David Ezra, a principal in Berger Kahn’s Orange County office, has successfully represented clients involved in insurance and employment litigation for almost 25 years and believes there’s only one way to practice law — 100% dedication to achieving the client’s objectives.
He has drafted hundreds of coverage opinions and been directly involved in the investigation, evaluation and handling of countless insurance claims. With that background, David is frequently retained as a consultant or expert witness in connection with insurance litigation. He also works as a mediator, having co-founded IDR Mediation Services in 2005.
David was added to the list of Best Lawyers of America 2015 Southern California in the area of Commercial Litigation and was selected as one of Orange County’s Top 5 Attorneys in the area of Insurance and/or Employment for several consecutive years by OC Metro magazine. He also was named to the list of “Top 100″ Southern California Super Lawyers for 2013-2015 and named to the list of “Top 50″ Orange County Super Lawyers for 2010-2015.
David has significant appellate experience, obtaining many published (and unpublished) decisions in his clients’ favor, including: Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Central Garden & Pet Co., 2013 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 6245; Farmers Ins. Exch. v. Kim, 2013 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 2309; Lomes v. Hartford Financial Services Group, 88 Cal.App.4th 127 (2001); Continental Casualty Co. v. Superior Court (Paragon), 92 Cal.App.4th 430 (2001); Padilla Construction Co., Inc. v. Transportation Ins. Co.,150 Cal.App.4th 984 (2007); and Molski v. Evergreen Dynasty Corp., 500 F.3d 1047 (9th Cir. 2007).
David writes and speaks extensively on legal topics. Some of David’s publications include:
Making Sense of California’s “Accident” Requirement in Liability Insurance Policies, Insurance Coverage Law Report, FC&S Legal (2 part article, Sept. and Oct./Nov. 2014)
Taking A Pregnant Pause: Potential Pitfalls In Applying The Business Judgment Rule And The Mixed Motive Defense In Employment Cases, Orange County Lawyer (Oct. 2014)
What You May Not Know About Uninsured Motorist Claims, Claims Journal (Aug. 2014)
Writing A “Winning” Mediation Brief, Mediate.com (Feb. 2014)
Loose Lips Sink Ships: Panel Counsel and Confidentiality, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Sept. 16, 2013.
Asterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment (Triumph Books (2008) (Foreword by Mike Schmidt)).
How Presley Homes Has Changed the Duty to Defend, Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2003.
‘Get Your Ashes Out of My Living Room!': Controlling Tobacco Smoke in Multi-Unit Residential Housing, 54 Rutgers Law Review 135-189 (2001).
Shedding New Light on the Cumis Doctrine, The Recorder, October, 1998.
Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones But Tobacco Smoke Can Kill Me: Can We Protect Children From Parents that Smoke?, 13 St. Louis University Public Law Review 547-590 (1994).
Separate But Not Equal: Gender Specific Dress Codes and Employment Discrimination, 3 Western State University Journal of Law 119-144 (1994).
‘Get Off Your Butts': The Employer’s Right to Regulate Employee Smoking, 60 Tennessee Law Review 905-955 (1993).
Licensed since 1990
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Southern California Best Lawyers list for Commercial Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Insurance Law||OC Metro Magazine||2012|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Insurance Law||OC Metro Magazine||2011|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Insurance and Employment Law||OC Metro Magazine||2010|
|Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Employment Law||OC Metro Magazine||2009|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2007|
|AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated||Martindale Hubbell||N/A|
|Principal||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||1997 - Present|
|Attorney||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||1992 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Super Lawyers||Nine Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2015|
|Attorney Journal||Attorney Journal Community News Features Berger Kahn for Recognition to List of “Best Lawyers in America”||2014|
|Insurance Coverage Law Report||Shareholder David Ezra Featured in Insurance Coverage Law Report “Making Sense of California’s Accident Requirement in Liability Insurance Policies – Part 2″||2014|
|Orange County Lawyer Magazine||Berger Kahn Attorneys Publish Article in O.C. Lawyer on Recent Trend in Employment Litigation Trial Practice and the Business Judgment Rule||2014|
|Super Lawyers||Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2014|
|National Law Journal||National Law Journal Identifies Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law”||2014|
|Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”||2014|
|OCR Metro||O.C. Register Metro “Top Attorneys” Features Managing Partner Craig Simon, and Principals David Ezra and Lance LaBelle||2014|
|Orange County Register||Orange County Register Features Managing Partner Craig Simon and Shareholder David Ezra for their Naming to the List of Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Insurance Coverage Law Report||Shareholder David Ezra Featured in Insurance Coverage Law Report “Making Sense of California’s Accident Requirement in Liability Insurance Policies – Part 1″||2014|
|O.C. Bar Association||O.C. Bar Association Recognizes Berger Kahn for Top Honors in O.C. Metro, Super Lawyers||2014|
|Claims Journal||Claims Journal Magazine Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in 24-Hour Reporting Column “What You May Not Know About Uninsured Motorists Claims”||2014|
|Mediate.com||Principal Dave Ezra Featured in Mediate.com for “Writing a ‘Winning’ Mediation Brief”||2014|
|Daily Journal||Daily Journal: “Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts||2013|
|Los Angeles Times||Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”||2013|
|Daily Journal||Daily Journal: Principal Dave Ezra on Appellate Review of Insurer-Appointed Defense Attorneys||2013|
|Super Lawyers||Six Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2013|
|CRE Radio||CRE Radio features Dave Ezra of Berger Kahn - "Lease Insurance Clauses"||2013|
|O.C. Register Metro Magazine||2013 "Top Attorneys"||2013|
|Daily Journal: Top Verdicts||Daily Journal Selects Suit Involving Berger Kahn as “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Dollar” for the Firm’s Role in the $69M Yorba Linda Water District Judgment||2013|
|Orange County Register||Column Features Principal Dave Ezra on Recent High-Profile Cycling Confession||2013|
|Daily Journal||California Employers Rack Up ‘Wins’ in 2012 Decisions||2012|
|OC Metro's Top Attorneys||When is it Workplace Discrimination||2012|
|The Los Angeles Daily Journal||Will Bonds Walk Again||2009|
|Triumph Books||Asterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment||2008|
|Los Angeles Lawyer||How Presley Homes Has Changed the Duty to Defend||2003|
|Rutgers Law Review||Get Your Ashes Out of My Living Room!: Controlling Tobacco Smoke in Multi-Unit Residential Housing||2001|
|Los Angeles Daily Journal||Misplaced Intent: Negligent Misrepresentation Claims are Not Insurable||1999|
|Insurance Litigation Reporter||Shedding New Light on the Cumis Doctrine||1998|
|University of California, Irvine||N/A||Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution||2005|
|University of Southern California Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|California State University, Fullerton||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|Monthly Seminar||Persuasive Legal Writing: Strategies and Tactics||2015|
|OCBA MCLE Last Dash Seminar||Mediation and Settlement: Secrets and Strategies You Can Take to the Bank||2013|
|Applying EPLI to Your Litigation Strategy||Employment Practices Liability Insurance||2010|
|Smoke-Free Californa||Legal implications of tobacco smoke conflicts in condominiums||2008|
|Construction Defect Seminar||Insurance Coverage for Construction defects||2005|