David Lesh has been an
Oregon lawyer since 1990. He served the
Oregon's largest county for five years as a
There, he prosecuted property crimes, vice crimes, controlled substance
assaults, sexual assaults, and sex crimes against children.
Mr. Lesh also worked for more than a year as a
the Portland Police Bureau's east precinct where he provided assistance to officers
on a daily basis.
More recently, Mr. Lesh served the City of Portland as
the lead civil attorney
to the Portland Police Bureau. In this position, he provided
advice, assistance, training and
lawsuit defense to an organization with more
than one thousand sworn officers.
In addition to assisting and advising law enforcement, Mr. Lesh has
litigated a wide variety of cases in state and federal court. He has
successfully defended law enforcement officers on claims alleging negligence in
police pursuits; excessive force; First Amendment violations; the unlawful
interception of communications; the unlawful use of trap and trace
devices and more.
was featured in the
Lawyers Weekly USA article, "Choosing a Jury in a Police
'Excessive Force' Case." He has written a number of articles on law
enforcement liability reduction and his work was most recently published in the
March/April 2003 issue of
Sheriff magazine. He has been
interviewed on law enforcement issues by CNN and USA Today among others.
Now a lawyer in private practice, David Lesh
provides private legal representation to
officers and others in
addition to his law enforcement consulting and training practice.
Mr. Lesh serves as
the Vice President of the Board of Directors
Activities League (PAL) of Greater Portland and
was named male Volunteer of the Year by the
National Association of Police Athletic
Leagues in 2003.