Dave practices in the areas of Antitrust Liability, Professional Liability, Securities Litigation, Bank Litigation and General Business Litigation. Dave’s current practice is devoted to the trial of commercial and business matters, for both plaintiffs and defendants. Over the past three decades, Dave has represented clients as diverse as syndicates competing in the America’s Cup yacht races, numerous professional athletes in a variety of litigation matters, Fortune 500 companies in defense of antitrust and product liability matters, and a former Playmate of the Year defending her right to use her title on the Internet. He has amassed an impressive trial record representing corporations in major antitrust, securities and banking liability matters.
He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers as well as the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Dave was the 2005 recipient of the Daniel T. Broderick Award for trial excellence and professionalism as recognized by four major trial organizations in San Diego, where he has been an active leader in the bar including service as President of the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Foundation, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and the San Diego Chapter of ABOTA.
He has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for business litigation for the past 21 years and is now also listed for legal malpractice defense and Bet-the-Company Litigation.
He has been a frequent lecturer on trial practice and is a Master with the American Inns of Court, Louis Welsh Chapter. Dave has also served as a Lawyer Delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.
In his spare time, Dave enjoys skiing, running, coaching youth sports, and keeping up with his four children.
Dave has received an AV® Peer Review rating from the Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory. The AV® Peer Review Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence.
He has also been named a Top 10 or Top 50 Southern California Super Lawyers – San Diego Edition from 2007 to 2016. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers.
Litigation Practice Areas
- Antitrust Liability
- Professional Liability
Sempra Energy in the Continental Forge consumer class action (Natural Gas Antitrust Cases) — Dave served as co-trial counsel.
ARCO — Dave served as lead counsel in the successful defense of one of the largest consumer class actions in California history which sought damages for claimed antitrust violations in the retail sale of gasoline.
Ralphs Grocery Company — As trial counsel for Ralphs, he obtained a defense jury verdict in a consumer class action brought against Southern California’s three major grocery retailers alleging price maintenance in the sale of eggs.
Fortune 500 Antitrust Claims — He was co-lead counsel for a group of Fortune 500 companies in the successful prosecution of antitrust claims for the recovery of overcharges due to price fixing in the copper market.
Wells Fargo — On behalf of Wells Fargo and a predecessor bank, he achieved a string of favorable judgments and verdicts following trial in both state and federal court in representative actions brought by thousands of investors in the failed Pioneer Mortgage Company.
Manufacturer Class Action Lawsuit — Dave was also lead trial counsel for a team of attorneys who successfully represented California consumers in a class action lawsuit against a manufacturer of an ephedra dietary supplement for false and misleading print and television advertisements, obtaining a judgment for $12.5 million in restitution and injunctive relief.
Lawyer Misconduct Charges — He successfully defended a group of lawyers against misconduct charges relating to document production in the much publicized Qualcomm sanctions proceedings.