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David Clay Washington


David Clay Washington joined Hadsell Stormer & Renick, LLP in July 2019. Mr. Washington represents plaintiffs in civil rights proceedings. Mr. Washington is admitted to practice in California and Alabama, having tried cases in both states. Mr. Washington is also admitted to practice in California and Alabama’s federal district courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Recent successes in 2021 include successfully opposing summary judgment in high-profile police brutality case and achieving favorable settlements in prison conditions and employment discrimination cases. Mr. Washington is a member of the National Lawyers’ Guild and the California Employment Lawyers’ Association.

Prior to joining Hadsell Stormer, Mr. Washington was a civil rights fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where he focused on class-action prison conditions litigation. Before his fellowship, Mr. Washington clerked for the Honorable Carmen Consuelo Cerezo of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Before his clerkship, Mr. Washington worked as a fellow at the Federal Defenders of San Diego.

Mr. Washington graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2015, where he was a Toll Public Interest Scholar and a Bernard & Zelda Wolfman Fellow. While in law school, Mr. Washington served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change. Mr. Washington also was on the executive boards of two student-run pro bono projects: Penn Law’s Immigrant Rights Project and the Prisoner Education & Advocacy Project. Mr. Washington volunteered at Ezperanza Immigration Legal Services of Philadelphia, the Criminal Record Expungement Project, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

Before law school, Mr. Washington served in the United States Peace Corps in Honduras and worked as a mental health counselor for youth in the Bay Area. Mr. Washington received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2009.


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A., University of Florida


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