David Bratz represents vessel owners and maritime employers in all aspects of maritime litigation and in U.S. Coast Guard casualty hearings. He also represents maritime and non-maritime employers in employment disputes in state and federal courts and in various administrative agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington Human Rights Commission. David regularly consults with employers in risk management and employment practices, and frequently conducts anti-harassment and human resources training for management and supervisory personnel of the Firm's employer clients.
David has been with LeGros Buchanan & Paul since 1991 and currently serves as the Firm’s managing director. Throughout his career David has developed a reputation in the marine industry for handling difficult cases, and has represented vessel owners in many high profile casualty claims. He frequently speaks to employer and maritime groups on risk management and employment law issues, and at CLEs as well.
David lives and runs the Firm's office in Anacortes, Washington. He graduated Western Washington University in 1982 (magna cum laude) as the Outstanding Graduate in Philosophy, and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law (J.D. 1985 with Honors), where he was a member and published author on the Law Review.
David is admitted to practice in the state courts of Washington (1985) and Alaska (2005), and is also admitted to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for Alaska and the Western District of Washington.