Judge David A. Larson
Judge Dave Larson is the presiding judge of our court. Judge Larson has lived in Federal Way since 1967 and attended Federal Way Schools. He is listed as a notable alumni of Federal Way Public Schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Puget Sound in 1980 and a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law in 1984.
Judge Larson is a member of the Council on Public Legal Education and was a member of the Legislative Committee, Technology Committee, Rules Committee, Education Committee, and Long-Range Planning Committee of the District and Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA). He was also the DMCJA representative to the Data Management Steering Committee for the Administrative Office of the Courts. He is teaches new judges at the Washington State Judicial College.
Judge Larson was the recipient of the Judge William Nevin Award in 2014. The award is given by the Washington Judge’s Foundation to recognize long-term commitment to youth education and public understanding of the law and the role of the judiciary in American society.
As a lawyer, Judge Larson was active as a member of state and local bar association committees addressing court rules, professionalism, litigation, young lawyer mentoring and continuing legal education. He was also appointed as a member of the Washington House of Representatives Municipal Court Task Force in 1999. Judge Larson earned an AV Peer Review Rating as a lawyer through Martindale-Hubbell. According to Martindale-Hubbell this rating "is a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him...at the highest level of professional excellence."
Judge Larson is and has been heavily involved in the Federal Way community. He helps teach civics at Todd Beamer High School. He is the founder and convener of the South King County YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition held at our courthouse. He is also on the board of Advancing Leadership.
Judge Larson was president of the Federal Way School Board before joining the court. He had also been a member of the city’s Human Services Commission and was the very first chair of the City of Federal Way Board of Ethics from 1991-94.
He was the coach of the Federal Way RoboEagles in 2013, a competitive robotics team from Federal Way High School that he coached to the world championships in St. Louis in their first year of competition. Judge Larson is a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way where he has been recognized with a Hixson Fellowship, Everyday Hero Award, Kiwanian of the Year, Distinguished Past President, and Distinguished Service awards. He is the founder and Kiwanis Adviser for the Aktion Club of Federal Way, a service club for persons with disabilities. He was also a founding board member of the Kiwanis Foundation of Federal Way. He has been president of the club on two occasions and was a founding member of the Kiwanis Foundation of Federal Way. He and his wife sponsor two vocational technical scholarships through the foundation in memory of their parents. He was also a Cub Scout pack leader and a coach for Federal Way National Little League and Federal Way Hawks Junior Football. He is also the former commander of the Civil Air Patrol (Air Force Auxiliary) Squadron at McChord AFB and a past member of the volunteer command staff for the Washington State Department of Transportation Air Emergency Services Division. Judge Larson was named Citizen of the Month by the Federal Way Mirror in December 2015. He lives in Federal Way with his wife of 29 years. They have two sons, one is a police officer and the other is working toward becoming a doctor.