David J. Crouse

Founding Partner

David J. Crouse

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David Crouse is the Founding Partner at Crouse Erickson.

He wasn’t always drawn to law—in fact, he was accepted into medical school. However, a local prosecutor encouraged him to think about law school and after he applied to Gonzaga University School of Law, he received the Thomas More Scholarship (a full scholarship). His career path was thus decided. In 1991 he won the Linden Cup competition at the Gonzaga University School of Law as the law school’s best oral advocate. In 1992, he followed that up with the National Moot Court award for best written brief in competition involving every United States law school.

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After his graduation from the Gonzaga School of law in 1993 with honors, David’s practice has focused exclusively on family law cases. This was a practice model not generally seen in the region. Crouse Erickson is now Spokane County’s largest law firm focused exclusively on family law. David Crouse has now been able to help thousands of families for over three decades.

David’s favorite part about being a family attorney is meeting with a client to learn about their objectives, and then devising a winning strategy through negotiation or litigation. He is most passionate about the preparation for a hearing or trial, and then seeing that preparation result in a win for his client. David is not satisfied unless his client is very happy with the result.

David is rated as a perfect “10.0 Superb” by AVVO in divorce litigation and has received multiple “Best Attorney” awards. His is annually selected as a Top Attorney” in Spokane for divorce representation by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Magazine. He recently received the prestigious “Top Attorney in North America” award from Who’s Who Directories for divorce and family litigation. He is a frequent lecturer in Washington family law CLE (Continuing Legal Education) courses for other attorneys. David has also served as a Spokane County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem.

In June 2014, Addicus Publishing released the book “Divorce in Washington”, which was authored exclusively by David Crouse. Divorce in Washington is now available at the Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple store websites. It’s also available on Kindle, Nook, and I-Books and at the Addicus website, www.addicusbooks.com. A courtesy book is always available to all firm clients. He has been elected to the Order of Barristers for excellence in courtroom advocacy, and has received multiple American Jurisprudence Awards for legal writing and courtroom advocacy. He has been published in the Gonzaga Law Review, Spokane Woman Magazine, Northwest Woman Magazine, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Magazine, and has been featured in articles in the Spokesman Review and in other radio, television and media forums.

An intense client advocate, one of the trademarks of David’s representation is the ability to make a high quality, well-prepared presentation in the courtroom and to deliver written documents of equal quality to the assigned judicial officer. “Truly, the attorney you select will make a difference in the outcome of your case.” David has extensive experience in business valuation and professional practice cases, backed by a team of highly qualified professionals. Few attorneys in the region have similar experience in representation of successful, high net worth, professionals. David’s recent, successful representation includes Eastern Washington-area doctors, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, judges, accountants, chiropractors, small business owners, and those holding significant corporate interests.

While David is licensed in Washington and practices out of the Spokane office, he regularly shares his expertise in business and practice valuations, work with CPAs, litigation and cross examination techniques, and evidence preparation with every member of the firm and is a ready resource on all valuation and litigation issues. Additionally, David works on select Idaho dissolution cases on a pro hac vice basis with his partner Alison Erickson, focusing exclusively on business, professional practice and significant asset valuation issues.

When he is not practicing law or managing the practice, you’ll find him trout fishing, snow skiing or enjoying pheasant hunting with his dog.



Order of Barristers for Excellence in Courtroom Advocacy

Best Legal Brief in Nation–National Moot Court

American Jurisprudence Award for Advocacy

Gonzaga University School of Law Linden Cup Winner,
Best Oral Advocate

American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Research and Writing

Best Attorney (Divorce & Family) in Spokane

William O. Douglas Award for Courtroom Advocacy

Top Attorney In North America – Divorce and Family Law


Divorce in Washington, Addicus Publishing, June 2014

Complex Asset Divorce Cases, National Business Institute, 2013

Business and Professional Practice Valuations,
Spokane County Bar Association, 2013

Discovery in Divorce: Discovering Hidden Assets,
Washington State Bar CLE Publication, 2011

Washington Case Law Update, Spokane County Bar Association, 2008

An Introspective Look Into Family Law, Spokane County Bar Association, 2006

Family Law Skills Institute – Washington State Bar Association,
Family Law Section, 2005

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David is incredibly knowledgeable

David is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. I was well represented and knew I was in the best hands possible. He listened and gave me sound advice. I was confident in him through the entire process.

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A perfect balance

David Crouse is a very thorough attorney. He is always professional and maintains a perfect balance of patience, courtesy, and persistence – regardless of the situation. He made himself available, understood my issues, and developed a plan right away; ultimately negotiating an agreement that worked for everyone. I just wish I had hired him sooner.

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