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David Brian Ezra

Practice areas:

Insurance, Employment & Labor, Business, Mediation, Appeals

About Me

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David has significant appellate experience, obtaining many published (and unpublished) decisions in his clients’ favor, including: Liberty Mut.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).

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Insurance: 50%
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
  3. Mediation: 10%
    10 years
  4. Business: 10%
  5. Appeals: 5%

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Michael Robert Kirschbaum

    I endorse this lawyer's work.

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    Michael Kirschbaum Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Neil Pedersen

    I endorse David. I first met David as my opposing counsel on a very interesting insurance coverage matter. He was a very fine advocate. For the next twenty years, I have followed David's rise in his firm and in the Orange County legal community. David is a consummate professional.

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    Neil Pedersen Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Berger Kahn A Law Corporation

2 Park Plaza, Ste 650
Irvine, CA, 92614

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199002/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Top 100 Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Southern California Best Lawyers list for Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Top 100 Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Top 100 Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Insurance LawOC Metro Magazine2012
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Insurance LawOC Metro Magazine2011
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Insurance and Employment LawOC Metro Magazine2010
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Employment LawOC Metro Magazine2009
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedMartindale HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalBerger Kahn A Law Corporation1997 - Present
AttorneyBerger Kahn A Law Corporation1992 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationN/AN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Super LawyersNine 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 JournalAttorney Journal Community News Features Berger Kahn for Recognition to List of “Best Lawyers in America”2014
Insurance Coverage Law ReportShareholder 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 MagazineBerger Kahn Attorneys Publish Article in O.C. Lawyer on Recent Trend in Employment Litigation Trial Practice and the Business Judgment Rule2014
Super LawyersEight 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 JournalNational Law Journal Identifies Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law”2014
Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”2014
OCR MetroO.C. Register Metro “Top Attorneys” Features Managing Partner Craig Simon, and Principals David Ezra and Lance LaBelle2014
Orange County RegisterOrange County Register Features Managing Partner Craig Simon and Shareholder David Ezra for their Naming to the List of Best Lawyers in America2014
Insurance Coverage Law ReportShareholder 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 AssociationO.C. Bar Association Recognizes Berger Kahn for Top Honors in O.C. Metro, Super Lawyers2014
Claims JournalClaims Journal Magazine Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in 24-Hour Reporting Column “What You May Not Know About Uninsured Motorists Claims”2014
Mediate.comPrincipal Dave Ezra Featured in Mediate.com for “Writing a ‘Winning’ Mediation Brief”2014
Daily JournalDaily Journal: “Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts2013
Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”2013
Daily JournalDaily Journal: Principal Dave Ezra on Appellate Review of Insurer-Appointed Defense Attorneys2013
Super LawyersSix 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 RadioCRE Radio features Dave Ezra of Berger Kahn - "Lease Insurance Clauses"2013
O.C. Register Metro Magazine2013 "Top Attorneys"2013
Daily Journal: Top VerdictsDaily Journal Selects Suit Involving Berger Kahn as “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Dollar” for the Firm’s Role in the $69M Yorba Linda Water District Judgment2013
Orange County RegisterColumn Features Principal Dave Ezra on Recent High-Profile Cycling Confession2013
Daily JournalCalifornia Employers Rack Up ‘Wins’ in 2012 Decisions2012
OC Metro's Top AttorneysWhen is it Workplace Discrimination2012
The Los Angeles Daily JournalWill Bonds Walk Again2009
Triumph BooksAsterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment2008
Los Angeles LawyerHow Presley Homes Has Changed the Duty to Defend2003
Rutgers Law ReviewGet Your Ashes Out of My Living Room!: Controlling Tobacco Smoke in Multi-Unit Residential Housing2001
Los Angeles Daily JournalMisplaced Intent: Negligent Misrepresentation Claims are Not Insurable1999
Insurance Litigation ReporterShedding New Light on the Cumis Doctrine1998

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, IrvineN/ACertificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution2005
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
California State University, FullertonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
OCBA MCLE Last Dash SeminarMediation and Settlement: Secrets and Strategies You Can Take to the Bank2013
Applying EPLI to Your Litigation StrategyEmployment Practices Liability Insurance2010
Smoke-Free CalifornaLegal implications of tobacco smoke conflicts in condominiums2008
Construction Defect SeminarInsurance Coverage for Construction defects2005