Before Law, David was a journalist, completing a cadetship and working at The West Australian for five years as reporter and columnist. As a courts reporter, he became captivated by the jab, parry and uppercut of criminal advocacy and decided to leave journalism and study law.
David worked for 14 years at Legal Aid WA exclusively in criminal law. He developed a keen interest in the intersection of mental impairment and criminal culpability, worked in policy/management and senior lawyer positions, and lived and worked for LAWA in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. He still thrives on regional work and heads north for work or play whenever he can.
In 2009 David established his own practice, David Bodeker Barrister & Solicitor, to focus on his first love: persuasive criminal advocacy, as both prosecuting and defence counsel. He has also enjoyed his quickly growing body of violence restraining order work, and working within the complicated and fast-changing area of family violence laws.
David loves his work. His move to the private bar in 2022 was a natural progression in refining his advocacy skills and bringing his passion for criminal advocacy to new clients and broader arenas.