved for summary judgment dismissal of copyright, trade secret and preempted state law claims). The decision addresses previously untested issues regarding copyright protection for useful designs.
  • Defeated a defamation suit with a pre-answer dismissal motion under the anti-strategic lawsuits against public participation (anti-SLAPP) statute (2014).
  • Argued and won the affirmance of two judgments for a national bank in the state court of appeals (2014).
  • Our team represented investors who received a prelitigation settlement of securities and professional negligence claims (2014).
  • Our team represented an inventor who received a prelitigation settlement of professional negligence claims involving a patent suit (2013).
  • Evergreen Safety Council v. RSA Network, Inc., 697 F.3d 1221 (9th Cir. 2012) (affirming summary judgment dismissal of copyright infringement case on the grounds of laches, holding willfulness exemption did not apply and prospective relief could not be granted for the same original sin).
  • Humphrey Indus., Ltd. v. Clay St. Assocs., LLC, 295 P.3d 231 (Wash. 2013) (holding supreme court’s finding that dissenting member did not act arbitrarily, vexatiously, and not in good faith was the law of the case and reversing trial court’s denial of prejudgment interest on fee awards that member paid).

Jury Trial

  • “Seattle attorney David Spellman, … pummeled school administrator during cross-examination … Spellman tried, in particular, to show that the teachings seen by Knight as appropriated by Weaver could easily be items of public domain.” Keri Brenner, “Attorney Grills JZ Knight about ex-student,” Seattle Times, September 10, 2008

Other Representative Experience

(Because each case depends upon unique circumstances, these prior results are merely representative and should not create an expectation about results in any individual case.)

David also has experience in constitutional, antitrust, price discrimination, and franchise law and government investigations and regulatory proceedings on the state and national level.


  • “Your Proposal May Be Accessible to Your Competitors: Safeguard Trade Secrets in Government Procurement,” Lane Powell Legal Update, Co-author (April 24, 2014)
  • “Design Professional Liens Attached When Nothing Is Built: Answering the Devil’s Advocate,” Washington State Bar Association’s Construction Law newsletter, Co-author (Spring 2014)
  • “Reviving Construction Projects — How to Avoid Creating a Frankenstein Monster,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association, Co-author (January/February 2014)
  • “Rule 52: Decisions, Findings and Conclusions,” 2 Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook at 52-1, WSBA, Co-author (1992, 1997, 2002, 2006 & 2014)
  • “Restraints of Trade,” Washington Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Law Developments (Second), WSBA Supplement, Co-author (1988, 1993, 2001 & 2007)
  • “Antitrust and Unfair Competition Issues Involving Intellectual Property,” Washington Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Law Developments (Second) at 295, WSBA, Co-author (2001)
  • “Competing for Talent and Protecting Business Value: Non-Compete Agreements and Trade Secret Law in Washington,” Fifth Annual Intellectual Property Institute at 2-1, WSBA, Co-author (March 2000)
  • “Premature Post-mortem for the Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Washington Contract Law,” Antitrust, Consumer Protection and Unfair Business Practices No. 21 at 6-10, Co-author (Summer 2002)
  • “1993 Supplement” to Washington Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices Law Developments (Second), WSBA, Associate Editor (1993)

Speaking Engagements

David has taught classes on antitrust, price discrimination, trade secrets, and other areas of the law including recently “Mis-LEED®ing Advertising and Marketing”.

Awards and Honors

  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Listed as one of the “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” by Seattle Metropolitan magazine

Professional and Community Activities

David is a member of national, state, and local bar associations. He is a frequent author in bar publications. He donates his expertise and time to community organizations and campaigns.