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Thank you Voters


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


  • 2003 – 2016, Tacoma Municipal Court. Currently serving as Presiding Judge. I have overseen Tacoma’s dedicated domestic violence court for the past 13 years.
  • 1994 – 2002 Harrison, Ladenburg, Schwartz, private practice, focusing in criminal misdemeanor defense, family law, business litigation, creditor-debtor law and personal injury.
  • 1994 – 2002 Tacoma Municipal Court Pro Tem Judge.
  • 1991 – 1994, Prosecutor, City of Tacoma
  • Member: Washington State Bar Association 1991 – present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers 1992 – 2000
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association 1991 – present
  • Admitted: United States District Court Western District of Washington
  • Puyallup Nation Tribal Court
  • Admitted to Practice of Law – 1991
  • Law Clerk (APR 6) 1985 – 1990 Judge Ladenburg studied for the law independently and passed the Washington State Bar Exam in 1991. See “Law Clerk” below about this unique success story..
  • Washington State University – Political Science Pre-Law / Bachelor Degree in 1981
  • Tacoma Community College – Associate of Arts Graduated in 1979
  • Bryant Elementary, Jason Lee Middle School and Graduated from Stadium High School in 1977
  • Tacoma’s Neighborhood Councils program. Directly involved in development of Tacoma’s Neighborhood councils program
  • Central Neighborhood Council- served as the first Chairman
  • Tacoma’s Community Council – represented the Central Neighborhood
  • Safe Street’s Campaign – worked with his neighbors to bring Safe Streets program to the Hilltop community focusing on crime reduction and addressing issues of drugs, violence and poverty.
  • Moot court trial judge moot for students interested in practicing law.
  • Civic Education – involved in for Elementary, Junior High, and high school students
  • Center for Civic Education – currently a national board member Read more about the successes of this program at http://www.civiced.org/
  • Married: Diane (Walk) Braaten
  • With Children:
    • Trevor Braaten, 38 – Meeker Elementary, Aylen Junior High School, Stadium High School, Tacoma Community College (And blessed with Grandchildren: Chase, Graci, Cora)
    • Tanya Bergstrom, 36 – Meeker Elementary, Aylen and Jason Lee Jr. High School, Stadium High School, Central College, Graduated from Washington University Tacoma (And blessed with Grandchildren: Arno, Riley)
  • Together we are currently raising our three children in the Family home:
    • David Brian Jr. , 22 – Bryant Montessori, K-8; Bellarmine Preparatory School, 9-12, Graduated from Washington State University
    • Taylor Berne, 21, Bryant Montessori, K-8; Bellarmine Preparatory School, 9-12, , Tacoma Community College, Washington State University
    • Daniel Benjamin, 15 ¾, Bryant Montessori, K-8; Bellarmine Preparatory School 10th Grade, aspirations for College

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.

Thank you for your Endorsements

Tacoma Police Union, Local #6
Pierce County Professional Fire Fighters, Local 726
Pierce County Sheriff's Office Corrections Guild
27th Legislative District Democrats
31st Legislative District Democrats
Frank Ladenburg, Attorney/Committee
John Ladenburg, Attorney/Committee
Connie Ladenburg, Pierce County Councilmember
Tanya Bergstrom, Committee
Blake Kremer, Attorney/Committee
Mike McKasy, Attorney
Monte E. Hester, Attorney
Rich Lockner, Attorney
The Honorable John McCarthy, Pierce County Superior Court Judge, Ret.
The Honorable Thomas Larkin, Pierce County Superior Court Judge, Ret.
Conor McCarthy, Tacoma City Councilmember/Attorney
The Honorable Brian Tollefson, Pierce County Superior Court Judge
The Honorable Michael Schwartz, Pierce County Superior Court Judge
The Honorable Elizabeth E. Verhey, Tacoma Municipal Court Judge
The Honorable James R. Heller, Pierce County District Court Judge
The Honorable Arthur J. Emery, Tacoma Municipal Court Judge, Ret.
The Honorable Dennis H. Ball, Tacoma Municipal Court Commissioner
The Honorable Randall L. Hansen, Tacoma Municipal Court Commissioner
The Honorable Sandra L. Allen, Milton/Ruston Municipal Court Judge
The Honorable Andrea L. Beall, City of Puyallup Municipal Court Judge
The Honorable David M. Christie, King County District Court Judge
The Honorable Thomas M. Ellington, Roy Municipal Court Judge
Kris Brannon, "Sonics Guy"
Alice Savage
Arno Bergstrom, Professor Emeritus - Washington State University
Barbara Ladenburg
Barry Ladenburg, Chair, 33rd District Democrats
Brian Ladenburg, Attorney
Brian Ebersole, Former City of Tacoma Mayor
Casey Arbenz, Attorney
Cathy Pearsall-Stipek, Former Auditor-Director of Elections
Chris Torrone, Attorney
Dan Ladenburg, Deputy Clerk
Dave Stipek
Dee Ladenburg, ARNP, Pediatric Nurse
Colonel Arno Bergstrom, Schryver Medical
Connie Perry
Chris Easley, Attorney
Chris Keay, Attorney
Chuck Ramey, District Court Admin.
Dale Ladenburg
David Sawyer, 29th District Representative
David Smith , Attorney
Derek Smith
Don Leebrick, Teacher, Ret.
Ephraim Benjamin, Attorney
Eric Hansen, Schryver Medical
Erik Bauer, Attorney
Erin White, Attorney
Frederick Hetter, Attorney
Gail Ladenburg
George Walk, Former PC Gov't Relations, Former State Representative
Jill Walk
Howard Comfort, Attorney/Rock and Roll Legend
Irene Housden
Jeff Whalley, Attorney
Jena Ladenburg
Joe Stortini, Former Pierce County Executive
Joanna Daniels, Attorney
Jordan Foster, Attorney
John Fuhrman, Attorney
Karen Ladenburg, J.A.
Karl Haugh, Attorney
Karl Williams, Attorney
Kathy Ladenburg Fraser
Kim Hann, Attorney
Jim Fraser, Biologist
John Quattlebaum, Investors Choice Capital Inc.
Jordan Foster, Attorney
Julie Lindstrom, Attorney
Lissa Flannigan, Treasurer
Lonnie Ladenburg, Attorney, Eims Graham, P.S.
Maria Barcelona
Mark Hsu
Mark Lewington, Attorney
Maryjane Ladenburg, Teacher
Michael Ewetuga, Attorney
Michael Ladenburg, Electrician
Michael Salazar, Attorney
Mike Stewart, Attorney
Mike Carpenter, Attorney
Nadine Ladenburg Chantry, All Seasons Pest Control
Nora Bretana
Randy Harrison, Attorney/Committee
Roger and Marlene Hanson
Rob Freeby, Attorney
Rob Melvin, Attorney
Rob Obeid, Realtor
Samira Obeid, Student
Sharon McMackin, S.T.O.P. Domestic Violence Supervisor
Stacy Mesaros, Health Services Admin.
Steve Burgess, Attorney
Steve Politakis, Banker
Sue Black
Tanja Hicks
Ted Rogge, Attorney
Terry Robinson, Attorney
Theresa Ceccarelli
Tom Stenger, Former Tacoma City Councilmember
Wayne Fricke, Attorney
Zeb Madison, Attorney

Team Ladenburg

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.

Making A Difference

They say I am tough, but fair. From these quotes - judge for yourself:


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.


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P.O. Box 5354
Tacoma, WA 98415-5354


Contact David : (253) 906-6454
Contact Diane : (253) 318-6595