David Davidson


Offices: Newport Beach | San Francisco

Direct: 949-942-8518

Fax: 949-942-8510


  • Professional Overview

    David Davidson is a trusted resource and advocate to the professional service community (design, construction, environmental, real estate, and insurance) and is passionately committed to collaboration in their long-term strategic success. A seasoned trial attorney, Mr. Davidson oversees a broad range of litigation matters originating out of the firm’s Orange County and San Francisco offices.

    Respected as a trial lawyer, he also provides general legal counsel to publicly and privately held companies across a range of industries, including construction, real estate, hospitality and manufacturers. Clients have come to rely on his keen litigation experience as well as his skill in negotiating favorable results. His practice is focused on the vigorous defense of manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and individuals involved in products liability; sporting arms, ammunition, and outdoor products; toxic torts; professional liability; and environmental disputes. Mr. Davidson’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, firearms and ammo manufacturers, design professionals, real estate agents, brokers, contractors, developers, and entertainers.

    Mr. Davidson has built his reputation on handling high exposure troubled matters and has become a trusted resource and counselor to his clients. In that capacity, he focuses on contractual, risk management and litigation issues affecting the design, construction, environmental, and real estate professional community. He does so both as outside general counsel to many firms as well as short term interventions in pursuit of strategic solutions and remedies. Mr. Davidson also provides in-house training seminars to clients to help them understand changes in the law, trends in the industry and contractual risks.

    Mr. Davidson received his L.L.M. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (2001), his J.D. from Chapman University School of Law (1999), and his B.A. in criminal justice from California State University of San Bernardino (1996). During law school, he served as senior articles editor for the Chapman Law Review.

  • Practice Areas
  • Education and Admissions


    • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
      • LLM in Environmental & Natural Resource Law, 2001
    • Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA
      • Juris Doctorate, 1999
        • Chapman Law Review – Senior Articles Editor, 1998 - 1999
        • Appellate Moot Court – Co-Chair, 1999
    • California State University of San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA
      • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, 1996


    • United States District Court for the Central District of California (2001 - present)
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California (2002 - present)
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (2016 – present)
    • United States Federal Court of Claims (2002 - present)
    • United States Tax Court (2010 - present)

    States Licensed

    • California
    • Iowa
    • Washington
    • Wyoming
  • Professional Organization Memberships
    • Iowa State Bar Association (2021 - present)
    • California State Bar Association (2001 - present)
    • Washington State Bar Association (2017 - present)
    • Orange County Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
    • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
    • California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
    • American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC Allied Membership)
    • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)
  • News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
    • Panelist, Perrin National Construction Defect Conference, "Navigating the Minefield of Complex Cases (HOA, Condos, Hotels)," Ft. Lauderdale, FL, November 19, 2015
    • Panelist, Perrin Construction Defect Claims and Trial Conference, "Jurisdictional Update: Overview of Arizona, California, Nevada and Washington," Las Vegas, NV, June 21, 2018