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David Jeff Darnell

David Jeff Darnell

Practice areas:

Litigation, Business, Insurance, Securities & Investment Fraud

About Me

David J. Darnell is a highly experienced trial attorney who helps clients win. He specializes in business, contract and commercial matters, as well as disputes involving corporate governance, fiduciary duties, fraud and other torts.

Mr. Darnell obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he majored in Communications and Environmental Studies. He then earned his law degree at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, where he participated in the Southwestern Moot Court Honors Program and served on its Board of Governors.

Mr. Darnell is an accomplished advocate with both the pen and in open court. In fact, his skills were acknowledged early in his legal career in the 1999 National Moot Court Competition, where he won the prestigious Best Brief award and was a Semi-Finalist in oral argument. 

In 2015, Mr. Darnell was selected as a Super Lawyer, a rating awarded to the top 5% of all attorneys in the state.  In addition, in 2012, 2013 and 2014, he was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a peer nominated honor bestowed on the top 2.5 % of all attorneys in the state who are 40 years of age or under.

As a professional, Mr. Darnell’s counsel has led to significant results for clients in jury and bench trials, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. One case in particular involved the defense of a multi-million dollar claim in a 6 week jury trial, which resulted in a monetary award to his client who was only a defendant in the action. He has also obtained numerous seven and eight figure recoveries for clients on the plaintiffs’ side of the bar. Some of Mr. Darnell’s recent cases include:

  • A compete defense for his clients in an eight day trial in which the plaintiffs had sought more than $7 million dollars on claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. After hearing the evidence and closing arguments, the trial court found in favor of Mr. Darnell’s clients and against the plaintiffs on all counts. In addition to zero liability, Mr. Darnell’s clients were declared the prevailing parties and awarded more than $17,000 in costs. 

  • A $15.5 million settlement for his client in a case involving claims of illegal dividends and breach of fiduciary duty against corporate officers and directors.

  • A federal jury verdict after trial awarding $731,450 to Mr. Darnell’s client. Through post-trial motions, the trial court awarded attorney’s fees, expert fees and costs in the amount of $324,407, resulting in a total judgment of $1,055,857.

  • A very favorable settlement for clients who were defendants in a wrongful death action arising out of unfortunate circumstances and presenting substantial risks of losing everything. The settlement avoided these risks and brought closure to an emotionally charged lawsuit.

  • The granting of Mr. Darnell’s motion resulting in the total dismissal of a case against his clients based on alleged constitutional and due process violations.

  • A $695,000 arbitration award for his client in a breach of contract case. 

Mr. Darnell is an active member of the California state bar and is licensed to appear and try cases before every state court in California, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Litigation: 50%
    15 years
  2. Business: 30%
    15 years
  3. Securities & Investment Fraud: 10%
    15 years
  4. Insurance: 10%
    15 years


Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

Callahan & Blaine

3 Hutton Centre Drive
Ninth Floor
Santa Ana, CA, 92707




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Southern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Southern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Southern California Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Best Brief Award, Medal for Excellency in AdvocacyAmerican College of Trial Lawyers1999
Semi-Finalist, Medal for Excellency in AdvocacyAmerican College of Trial Lawyers1999
Oralist FinalistSouthwestern University School of Law1998
Best Writer FinalistSouthwestern University School of Law1998
Dean's ListUniversity of California at Santa Barbara1996
Dean's ListUniversity of California at Santa Barbara1995

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior AttorneyCallahan & Blaine2010 - Present
Attorney and Team LeaderBKGG2004 - 2010
AttorneyWeston Herzog LLP2001 - 2004


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Bar Association, Business & Litigation SectionMember2009 - Present
State Bar of California, Litigation SectionMember2009 - Present
Active OCBoard Member2009 - 2010
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2000 - Present
Southwestern Moot Court Honors ProgramBoard of Governors1999 - 2000
Soutwestern Moot Court Honors ProgramMember1998 - 2000

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Sun Life v. Nikta Andalib$695,000 arbitration award for my client
Wrigley's Supermarket v. Pepsi Bottling GroupMonetary award to my client, who was only a defendant in the action
ConfidentialMulti-million dollar settlement for my clients

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Univ of California Santa BarbaraCommunications and Environmental StudiesUndergraduate1996