David specializes in complex business and commercial litigation in federal and state courts. His practice is broad-based, and includes multiparty, multi-forum litigation that often involves a multiplicity of individual actions arising out of the same conduct. He has handled cases involving construction defect, business torts, products liability, premise liability, professional negligence, environmental, employment, franchise, officer and director liability, bodily injury, securities, real estate and government contracting. He advises businesses and individuals on internal corporate investigations, contracts, employment, insurance coverage, risk assessment and alternative dispute resolution. He has represented client interests before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forestry Service, Oregon Racing Commission, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and numerous other federal, state, and regional agencies and courts. As managing partner of WLG, David supervises and directs eight attorneys providing legal services throughout four western states.
In addition to private practice, David served for nine years (2005-2014) by appointment of the Governor as the State Judge Advocate, Oregon National Guard; where he held the rank of Colonel. As the State Judge Advocate for the State of Oregon, he was responsible for the supervision and administration of administrative board procedures, briefing of investigating officers, legal assistance, military justice claims, litigation and other legal duties as required. David provided legal services in support of the Adjutant General and staff elements, as well as oversight of legal services provided to subordinate brigade commands. He also acted as the Staff Judge Advocate for consolidated legal staff for the Army and Air guard judge advocates. David was responsible for the development and training of subordinate officers and staff to insure legal and soldier competency and core values.
Prior to entering private practice, David served on active duty as a Judge Advocate in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Army. His assignments included: Chief, Justice Division, Military District of Washington, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. and as Senior Defense Counsel, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, California and National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. While stationed in Washington, D.C., David was appointed as a Special Assistant to the United States Attorney for the office of the United States Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, lexandria, Virginia.
David is a frequent speaker and has lectured on various legal issues before organizations to include the Federal Bar Association, Oregon State Bar Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Psychiatric Association, Council on Litigation Management and is an accredited Continuing Education Instructor in California, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. David has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.
David is admitted to practice law in the States of Oregon, Utah and Washington. He is a memberof the Oregon State Bar Association, Multnomah County Bar Association, Central Utah Bar Association, Salt Lake County Bar Association, Park City Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar (inactive) Iowa State Bar (inactive) and is a member of the Federal Bar Association (Oregon &Utah Chapters), American Bar Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, U.S. District Court of Utah, District of Utah, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
Licensed since 1984
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|The Legion of Merit||Army National Guard||2014|
|Oregon Distinguished Service Award||Oregon National Guard||2014|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Managing Member||Wiles Law Group, LLC||1998 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|International Association of Defense Counsel||Member||2015 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Utah State Bar||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Claims and Litigation Management Alliance||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||N/A||1984 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||N/A||N/A|
|Oregon Association of Defense Counsel||N/A||N/A|
|US Army War College||N/A||Master of Strategic Studies||2011|
|Whittier College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Rutgers University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|