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I am often called a Lawyer's' Lawyer, which means more than being go to counsel for lawyers in trouble or need of advice. It means that lawyers, who are the best judge of the quality of our work and our devotion to clients and, yes, winning, come to us and refer their own clients. I am first, last and always, a trial lawyer. I try business cases, professional liability cases, insurance cases. Uniquely, I and my partner, Bill Mills, represent both clients and lawyers in professional liability cases. At the end of the day, the quality of lawyer is measured not only in clients and victories, but in service to the profession and the community. I try to live by that measure.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Contact info

800 West Sixth Street
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA, 90017

Parker Mills, LLP

800 West Sixth Street
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA, 90017


Practice areas


  1. Ethics: 50%
    39 years
  2. Litigation: 50%
    39 years



Hourly ($450-550/hour)

Payment types:


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  • Irena Shiloh

    David is an excellent attorney who is highly regarded by his clients, as well as his peers in the legal community. His vast knowledge, decades of experience, and high ethical standards are accompanied by his great personality and ability to connect with people both on a professional and personal level.


    Irena Shiloh Family Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Mitchell Fred Kaufman

    I have known Dave my entire legal career having first worked with him even before becoming a lawyer. I know of no finer lawyer in this area of practice and any client can rest assured that they are in the most extremely capable set of hands with Dave as their counsel.


    Mitchell Kaufman Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Super Lawyers of Southern CaliforniaSuperLawers2014
AV ratedMartindale-Hubbell1993
Order of the CoifUCLA School of Law1976
Associate Editor, UCLA Law ReviewUCLA School of Law1975
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerParker Mills LLP1995 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaCommittee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration2013 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocates (Los Angeles Chapter)Member2009 - Present
Association of Professional Responsibility LawyersMember2005 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Committee on Professional Responsibility and EthicsMember; Former Chair1999 - Present
Association of Business Trial LawyersMember; former member of Board of Governors1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, various sections1977 - Present
State Bar of California, Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and ConductMember2007 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Yvette Marine v. Virgin RecordsDefense verdict
Bergen Brunswig v. Latham & WatkinsDefense verdict, including cross-complaint for fee
Madgett v. Bryan CaveDefense verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles County Bar Association UpdateBeware of Opposing Counsel Bearing Gifts2008
Los Angeles County Bar Association, County Bar UpdateThe California Rules of Professional Conduct: The Good, the Bad, and the Utterly Confusing2005
Advising and Defending Corporate Directors and OfficersDirectors' and Officers' Liability Insurance2005
Los Angeles County Bar Association UpdateThe Informed Consent Doctrine: What’s Good for the Patient is Good for the Client2005
Los Angeles County Bar Association UpdateAfter Attorney Error: What is the Duty to Assist the Former Client in Mitigating Consequences?2003
Los Angeles LawyerExpert Grilling2001
Never-Ending StoryNever-Ending Story: Malicious Prosecution in California2001
Quality Assurance ReviewBaggage Handling: Conflicts in Law Firm Acquisitions and Mergers2000
Insights: The Corporate & Securities Law AdvisorLaw Firm Liability Under the Federal Securities Laws1992
California Litigation MagazineIn Defense of the Litigation Privilege1988
Loyola Law ReviewAttorney Liability Under the Securities Laws After Ernst & Ernst v. Hochfelder1977
UCLA Law ReviewJuveniles in the Criminal Courts: A Substantive View of the Fitness Decision1976
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of California - Los AngelesLatin American StudiesOther - Bachelors1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Statewide Ethics Symposium“Advance Absolution: Ten Deadly Sins in Attorney-Client Engagement Agreemen2009
State Bar of California Annual Conference“Avoiding Involuntary Pro Bono Work: Form the Attorney-Client Relationship and Collecting Fees”,2009
Real Estate RestructuringEthics: Considerations for Working with Distress Properties2009
Nuts & Bolts: Basic Litigation Skills: Essential Tools for LawyersBlockbuster Ethics Cases: Things You Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble - Crucial Tips to Prevent Malpractice2009
Twelfth Annual Statewide Ethics SymposiumEthical Issues in Class Actions and Derivative Litigation2008
State Bar of California Annual ConferenceRecognizing Interests and Avoiding Conflicts2008