About David Sulzbacher
Since graduating from American University, Washington College of Law, cum laude, David has acquired a wide range of litigation experience working as a law clerk in Montana’s Twelfth Judicial District Court, as a public defender in Montana’s Office of the State Public Defender, and as a litigation associate at Christensen Fulton & Filz, PLLC handling employment, commercial, property, criminal, and other matters. During law school, he sought out numerous experiential learning opportunities, including working for the Honorable Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, taking summer associate positions at Keller Rohrback, LLP, in Seattle, WA, and Tilleke & Gibbons in Bangkok, Thailand, and interning at the American Bar Association. He also competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong, represented family law and immigration clients through the Women and the Law Clinic, and worked at a prestigious Southeast Asian think tank.
Throughout his varied legal career, he has found advocating for the “little guy” to be the most rewarding work. He particularly enjoys and excels at researching complex legal issues and crafting high quality briefs advocating for the rights of the accused. He founded Sulzbacher Law, PLLC with the mission of using his research and writing skills to support criminal defense attorneys as they fight against powerful institutions to protect their clients’ rights and uphold the promises enshrined in the Constitution.
Prior to law school, David taught English as a second language and coached basketball in northeastern Thailand. He also spent his summers while an undergraduate student at Willamette University working on a U.S. Forest Service trail crew in the North Cascades.
- J.D. (cum laude) – The American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC
- M.A., International Affairs – The American University School of International Service, Washington, DC
- B.A., English – Willamette University, Salem, OR
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Montana (inactive)
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
- Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
- WACDL Certificate of Appreciation (2017) – for co-authoring a WACDL amicus brief in State of Washington v. James-Buhl, 190 Wash. 2d 470, 474, 415 P.3d 234, 237 (2018).