Dave Tarrell is dedicated to protecting the rights and liberties of people accused of committing crimes by the government. He is the current president of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, which is dedicated to educating and uniting criminal defense attorneys across the state. Dave practices criminal cases in both Federal and State Courts, with a focus on DUI defense, and has protected clients accused of crimes ranging from simple misdemeanors to complex federal drug conspiracies.
Dave earned his B.A. from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, then went overseas to pursue a M.A. from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. After he returned to Nebraska, he also earned a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Since being admitted to the Nebraska Bar, he has attended the National Criminal Defense College, and the Trial Skills Institute at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. Dave was also elected to Trial Lawyers’ College’s F Warrior Alumni Board, and returns regularly to keep himself up-to-date. He is a member of the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) and has been admitted to a seminar at Harvard University to gain even more training to successfully defend people accused of driving under the influence in Nebraska and Iowa.
Dave started his career as a public defender, representing the interests of defendants in a broad variety of cases. Dave continues to expand his case experience on the Southern District of Iowa’s Federal CJA panel and the Federal CJA panel in Nebraska. He has also appeared numerous times before the Nebraska Court of Appeals and the Nebraska Supreme Court. Additionally, he has pursued post-conviction remedies in both state and federal court and has argued in criminal appeals before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Dave not only loves to practice law, he also loves to write. He originally studied English, earning both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in the field. He has published articles in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers magazine, The Champion, as well as Trial Lawyers College’s magazine, The Warrior. In his spare time, Dave enjoys being a parent to his two grown daughters as well as fishing, hunting and kayaking.