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David Weil is the managing attorney at Weil & Associates in Long Beach.

He is one of only 14 attorneys to be certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in admiralty and maritime law.  He is also a "Proctor in Admiralty" member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and an Adjunct Professor of Admiralty Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and Chapman University Law School in Orange, California.


His practice is focused on the California Yachting and Workboat Communities, and his clients include marine lenders, yacht brokers and other maritime businesses, recreational boaters, commercial fishermen, workboat operators, marine surveyors, and licensed mariners. He is the former legal advisor to the California Yacht Brokers Association, and an active affiliate member of the National Association of Marine Surveyors and the American Vessel Documentation Association.


Dave was a commercial mariner for most of his life prior to attending law school. He was a salmon and king crab fisherman in Alaska for ten years, and a professional yacht and workboat captain for three years in Southern California. And, he currently holds a 200 ton Coast Guard masters license.


Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 70%
    21 years
  2. Business: 15%
    21 years
  3. Litigation: 15%
    21 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Charles Shields

    I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer.


    James Shields Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Adam Jay Jaffe

    I have worked on numerous matters over the last 4 years with Dave. He has precise legal arguments and a beautiful writing style that gets the court's attention - in a good way. He knows his way around the laws and the courtroom. Clients are lucky to have his expertise.


    Adam Jaffe Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Weil & Associates

295 Redondo Ave Ste 203
Long Beach, CA, 90803-5968


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Certified Specialist - Admiralty & Maritime LawState Bar of California2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor of Admiralty and Maritime LawChapman University School of Law, Orange, CA2010 - Present
Owner and Managing AttorneyWeil & Associates1995 - Present
Adjunct Professor of Admiralty and Maritime LawLoyola Law School Los Angeles2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Marine Bankers AssociationAffiliate Member2012 - Present
National Association of Marine SurveyorsAffiliate member1999 - Present
California Yacht Brokers AssociationMember / Former Legal Counsel1999 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesProctor in Admiralty1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rigel Marine Services . M/Y Thomas Crosby V, (C.D. Ca. 2011) 2012 AMC 2916The determination of what law to apply depends upon weighing the seven Lauritzen factors. Those factors point to the application of U.S. law, and U.S. law provides a maritime lien so that the arrest was lawful.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Log NewspaperAsk A Maritime Attorney (bi-weekly column 2006 - Present)2006
University of San Francisco Maritime Law JournalCharting a Course Through Dangerous Waters . . . 9 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 195 (Fall 1996).1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawMediating the Litigated CaseCetificate2009
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
California State University, Long BeachN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Cruising Club of America SPeaker SeriesLegal Issues Relating to the Purchase and Sale of a Yacht2013
2013 NAMS National ConferenceEthics in the Field of Marine Surveying2013
Cal Yacht Club Speaker SeriesEvaluation of Vessel Title Histories in Yacht Purchase Transactions2012
CYBA Northern California Law SeminarDiscussion of the Pitfalls of Unorthodox Deals2011
California Yacht Brokers Association, Law Seminar 2011: "Yacht Sales & the Law XIV"Yacht Broker Risk Management - Analysis of the "as is" Clause in Purchase and Sale Agreements2011
Cal Yacht Club Speaker SeriesDIsclosure Requirements in Vessel Sale Transactions2011
CYBA Northern California Law SeminarAnalysis of the Florida HMY Yacht Brokerage Litigation2010
CYBA Northern California Law SeminarYacht Sales and the Law2009
National Association of Marine Surveyors, South Pacific States Regional Meeting, May 2007"Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations"2007
California Yacht Brokers Association, Law Seminar 2005: "Yacht Sales & the Law VIII"Yacht Broker Legal Issues2005
NAMS 36th Annual National Conference West 2004"The Surveyor’s Role in Vessel Arrest and Foreclosure Proceedings"2004
California Yacht Brokers Association, Law Seminar 2004: "Yacht Sales & The Law VII""Minimizing Your Risk of Litigation in Yacht Brokerage Transactions"2004
California Yacht Brokers Association, Law Seminar 2003: "Yacht Sales & The Law VI""Yacht Broker Risk Management: Avoiding or Surviving the Disgruntled Buyer"2003
National Association of Marine Surveyors, South Pacific States Regional Meeting, August 2002"Risk Avoidance for Marine Surveyors"2002
National Association of Marine Surveyors, South Pacific States Regional Meeting, August 2000"Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations"2000