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About me

I represent people who have been injured by the negligence of others. Over the years, I have handled a variety of significant personal injury and wrongful death cases. The cases have ranged from basic car accidents to motorcycle and trucking accidents resulting in death, from slip and falls to construction site accidents leaving a person permanently disabled, and from animal attacks and maulings to product liability cases. I have experience from case intake through Mediation, Arbitration, and Trial.

I initially worked as a law clerk for Lewitt Hackman during law school and then joined the firm immediately upon graduation. I initially practiced primarily in the areas of business, real estate and general civil litigation. During this time, I also became a licensed real estate broker. After a few years at the firm, I shifted my focus to personal injury and wrongful death cases. Since then, I have practiced exclusively in the personal injury department. 

In 2007, I became a shareholder of the firm. 

In 2009, I was named one of the top young lawyers in Southern California when I was selected as a "Super Lawyer Rising Star" by Los Angeles Magazine. I was selected again in 2010 and 2011.


Practice areas


  1. Brain Injury: 25%
    18 years
  2. Defective Products: 25%
    18 years
  3. Car Accident: 25%
    18 years
  4. Personal Injury: 25%
    18 years

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  • Tommy M Troncoso

    I’ve known Dave for years. He’s honest, hardworking and genuinely cares about his clients. He’s also a fantastic lawyer and extremely knowledgeable. When I need to bounce an idea off of another lawyer, Dave is the first person I contact. I highly recommend him without hesitation.


    Tommy Troncoso Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan, A Law Corporation

16633 Ventura Boulevard 11th Floor
Encino, CA, 91436


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super Lawyers Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2012
Super Lawyer Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2011
Super Lawyer Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2010
Super Lawyer Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2009
Certificate in Dispute ResolutionPepperdine University School of Law1998
HonorsGolden Key National Honor Society1995
HonorsBeta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Fraternity1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney Referral Service Committee MemberSan Fernando Valley Bar Association2012 - Present
ShareholderLewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan2007 - Present
Bench Bar Committee MemberSan Fernando Valley Bar Association2007 - 2008
Chair, New Lawyers SectionSan Fernando Valley Bar Association2004 - 2005
Settlement OfficerLos Angeles Superior Court - Valley Assisted Settlement Team2004 - 2008
AssociateLewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan1998 - 2007
Summer AssociateCity of Los Angeles1996 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesN/A2002 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1998 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
CA Real EstateLicensed BrokerN/A
Chatsworth Hills AcademyBoard MemberN/A
Knapp Ranch Park BaseballBoard MemberN/A
San Fernando Valley Bar Association - New Lawyers SectionChairN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Johnson & Johnson Recall - DePuy Hip ReplacementPending
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
California State University, NorthridgeFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1995
California State University, NorthridgeBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Local Business Community Outreach SeriesThe Closing Argument2012
Local Business Community Outreach SeriesWe Have a Problem: Texting and Driving2012
MCLE Seminar SeriesMaking the World a Safer Place: Case Studies and Results in Personal Injury Cases2009
MCLE Seminar SeriesRecovering Damages in Personal Injury Cases2008
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationHow to Handle a Personal Injury Matter2004
Community OutreachWe Have a Problem: Texting and DrivingN/A