I grew up in Southern New Jersey and attended Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where I graduated with honors and earned a B.A. in Economics.
Following graduation, I served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, a sub-saharan country in West Africa. I worked as a topographical surveyor, mapping seasonal wetland areas for land and water conservation projects. After leaving the Peace Corps, I traveled through northern Africa and France before returning home to the United States.
In 1982, I moved to Tucson, where I pursued graduate studies at the University of Arizona. I graduated in 1984 with an M.S. in agricultural economics and was elected to membership in the Gamma Sigma Delta honor society. Over the next few years, I worked as a research economist at the University of Arizona and with the Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C.
In 1988, I moved to Madison to pursue further graduate studies in agricultural economics at the University of Wisconsin. I also studied law and served on the Wisconsin law review. I earned my law degree in 1992 and graduated near the top of my class.
I spent a year following graduation from law school clerking for the Minnesota Court of Appeals in Saint Paul. In 1993, I joined the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi in Minneapolis, where I practiced in the commercial litigation group, handling disputes involving commercial contracts, franchises, employment and intellectual property.
In 1997, my wife-to-be, Kerry, and I moved from Minneapolis to Denver, Colorado. I worked as an assistant Denver District Attorney, prosecuting misdemeanor assault, drug and traffic crimes. I also worked in the office of the Colorado Attorney General, where I handled criminal appeals, commercial litigation, consumer protection matters and eminent domain proceedings.
In early 2000, I joined the Denver law firm of Markusson, Green & Jarvis, P.C. Over the course of 15 years, I practiced primarily in the areas of construction law, personal injury claims and insurance bad faith. I was promoted to partner in 2006.In 2014, I founded the Industrial Hemp Practice Group.
I am a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and the Hemp Industries Association. I also was a long-standing member of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association, where I founded the construction law section, and served on the board of directors for two years.
In January 2015, I opened my own civil law practice, David’sLaw, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. I represent individuals and business in the industrial hemp industry, and practice in the areas of construction defects, business law, commercial litigation, employment claims and federal claims.
I live in Denver with my wife, Kerry, our daughter, Jessie, our dog Peter, and our two cats, Pewter and Camille.