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:
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.
Licensed since 2000
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Southern California Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Southern California Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Southern California Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Best Brief Award, Medal for Excellency in Advocacy||American College of Trial Lawyers||1999|
|Semi-Finalist, Medal for Excellency in Advocacy||American College of Trial Lawyers||1999|
|Oralist Finalist||Southwestern University School of Law||1998|
|Best Writer Finalist||Southwestern University School of Law||1998|
|Dean's List||University of California at Santa Barbara||1996|
|Dean's List||University of California at Santa Barbara||1995|
|Senior Attorney||Callahan & Blaine||2010 - Present|
|Attorney and Team Leader||BKGG||2004 - 2010|
|Attorney||Weston Herzog LLP||2001 - 2004|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association, Business & Litigation Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Litigation Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|Active OC||Board Member||2009 - 2010|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2000 - Present|
|Southwestern Moot Court Honors Program||Board of Governors||1999 - 2000|
|Soutwestern Moot Court Honors Program||Member||1998 - 2000|
|Sun Life v. Nikta Andalib||$695,000 arbitration award for my client|
|Wrigley's Supermarket v. Pepsi Bottling Group||Monetary award to my client, who was only a defendant in the action|
|Confidential||Multi-million dollar settlement for my clients|
|OC Weekly||OC Register Carriers Lawsuit Finally Delivers an Ending||2012|
|Orange County Business Journal, Securities Supplement||To Judge or Not To Judge: Stage is Set in SEC v. Citigroup||2012|
|Business Wire||Callahan & Blaine Announces $30 Million Settlement of Orange County Register Class Action||2012|
|PR Web||Orange County Litigation Law Firm Callahan & Blaine Prevails in AMI Services Case||2011|
|Orange County Business Journal, Securities Supplement||Revealing Impact of a Dim Economy: A Deluge of Recent Ponzi Schemes||2010|
|Southwestern Univ SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Univ of California Santa Barbara||Communications and Environmental Studies||Undergraduate||1996|