J. David Huhs
WSBA No. 37990
the Bar No. nd Beyond
I became a lawyer because I enjoy a challenge, whether it is building a practice, briefing an interesting point of law, or counseling a
client through a difficult time. I have been told that the practice of
law is not rocket science. I agree, but there are only a few professions that present the array of challenges that being a lawyer does.
My greatest talent as a lawyer is my ability to communicate with,
relate to, and empathize with clients. I largely attribute this to my
participation in team sports. Being part of a team developed my
ability to communicate with and relate to others.
In my practice, I need to work on keeping pace with changes in technology. I see other lawyers using tablets to store, categorize, and
quickly retrieve documents in meetings and depositions, and I
find myself thinking that I need to do that, too.
The legal practice has surprised me by the professionalism and cour-tesies exchanged between lawyers. The picture I had, and I think
the picture painted by the media, is that opposing lawyers have
nothing but contempt, distaste, and distrust for each other. However, at least in my practice area, most lawyers are reasonably accommodating, cooperative, and respectful.
The best advice I have for new lawyers is the same advice that was
given to me as a first-year associate. I was sitting in a partner’s
office having just completed a project, and he said something to
the effect of, “Don’t worry about trying to get the project done as
quickly as possible. The most important thing is to produce a quality work product and do a good job for the client.”
The most rewarding part of my job is achieving a favorable decision
or result for a client. But even prior to final resolution of a case, I
find it rewarding that people turn to me with their problems. The
relationships built with clients, which evolve out of helping them
through a difficult time in their life, are what keep me coming to
work each day.
I wish that more lawyers would participate in their local bar associations, volunteer at legal clinics, serve on nonprofit boards, and
strive to meet RPC 6. 1’s aspirational goal of 50 hours of pro bono
service each year. We have a great Bar Association with wonderful
lawyers, many of whom volunteer their time. However, I think we
can do better.
I want to try writing and illustrating a children’s book. Not on a
commercial level, but there are a number of new nieces and nephews coming into the family and I think it would be really special to
be able to create a unique story just for them.
Friends would call me “Dangerous
Dave,” even though I am not at all dangerous.
I would like to learn how to responsibly
handle, carry, and discharge a firearm.
We don’t have any firearms in the family and I am not sure that I want any, so
a little education is in order to develop
a better familiarity with them.
Aside from my career, I am most proud of
the time that I have spent volunteering
as a neighborhood legal clinic attorney, as a board member and
treasurer for Kent Youth and Family Services, and as a trustee of
the King County Bar Association.
This makes me roll my eyes: When lawyers roll their eyes in court
in response to a statement made by opposing counsel or, worse
yet, to a ruling from the bench.
My worst habit is not regularly deleting items from my email in-box.
My best habit is taking opportunities that are presented to me.
The downside is that I have a hard time saying “no.” But, as they
say in basketball, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.
I view opportunities in life the same way.
I am thankful that my wife was insistent that I join a family-oriented firm
right out of law school, without the
high billable hour requirements of a
“downtown” firm. It allowed me to focus on the quality of my work, building
a practice, and developing my professional reputation. I would say that it
has worked out well for both the firm
and for me. I now have a family and
profitable practice of my own, without
sacrificing one for the other. NWL
My name is J. David Huhs and I
am a principal at Curran Law Firm, P.S., in
Kent, where I have worked since passing
the bar in 2006. My practice generally involves real estate law, civil litigation, and
bankruptcy with a specific focus on the
representation of condominium and home-owner’s associations. Email me at jdhuhs@