After thirteen years on Tacoma’s municipal court I have announced my candidacy for election to the Pierce County Superior Court position being vacated by the retirement of Judge Ronald Culpepper. I believe I bring a diverse and broad range of experience that makes me uniquely qualified for the position and I ask for your vote. For the past thirteen years I have presided over Tacoma’s dedicated domestic violence court. During this time I have worked to direct those affected by drug, alcohol and violence to pursue treatments and change their lives in positive ways. I established a program which will pay for domestic violence assessments for those with limited financial ability.
I started my career as a prosecutor with the City of Tacoma in 1991. After four years with Tacoma I entered private practice with the firm of Harrison, Ladenburg & Schwartz. While in private practice I handled a broad range of criminal and civil cases including family law, personal injury, probate and estate planning and construction law.
I grew up in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood and live with my wife Diane and our three boys in the house purchased by my parents in 1962. My extended family and I have always been involved in our community both civically and politically. I was actively involved in Tacoma’s Safe Streets program and worked on the creation of Tacoma’s Neighborhood Councils program. I served as the first chairman of Tacoma Central Neighborhood council. I have participated as judge in many student moot court competitions. I currently serve on the national board of directors for the Center for Civic Education. The center oversees and promotes civic education programs for elementary, middle school and high school students in all 50 states and around the world.
In voting for me the people of Pierce County are getting one of their own community members who has lived his entire life here and worked hard to make our home better for all of us. I will bring this commitment to the Superior Court and ask for your vote.
PS. Want others to meet Judge Ladenburg? Please contact the campaign to arrange for him to speak to your group or organization. Judge Ladenburg wants the community to meet him, ask questions, and hear his story of commitment and service to Tacoma and the citizens of Pierce County. Call Diane at (253) 318-6595
The Law Clerk program is established pursuant to Washington State Bar Admission to Practice Rule 6 (APR 6). David began his studies under the guidance of his brother John Ladenburg in 1985. Following John’s election as Pierce County Prosecutor in 1986, David completed his four years of study at the Law firm of McCormick, Hoffman, Rees, Faubion & Quinn under the supervision of Anthony Haselman and Merrifield B. Rees. David was admitted to and passed the bar exam in 1991 becoming the first law clerk in many years to reach this goal.
The Law Clerk program actually predates the existence of established law schools in the state of Washington. It fell out of use as an educational alternative with the establishment of law schools but remained on the books as a means to obtain the education and qualifications to be accepted to sit for the state bar examination. David’s use of the program helped create a renewed interest from a variety of candidates who see this as a flexible but challenging alternative to traditional law school education. The Law Clerk program requires a great deal of independent study. Clerks submit monthly written examinations in various areas of the law and are required to do additional reading and reports from an approved list of law related books. The program is overseen by a committee of practicing attorneys established by the Washington State Bar Association. David served on that committee for several years during his time in private practice. Upon successful completion of the four-year study curriculum the law clerk is granted approval, by the committee, to sit for the Bar examination. An undergraduate degree is one of the prerequisites for admission to the Law Clerk program.
Judge Ladenburg was raised in a large family of 16 children which included 3 sets of twins. Judge Ladenburg has a twin brother Daniel who currently serves as the chief deputy for the Pierce County Superior Court Clerk’s office.
Judge Ladenburg, along with his wife Diane and three boys, David Jr., Taylor, and Daniel currently live in the family home purchased by his parents in 1962. The two older children Trevor (Lyndsey) and Tanya (Arno) have since moved into their own homes and have blessed the family with 5 grandchildren.
The home, affectionately known as the “Ladenburg Mansion” is located in Tacoma’s central hilltop neighborhood and listed on Tacoma’s register of historical places. Francis B. Ladenburg and Lucille were wonderful parents who loved and supported their children. As a family they played together participating in organized sports as the “Family” softball team, “Frogs” basketball team. The family played together for over 20 years and were featured in the media on Good Morning America, Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio and the Tacoma News Tribune to name a few. Mom and Dad were always there to support their children in victory and defeat. Their example set the precedent the family has tried to live by. The extended family, including in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, still enjoy getting together every Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and most other holidays. These gatherings typically bring more than a hundred extended family members and friends.
Read more about Judge Ladenburg’s Family in his Biography Information.
Our time together has become enjoyable. Thank you for helping me get my son back. A grateful mother
It has now been two years of Law Abide behavior that you had placed upon me. I am doing very well. I just wanted to thank you for all that you have done for me and believing in people whom can change. My family has noticed a great change in me and I have too, I love the person I am today. Thank you so very much.
Just stopped by to say thank you for your encouragement on my custody hearing. I got the final order today and I have full custody of my son. Thank you.
Your honor I was enjoying my new life. I have never done this before "sobriety". Anyways your honor I guess from any stand point I relapsed due to people, places, and things, kinda wanting to show off a little bit and going to places I have no business and with that I apologize to myself and to the courts and you for working with me...
You more than likely don't remember me, but I hope I never forget you. The reason for this letter is to make amends; take responsibility and acknowledgement for my actions when I was in and out of your courtroom numerous times for the same charges, while you kept giving me chance after chance to help myself - to get honest with myself, to do the right thing…. Your persistence with me did pay off and I hope you can rejoice in knowing that you helped someone.
I just want you to know you do make a difference. You’re a wonderful, caring Judge who is passionate about his work, and I’m sorry I wasn’t listening. I am now.
You’ve made our first DVIC meeting of this year an excellent start to our ongoing training process to arrive at a better understanding of our clientele, with whom you have a respectful reputation…"he’s tough, but he’s fair." Brief comment you made about your personal background lent a great deal of a more subjective understanding of a commitment we share. Your presentation was informative, that is, improved understanding of the criminal justice system and how it works first hand is proactive if not imperative. Thank you...
Judge David Ladenburg of the Tacoma Municipal Court received an award from HOPE (Helping Overcome Personal Emptiness) at their 5th Annual DV Conference and Awards Banquet on October 10, 2014.
P.O. Box 5354
Tacoma, WA 98415-5354
Contact David : (253) 906-6454
Contact Diane : (253) 318-6595