“Our laws are the cornerstone of society. Thirty-plus years of legal experience gives me the foundation and knowledge to interpret laws in a just, timely, consistent and equitable manner. I can be relied upon to make decisions based in law and fact.”
— D.C. Cronin
Dennis moved to Spokane in 1983 to attend Gonzaga University School of Law, fully expecting to return to Connecticut after completing law school. But once here, he was “home”. Dennis’ legal career began in 1984 as a Rule 9 Legal Intern through the Gonzaga University Legal Assistance Clinic, then as a Rule 123 Intern in the Kootenai County Public Defender’s Office. Thereafter he accepted a Fellowship through Spokane Legal Services where he was hired as an associate attorney upon his admittance to the practice of law.
In 1987 Dennis was hired by his mentor and friend, the late Carl Maxey, from whom he received the moniker “DC”. Dennis and his wife, Theresa, reside in the West Central neighborhood and enjoy family gatherings, gardening, and their three dachshunds, Bubba, BeBe and BooBoo. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from Whitworth University, and looking to the next generation, her son received scholarships and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Brown University based upon the educational foundation he received in the public schools of Spokane.
Experience That Matters for You
33 Years On the Other Side of the Bench ★ Legal Services Intern and Attorney 1984-1986 ★ Private Practice Attorney since 1987 ★ Small Business Owner since 2001 ★ Judicial Experience ★ Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner Pro Tem 2005-2015 ★ Civic Service Highlights ★ Chair, City of Spokane Ethics Commission ★ Professional Service Highlights ★ Association of Family and Conciliation Courts President, WA Chapter ★ Northwest Mediation Center Executive Board Vice President ★ Spokane County Bar Association LGBTA Law Section Founding Member and Trustee ★ Spokane County Bar Association Family Law Section Chairperson ★ Spokane County Superior Court LSPR 94.04(1)(12) Family Law Mediator ★ Spokane County Superior Court Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Committee Member ★ Washington State Bar Association LGBT Section Executive Committee Trustee ★ Pro Bono Service ★ Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Service Commendation since 2008 ★ Center for Justice Free Legal Clinic Volunteer since 2017