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David M. Ross


Of Counsel
Los Angeles,California

David M. Ross is Of Counsel in the firm's Los Angeles office and a member of its Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group.  David has extensive experience litigating complex commercial disputes, with his practice focused on contract disputes, commercial fraud, and professional liability.  David has represented individual and corporate clients in finance, real estate development, retail, power generation, oil refining and motion picture technology.  He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in contract and partnership disputes, securities and professional negligence matters, bankruptcy litigation, and in claims of fraudulent transfers and bid rigging.

David also devotes time to pro bono work.  He is accredited to represent veterans in claims to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and currently represents a veteran through the Inner City Law Center's Homeless Veterans Project.  He has also worked with Homeboy Industries to help indigent clients.

Prior Work Experience

  • McKool Smith Hennigan, Associate
  • Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller, Associate
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California, Extern to Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Palmer & Ross, "Managing the Summary Judgment Process," in "Bet the Company" Litigation 2010: Best Practices for Complex Cases (PLI 2010)
  • Bartko, Lottier & Ross, "Punitive Damages: Reaction by Federal and State Courts to Developing U.S. Supreme Court Guidelines," in Civ. Prac. & Litig. Techniques in Fed. & State Courts 1871 (ALI-ABA 2007); cited in Cerqueira v. Am. Airlines, Inc., 484 F. Supp. 2d 232 (D. Mass. 2007); presented at 2007 ALI-ABA conference


  • Selected for inclusion as a Super Lawyers Southern California—Rising Star 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016


  • Member, Board of Governors, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • ABTL Young Lawyers Division, Advisory Committee
  • LACBA Barristers, member

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law,San Francisco,California
    • J.D., Executive Articles Editor, Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal
  • University of California, San Diego
    • B.S.