David specializes in complex business and commercial litigation in federal and state courts. His practice is broad-based, and includes multiparty, multi-forum litigation that often involves a multiplicity of individual actions arising out of the same conduct. He has handled cases involving construction defect, business torts, products liability, premise liability, professional negligence, environmental, employment, franchise, officer and director liability, bodily injury, securities, real estate and government contracting. He advises businesses and individuals on internal corporate investigations, contracts, employment, insurance coverage, risk assessment and alternative dispute resolution. He has represented client interests before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forestry Service, Oregon Racing Commission, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and numerous other federal, state, and regional agencies and courts. As managing partner of WLG, David supervises and directs eight attorneys providing legal services throughout three western states.
In addition to private practice, between 2005 -2014, David served by appointment of the Governor as the State Judge Advocate, Oregon National Guard; where after 34 years of service, he retired with the rank of Colonel. As the State Judge Advocate, David was responsible for the supervision and administration of administrative board procedures, briefing of investigating officers, legal assistance, military justice claims, litigation and other legal duties as required. David provided legal services in support of the Adjutant General and staff elements, as well as oversight of legal services provided to subordinate brigade commands. He also acted as the Staff Judge Advocate for consolidated legal staff for the Army and Air guard judge advocates and was responsible for the development and training of subordinate officers and staff to insure legal and soldier competency and core values. For his service, David was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Oregon Distinguished Service Award.
Prior to entering private practice, David served on active duty as a Judge Advocate in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Army. His assignments included: Chief, Justice Division, Military District of Washington, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. and as Senior Defense Counsel, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, California and National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. While stationed in Washington, D.C., David was appointed as a Special Assistant to the United States Attorney for the office of the United States Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia.
- M.S. Strategic Studies, U. S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, 2011
- J.D., Whittier College, School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, 1983 (Law Review and Moot Court Honors Board)
- B.A. Political Science, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1980 (ROTC Scholarship and Distinguished Military Graduate)
- U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, Leavenworth, KS, 1999
- U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Basic Officers Course, 1984 and Advanced Officers Course, 1994, Charlottesville, VA
- George Washington University, National Law Center, Masters Program, Washington D.C., 1988-89
David is a frequent speaker and has lectured on various legal issues before organizations to include the Federal Bar Association, Oregon State Bar Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Psychiatric Association, Council on Litigation Management and is an accredited Continuing Education Instructor in California, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. David has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.
David is admitted to practice law in the States of Oregon, Utah and Washington. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association, Multnomah County Bar Association, Central Utah Bar Association, Salt Lake County Bar Association, Park City Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar (inactive) Iowa State Bar (inactive) and is a member of the Federal Bar Association (Oregon & Utah Chapters), American Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, U.S. District Court of Utah, District of Utah, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
David enjoys an AV Preeminent® rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the highest attainable ranking by his peers for both legal ability and professional excellence in the legal community.
In addition to coaching grade school and middle-school club soccer and football, David has served on the Board and as President of the Beaverton Sister Cities Foundation, Beaverton, Oregon and as an ESGR Representative. He is a member of the Historical Outreach Foundation and the Oregon and National Guard Associations.
David’s personal interests include skiing, boating, diving, history and traveling.
He has also jumped out of an airplane (once).