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David McDonald Ring

Personal injury Attorney at Manhattan Beach, CA

5.0   1 review

also known as Dave Ring

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Represent individuals seriously injured in accidents involving: autos, motorcycles, trucks, construction sites, dangerous premises, dangerous products.

    32 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Wrongful death
    Represent families who have lost a loved one in a vehicular accident, an industrial or work-related accident, a construction site accident, or due to a dangerous product or a dangerous property.

    32 years, 200 cases

  3. Brain injury
    Represent individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injury in a vehicular accident or as a result of an industrial accident or a defective product or dangerous premises.

    32 years, 100 cases

  4. Car accident
    Represent individuals seriously injured in automotive and motorcycle accidents, including those involving defectively designed vehicles.

    32 years, 400 cases

  5. Child abuse
    Represent children who have been sexually abused or molested by a teacher, coach, clergy member, scout leader or other perpetrator.

    30 years, 100 cases

  6. Motorcycle accident
    Represent motorcycle riders seriously injured in motorcycle accidents throughout Southern California

    32 years, 100 cases

  7. Trucking accident
    Represent those seriously injured in trucking accidents involving tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, and long-haul trucks.

    32 years, 100 cases

David Ring is a nationally renowned plaintiff's personal injury trial attorney and has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of seriously-injured individuals or families who have lost a loved one in a tragic accident.  For more than 20 years, he has represented victims of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, assault, molestation and sexual misconduct in cases against a variety of employers and entities, including schools, churches and youth organizations. He prides himself on providing aggressive, yet compassionate representation for children who have been sexually abused and women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

He also handles other major personal injury cases, including wrongful death, serious motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents, construction site accidents, product liability, premises liability, and employment actions involving discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination.

David has consistently been included on the prestigious list of The Best Lawyers in America, and is named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers as well as to its "Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California" list for several consecutive years.

David's representative results against schools and school districts on behalf of child victims, include:

  • $10.8 million jury verdict against a school district on behalf of teenage boy who was sexually abused by a teacher.
  • $6.75 million settlement on behalf of several boys who were abused by their fourth grade teacher.
  • $5.6 million jury verdict against a school district on behalf of a 14-year-old girl who was manipulated into engaging in a sexual relationship with her high school teacher.
  • $4.5 million jury verdict against a school district on behalf of two young girls who were sexually abused by their third grade teacher.
  • $3.5 million settlement for several children in the high-profile LAUSD / Miramonte School case in which Mark Berndt fed tainted cookies to students.
  • $3 million settlement against a school district on behalf of a special needs student who was sexually harassed and assaulted by another student.
  • $3 million settlement against a school district on behalf of a 13-year-old girl who was sexually manipulated and exploited by her middle school teacher.
  • $1.35 million settlement for a 14-year-old boy who was bullied by other students at a Los Angeles middle school.

In addition, David has obtained landmark results in a range of personal injury cases, including:

  • $18.6 million jury verdict on behalf of an injured motorcycle rider who was struck by a negligent driver.
  • $4.3 million settlement on behalf of a man who suffered brain damage after being struck by a vehicle while walking in a crosswalk.
  • $3.25 million settlement for a woman injured in a Metrolink train crash.
  • $2.4 million settlement for the parents of an adult disabled son who was struck and killed by an out-of-control car.
  • $1.8 million verdict on behalf of a sales executive who was terminated because of his age.

Also a fierce advocate of consumer rights, David is actively involved in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), the nation's largest local association of plaintiffs' attorneys in Southern California. He has served on the Board of Governors since 2005, as well as the Executive Committee. In 2016, he will become the President of the 2,500-member organization. David has been nominated by CAALA as "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013. He is also a frequent speaker and former co-chair of CAALA's Annual Convention. In addition, David is an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).

David's high-profile cases generate a tremendous amount of media interest.  He has appeared on The Katie Couric Show and The View, where he was interviewed by Barbara Walters regarding the YouTube case he is handling in which his adult client, Jamie, confronted her former teacher on a phone call and the teacher admitted to sexually abusing Jamie when she was 13 years old.  Jamie posted the phone confrontation on YouTube and it went viral, leading to international media coverage.  The perpetrator was subsequently arrested and charged with serious crimes of sexual abuse of a minor.

David graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1987 and "Order of the Coif" (top 10% of his class) from University of Southern California Law School in 1990.

When not watching his two young sons play sports, David enjoys playing tennis and attending Laker games.

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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2008
Dave Sets the Bar
Dave breaks away from all the lawyer stigma out there. I came to him with a very difficult situation and was amazed by the honest, genuine, real advice and time he gave me even before becoming a client. Throughout my case, I felt like I was talking to a friend more than a lawyer. He always made me feel comfortable, well-informed and confident that I was in the right hands and being represented by the best. I had an excellent and fast resolution to my case, which I know is because I came to Dave. If you want a top-notch lawyer with integrity, look no further. -Mary W.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Taylor & Ring
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • McNicholas & McNicholas
  • 1993 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Dickson, Carlson & Campillo
  • 1991 - 1993


  • University of Southern California Law School
  • 1990
  • University of Southern California
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Doe Parents v. Confidential Construction Companies
  • $1,500,000 settlement
  • Corbett v. Confidential Carpet Cleaning Co.
  • $1,000,000
  • Aubrey P. v. Bonita Unified School District
  • $2,150,000
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  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • President
  • 2016 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of American
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Board of Governors, Executive Committee
  • 2005 - 2015
  • American Association of Justice
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2014
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2014
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Honors and Awards

  • Personal Injury Attorney of the Year
  • California Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Top 25 Plaintiff Lawyers
  • Daily Journal
  • 2015
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (2006-2014)
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Nominated as "Trial Lawyer of the Year" (2007, 2009, 2012, 2013)
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America (multiple, consecutive years)
  • Woodward/White, Inc.
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • "AV" Rating (highest rating)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Up & Coming Lawyer in California
  • Daily Journal (California)
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • 10th Annual Mediation Awareness Week
  • Benefits of Mediation
  • 2014
  • CAALA 25th Annual Las Vegas Convention
  • Evidence
  • 2007
  • CAALA 24th Annual Las Vegas Convention
  • Ethics
  • 2006
  • CAALA 23rd Annual Las Vegas Convention
  • Ethics & Expert Witnesses
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
Endorse David
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David Ring is a personal injury attorney that helps people that have been severely impacted by the incident in which they were injured. I worked with David Ring when he represented four students that were molested by their elementary school teacher. I represented two other students who were also molested by that teacher. Mr. Ring did a great job for his clients and continues to obtain excellent results for injured parties, especially in the area of molestation."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a first rate trial attorney who consistently obtains large outstanding verdicts for his clients. Highest endorsement!"
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David Ring is one of the premier attorneys working in the field of personal injury law in the Southern California legal community. His firm has done some ground breaking work specifically in the area of sexual assault and abuse of minors. However, his firm is not just a one trick pony as he and his partner consistently return significant verdicts on a wide variety of claims involving personal injury. Bottom line is if you want to hire an outstanding attorney in the Los Angeles area regarding a signficant injury personal injury claim, don't hire anyone you see on T.V., as that is usually a recipe for disaster, hire David Ring and you will never regret your decision."
Brain injury Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. David Ring is an outstanding attorney and an even better human being. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney, you will be well represented and guided by Mr. Ring."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been a practicing attorney for several years. During that time, I have handled what I consider to be some very challenging matters. Based upon those experiences, I believe I have a good grasp of what I consider to be the qualities of an excellent plaintiff's attorney. Integrity, motivation, compassion, drive, courage and tenacity are undoubtedly characteristics that come to mind with respect to Dave Ring. But, his ability to relate to opposing counsel, his clients, the judiciary and anyone involved in the case is what makes him stand out from the rest. Dave Ring handles difficult matters - that are both challenging emotionally and intellectually - with sheer grace. In the time I have worked opposite Dave Ring, I see all of the qualities I would look for when choosing an attorney, which is precisely why I endorse him without any hesitation."
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