Dave is a former federal prosecutor and seasoned plaintiffs trial lawyer that has dedicated his career to helping ordinary people get through extraordinary circumstances. Dave has obtained over $75 million dollars for his clients in just the past few years through outstanding settlements and verdicts in difficult cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic injuries, premises liability, and fraud. Dave has been recognized by his San Diego peers as a Super Lawyer, Outstanding Trial Lawyer, and Distinguished Alumni of the University of San Diego School of Law.
Dave has had remarkable success as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs who have been injured. Dave took a zero-offer wrongful death motorcycle accident case to trial against the United States, prevailed, and obtained $5 million dollars for his clients. In another case, Dave and his client rejected a $300,000 settlement offer for a broken ankle after an auto accident, prevailed at trial, and obtained $1.1 million dollars. Recently, Dave tried a case involving a slip and fall on water at a supermarket that aggravated his client’s shoulder arthritis, and the jury returned a verdict for $1.43 million dollars. Dave’s aggressive but pragmatic approach has also led to over a dozen seven figure settlements for his clients on the courthouse steps.
Dave is also adept at successfully prosecuting complex mass tort fire claims and as a result was asked to try the Powerhouse Fire case against the City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power. The case resolved days before trial was set to start, and ultimately the victims received a payout of approximately $103 million dollars. Dave sat on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the 2015 Butte Fire that was litigated against PG&E in Sacramento, and currently sits on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in San Francisco for the 2017 North Bay wildfire litigation, and the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committees for the 2017/2018 Thomas Fire and Woolsey Fire litig