David Wallis

David Wallis | Attorneys | Carson & Coil

David Wallis

David Wallis | Attorneys | Carson & Coil

David Wallis


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Originally from Southern California, David Wallis has lived in Columbia since 2003 when he moved here to attend law school. While in law school, David clerked for the Attorney General and Public Defender; upon graduating and passing the Bar, he worked briefly for the Department of Insurance investigating Title Insurance fraud. From 2007-2009, he worked as an assistant Public Defender in Cole County, handling all types of criminal cases and successfully defending complex felony cases including numerous acquittals after jury trial. In 2009, he was transferred to Columbia Public Defender Trial Office as an assistant PD and was promoted to District Defender in 2011, where he managed a staff of 21 including 14 attorneys. David Wallis has represented thousands of clients in criminal cases ranging from peace disturbance to first degree murder. He has successfully defended a first-degree murder case, two second-degree murder cases, several several high-profile cases, and many complex felony cases. He has tried over 50 jury trials and was first chair in 38 of those trials. David has practiced criminal law throughout mid-Missouri.

David lives in Columbia with his two sons, Clark and Rivers. They are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Areas of Practice:

Criminal Defense Law
Personal Injury



University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, J.D 2006
National University – San Diego, San Diego, California, B.A Legal Studies, Minor Criminal Justice 2003
Riverside (CA) Sheriff Academy, P.O.S.T Certificate
Gonzaga Preparatory High School, Spokane, Washington

Missouri State Public Defender, District Defender, Columbia Trial Office, 2011-2018
Missouri State Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender, 2007-2011
Missouri Department of Insurance, Enforcement Counsel, 2006-2007
United States Navy, Civilian Investigator/Analyst, 32nd Street Naval Station, San Diego, California, 1998-2003

Missouri Law Review, Member 2005-2006
Visibly Shackled, 71 Mo. L. Rev. (2006)

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