David D. Cardone

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick, LLP

Recognized since 2021

San Diego, California

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

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David is a founding partner of Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick, LLP. For over a decade, his practice in Southern California has included business and corporate representation, commercial litigation, including class action and employment matters of all types, and professional liability defense. He regularly appears in California trial and appellate courts. He also regularly represents and counsels businesses on strategic, non-litigation and risk management matters.From 2006-2008, David served as one of six judicial law clerks to Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In that role, David worked on dozens of majority and collateral opinions, reviewed and recommended the disposition of scores of petitions for allocatur, which is the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s discretionary review mechanism, and attended over 100 oral arguments.Prior to his clerkship, David practiced in both Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, where he was primarily involved in large-scale commercial insurance coverage litigation.

David has authored legal articles on topics such as the First Amendment rights of third-party political candidates and an assessment of appellate practice as a distinct legal practice area. He regularly authors articles for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel’s Verdict magazine.David has taught advanced legal writing, trial tactics, and litigation tactics courses at multiple law schools, and he has been involved in judging numerous collegiate and law school mock trial and moot court competitions since 2003.David has been recognized as a Practitioner Contributor to the Abridged 9th Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary. He volunteers for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Pro Bono Program. David is actively involved in the Penn State and Duquesne University alumni associations and volunteers to counsel students interested in attending these schools.From 2011 through 2015, David served on the board of directors of the San Diego Defense Lawyers and as the editor of its quarterly publication, The Update. In 2015, David was recognized in the San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list.

Contact & Links
  • 750 B Street, Suite 2620
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • Duquesne University, JD, graduated 2003
  • Penn State, BA, graduated 1999
Bar Admissions
  • California, 2003
State Clerkships
  • Pennsylvania - Supreme Court

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Transportation Law


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