David C. Allen Partner
David has proven time and again that he is able to navigate the most difficult disputes and litigation claims. In fact, the more complicated the problem, the more dedicated David is to resolving it. With more than 30 years of experience trying complex claims across the country in state and federal courts and arbitral venues, David has resolved federal multidistrict litigation, state coordinated proceedings, multi-party claims and nationwide class actions. He has represented companies in cases involving commercial contracts, real estate development, occupational and environmental chemical exposure, letters of credit and unfair competition.
Clients and colleagues alike appreciate that David is able to effectively and efficiently manage large-scale, high-stakes and protracted litigation. An outstanding team player, David has performed lead and supporting roles, including on multi-firm teams assembled to manage numerous related claims. David is the ultimate problem-solver. He understands how to assess sophisticated legal issues in light of the client’s business challenges and expectations. He works with clients to develop a strategy designed to lead to the desired result, while incorporating their bigger picture goals.
Although David offers a track record of helping clients devise successful strategies at trial, the reality is that most cases settle. He is equally valued for his ability to favorably settle difficult claims, saving his clients time, resources and money. Known for his skill in establishing credibility, opposing counsel knows that David can and will try a case if necessary. A straightforward and persuasive communicator, David designs litigation and settlement tactics that are both reasonable and balanced in light of the client’s business objectives.
David’s analytical abilities are honed and acute. He knows how, from practical experience, to best present his client’s position – both in writing and oral argument. Moreover, David’s industry experience is particularly broad, ranging from petrochemicals to logistics to marketing and sales of consumer products and from real estate development to product design, manufacturing and quality assurance, including medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
Prior to joining the firm, David served as managing partner of the Los Angeles office of another major commercial law firm, as well as on its Management Committee.