About David Catechi
I am a husband, father, friend, and son. I love to ride bicycles. I’d rather wear jeans and flip flops (yes, on a bike) than a suit. I love listening to people. I take the “counselor” descriptor for a lawyer very seriously. I am fairly obsessive about coffee.
I am passionate about what I do and I care deeply about my clients. Each client has a story that reminds me why I do what I do. My work brings to my door people who have been traumatized, who are recovering from injuries, who are fighting a tangled web of insurance companies denying coverage or who are facing a mounting pile of medical bills with no insurance to protect them. Helping to relieve clients of the pressures of dealing with insurers and financial strain so that they can focus on their physical and emotional recovery brings me tremendous satisfaction.
I also love being a lawyer and using the law to serve. I practiced law as a corporate litigation attorney for several years until I followed my heart to Seattle and to advocacy for people who ride bicycles. The convergence of my passions has led me right to where I was meant to be—here as Seattle Bicycle Advocate.
My Philosophy. My joy in this work comes from getting to know my clients and representing individual people, each of whom has their own story. It is important to me to get my clients what they need to recover and rebuild. Knowing each client’s story and what is most important to them helps me better represent my clients and their values.
Where did your passion for bicycling begin? My love for bicycling began when I was living in San Francisco. Driving a car in San Francisco was very impractical. It turned out that getting around on my old steel mountain bike was equally impractical. Then, in the basement of a bicycle-mechanic friend of mine, I saw it: A blue British road bike called the Viscount Grand Prix. He told me that this bike had been recalled in the late ‘70s for what was called the “death fork”—a front cast aluminum fork that would detach without warning. “You had me at ‘death fork’!”
Since that day, this bicycle has been my stalwart, my steed, and a trusted friend. There wasn’t an inch of San Francisco that I didn’t explore on that bike and it remains my primary commuter today.