David Carlson
Director of Advocacy

David Carlson leads Disability Rights Washington’s advocacy by coordinating the work of its various advocacy programs which engage in multimodal advocacy incorporating multiple advocacy tools, including individual representation, class action litigation, policy work, video advocacy, and community engagement. These programs are responsible for monitoring facilities and community settings in Washington that serve people with disabilities, investigate potential abuse and neglect of Washingtonians with disabilities, conduct legal and policy advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities across Washington, and provide Washingtonians with disabilities information about their legal rights.

David has served as lead counsel in numerous class actions enforcing a wide variety of civil rights of people with disabilities. David’s advocacy work has been recognized in international media and several local and national awards. David presents on disability legal issues, legal ethics, and advocacy skills both in Washington and nationally. Additionally, David has taught Disability Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University and serves as a member of the National Disability Rights Network’s Board of Directors. David graduated Cum Laude from both Eastern Washington University where he received his B.A. and Gonzaga University School of Law where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Gonzaga Law Review.