David J. O

David J. O'Keefe

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1987
Phone: 213-738-5860

An attorney whose name is synonymous with medical malpractice and professional liability defense in Southern California, David O’Keefe has demonstrated intelligence, civility and exemplary trial skills during the four decades he has practiced law. 

He is widely recognized for his victories in numerous complex trials alleging medical, psychiatric and emotional injuries caused by malpractice. Cases involving birth injuries, head trauma, emergency medicine, plastic surgery and anesthesiology are among his areas of expertise. "Every case has its weak points and we work to find them," is how David explains his outstanding record of trial achievement. Persuasion, ethical considerations, risk reduction and clear communication are his guiding tenets when defending clients in malpractice and professional liability lawsuits. David has served as lead counsel in more than 250 jury trials and arbitrations and is a member of numerous leading professional organizations including the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers as well as the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. These organizations which are by invitation only are comprised only of the most experienced trial attorneys in the country.

Representative Matters Include: • Defense of emergency room physician against improper treatment claims in the accidental drowning death of a toddler. • Defense of elder abuse case involving a dependent, brain damaged male, confined to long term care facility. • Defense of landowner in complex liability litigation involving an elevator shaft accident that resulted in an employee’s quadriplegia. • Defense of religious organizations and other nonprofit groups in personal injury and abuse claims. • Numerous medical malpractice defense verdicts involving catastrophic injuries alleged against obstetricians, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, cosmetic surgeons and physician practice groups. • Acting on behalf of religious organizations, defending against personal injury liability and property claims.

Loyola University, Los AngelesUniversity of California, Los Angeles, School of LawJ.D. 1964
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) International Academy of Trial LawyersAmerican College of Trial LawyersAssociation of Southern California Defense Counsel

Office Location

3699 Wilshire Boulevard, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2719
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants of the Los Angeles Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants of the Los Angeles Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law of the Los Angeles Metro Area
David J. O'Keefe has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!David J. O'Keefe has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!David J. O'Keefe has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice)
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male