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David Gonor

Car accident Attorney at Encino, CA

4.3   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

I have been in practice for over 21 years specialing personal injury, consumer law, real estate and criminal defense relative to misdemeanors and traffic violations. 

Location

David Gonor
16255 Ventura Blvd
Suite 1010
Encino, CA, 91436

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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by Lorna | January 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT ATTORNEY
I was injured at as strip mall while I was "on duty" with work. I called several attorneys only to get sent to voicemail, which was undetrstandable, as it was over the weekend. David Gonor was the only attorney that returned my call. I am so blessed that it was him that returned my call as he turned out to be an AMAZING attorney. From the time I hired him until the case was settled and I had the check in my hand, he was always on top of everything. David kept me informed of all that was going on and more importantly educated me on the whole process, which allowed me to ask more pertinent questions. David never allowed the opposing attorneys to be in control. He always displayed a high level of professionalism, while exuding a down to earth persona. He made sure everything about my case was taken into consideration and worked hard to make sure it was a fair and decent settlement. Also, I had moved out of state in the middle of my cases, as David is licensed to work in other states, not only was I able to continue with him, he always made arrangements that I did not have to return to California for any proceedings whatsoever, which was a big bonus to me. I cannot express how thankful and grateful that I had David Gonor as my attorney. He also recommended a Workers' Compensation attorney to me as I was not getting the proper and timely medical care I needed through Workers' Comp. So wherever, in the United States, you are located, I would absolutely and highly recommend you to entrust your case to DAVID GONOR.
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Posted by Luciano | July 10, 2022
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Great Attorney
My client-attorney experience with David Gonor was outstanding. David not only mediated and enabled an aggregable settlement on a sensible matter involving parties that were very close, but he did so with much care, compassion and attention to details. The process was conducted by David in a very professional, humane, sensible and straightforward way, unburdening what could have been otherwise a difficult journey.
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Posted by Yvonne | January 20, 2022
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Awesome Attorney
First, I have to say that I had an awesome client-attorney experience with David Gonor, who represented me in an injury suit. My accident took place in October of 2019. Initially, I didn’t plan to do anything about it. I changed my mind because the establishment showed no concern about my welfare afterward. In addition, I was out of commission for longer than expected and will probably never recover to the state I was at before the accident. I reached out to Jacoby and Myers, who referred me to David Gonor. The adjectives I would use that best describe my experience with David are passionate about his job, compassionate and committed to representing his client, knowledge of the law, good judgment, and great communicator at explaining in layman terms the process at every stage. He made sure I was informed and updated on any turn of events related to the case via telephone and email. I never had to call David to inquire about the progress, unless I was returning his call. In my case, David's good judgment resulted in the best outcome for me. That being said, I had full trust in David’s professionalism, expertise, and ability to represent me, and he did an EXCELLENT job. I am happy with the outcome of my case, and would highly recommend David Gonor to anyone looking for an attorney who focuses on the best interest of his clients.
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Posted by Steve | November 17, 2021
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Good lawyer
Thank You David! I feel well taken care of. He was very responsive with any questions that i had regarding my case even on off hours. He was very informative which made me feel at ease in this troubling time.
Posted by Brad | July 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experience
Did a great job for us and negotiated a nice settlement. A true professional!
Posted by Rob | May 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Referral Ever, Thank You David.
I will be 50 in a few months and I have never had the need for an attorney till last year when I got hurt while staying at Oceanside suite up the coast. When I got home I tried calling their cooperate office, just hoping to get an apology and maybe even some of our money back. I was blown off and I never received a call and was never shown any concern of any kind. A friend of mine referred me to David M. Gonor at the law offices of SHAFFER AND GONOR, (phone 818.783.3333) best referral ever. When I called he actually answered the phone and we talked for almost an hour about what happened and if I had any options. He explained everything very slowly to me and spoke to me with words that any average Joe could understand. He did not set any unreal expectations; he gave me a very simple & clear time lime on how this could all go. He was always there over the last year when I had just the simplest of questions to me needing something explained to me again on why things happen in the ways they do. Me not knowing how this all really worked from time to time I would tell my wife after I would hang up with David; “Not sure how much that call is going to cost or add to my bill”. Thinking yes I did read the agreement I signed with David and his firm but I just knew there were going to be hidden fees that I would never know about till the end when it was time to settle my payout. Well I am here to tell you. David and his firm never charged me a dime for the any of the many questions I had over the phone, by email or text over the last year. They only charged me for services like getting my medical records etc… because I just couldn’t figure out where to go or who to even request my records from. The fees I was charged I was very aware of and they were in no way out of line or overpriced. These fees were taken off the top of my settlement, this whole process never cost me a dime out of my pocket. If you are looking for a fair and honest attorney to handle your case, one that will not sugar coat it, one that will take the time to help you understand the process then you need to call David. He gave me a # in the beginning when I asked, and he didn’t really want to answer it but he did and he hit that # in the end. I couldn’t be happier. As dumb luck would have it, as I said I am turning 50 this year and I have never been in a car accident in my entire adult life. Well 6 months after hiring David I was hit by young kid who ran a red light and totaled my car and put me in the hospital. Well guess who I called before I even left the ER? I will add another review after this case settles and thus far David has handled this one just like my first case. Rob
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Posted by Ruzanna | May 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
David Helped me get my life back
I was in a horrible car accident that could have left me paralyzed. I wasn't able to work for almost a year and David did the diligence to get me financially stable. I didn't know what I deserved but he did. He went above and beyond on my behalf to make sure I was taken care of. He is very kind, personable, trustworthy and honest. I would encourage you to hire David as your attorney if you need help.
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Posted by Bobby | May 7, 2020
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David is amazing!!!
I read these reviews of David Gonor on here and realize how the PI case universe if extremely unfair... I realize the people that had 1-star reviews did not get the outcome they were seeking. My experience with David was so good I have a tough time seeing the same person that some people have reviewed. Kind, thoughtful, and efficient would be the descriptive terms I would use. He was given a messy case that had spent nearly 18 months with another firm that had not gotten anywhere from the start. On the surface, I thought this case was simple. We then found out many elements of PI cases in California even when the police report is clearly in your favor. Geico had tried to not accept any part of the liability because the client denied he was responsible even though he explained he was to the police on the scene. David went to work and had the ball rolling right away. Within 6 months we had progressed from filings to interrogatories and depositions and finally the settlement phase and frankly, I had given up hope on even getting the expenses paid. But David worked hard and I walked away with a cash settlement. VERY PLEASED with all the service Mr. Gonor offered and put forth in this matter. He was a great advocate for us and I can't recommend him any higher! #DavidGonorForTheWin
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Posted by Kaen | April 12, 2020
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Good Lawyer to hire
David Gonor did a wonderful job on my fall case. First he set real expectations and kept me informed through the entire process. I was able to get in touch with him any time I needed and he was proactive in getting to me. He also made sure the settlement was timely and worked to get the best settlement available. Working with him was a easy process. Thanks for all you did!
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Posted by Steven | July 4, 2019
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Total Professional
After dealing with my situation for almost five years in total frustration I decided to seek legal help. I reached out to David and was immediately met with great advice and hands on personal attention, including weekend follow ups after hours. The entire case was settled within weeks. I only wish I had contacted him sooner. Immediate relief or so much stress. David’s honesty was very appreciated. Not only was his fees reasonable but his accounting practice beyond honest. Can’t say enough. Thanks David!
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Posted by Sonny | June 4, 2019
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As real as it gets
I was referred to David from another attorney who wasn't able to assist me with my injury case. David was there throughout the entire process calling me himself to keep me informed with the status of my claim. Who is saying he doesn't respond? If you are angry, take a walk and cool off. Don't smear a guy who works his dick off. One of the best I've ever seen.
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Posted by Andrew | March 14, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Incredibly Helpful and Willing to fight
After being referred to by the Los Angeles Bar Association, David took the time out of his busy day and spent time explaining to me the best process to take moving forward with a Collections matter, saving me time and the money to retain him. This is a rare occurrence, and based on my conversation with him he knew his sh*t. I would recommend him to anyone with a need.
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Posted by Julie | January 7, 2016
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Professional, Smart and Dedicated
David took my case regarding illegal actions by my HOA in October of 2014, and was just incredible through the whole process! He knew their actions were egregious, communicated with me constantly, and fought for me all the way to the end to get me the best possible settlement. Emails and calls were answered very quickly, and his advice was always sage and realistic. I have recommended several friends to him and will continue to do so.
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Posted by Carol | November 19, 2015
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A Great Experience
David was not a typical lawyer. I felt that once I walked into his office, I was talking with a friend. He listened to my case and then researched everything thoroughly. He was extremely supportive and thorough in all his communication. Whenever I had a question, he was very responsive. Even though we had to end the case due to unforeseen circumstances, he still followed through and contacted me to give me updates on the situation. I honestly felt like he was very professional and courteous but also very approachable and reasonable.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2008
Uliana G, Business owner
There was no attorney who was willing to take my case in the first place. David helped me a lot plus we managed to recover everything with little cost to me.
Posted by Antonio | May 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
All in all my experience with David Gonor was great. A lawyer I had previously was trying to go after assets and I guess figured out there were none and told me he couldn't be my lawyer anymore. David picked up the case and found out right away. So we did what my previous lawyer didn't. David was great with not just me but my family as well. We tried a few different options but all in all I couldn't have gotten more than what was needed.
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Posted by Abby Malone | December 31, 2020
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awesome People
They are the nicest group of people you will ever meet. They have made me feel like a princess. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Worst attorney office DO NOT HIRE THEM
Worst attorney office DO NOT HIRE THEM. I'm Having a conflict with them where they PROVIDE INFO to the mother of the kids WHERE she was NOT in the Accident just because she's a Fam/friend of her and I won't provide Pics here because everything its !!CONFIDENTIAL!!
Posted by Mayra | August 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Don’t hire this guy... he is a joke!!! Go read his yelp reviews! I’m not alone...
SDavid Gonor took my personal injury case back in July of 2014. When he accepted the case and he stated I wouldn’t pay a dime if he lost/dropped the case. David sent me to therapy while negotiating for my compensation with the property managers of the place of injury. Months passed and I never heard from David. Near the end of 2014 he contacted me to tell me I was going to receive payment for the injury after all. However, I never heard from him again. I called and left voicemails and emails and never heard back. Finally one day he responded with “he suggests I should take my case to small claims”. After that I didn’t hear back for a few more months. Around July/August of 2015, I received a letter from David’s office where he states he has officially dropped the case. He gives no explanation for his action. Currently, about a month ago I received a call from a collection agency requesting payment for the therapy I received back in 2014. I explained the situation the agent and he stated he contacted David and he refused to pay the bill. I called David myself, he took the call and I explained the situation to him. He responded with “are you the one that was leaving negative comments on social media about me?”. I answered yes, because I reviewed his services on this website. He laughed and said he would call me back with answers and he never called me back. Bottom line is don’t use this guy!
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2015
His worthless
This so called "lawyer" took my injury case back in July of 2014. So far, I'm the only one making an effort to contact him, he doesn't respond to my emails or phone calls. I haven't heard from him in over 2 months. I don't know what's going on with my case and I haven't been able to reach him. Very unprofessional, for all I know he could have cashed the money, if any, and I'm here injured, jobless and waiting for a reply. Don't trust him!
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Response from David Gonor July 31, 2015
It is hard to comment as this is an anonymous rating and I don't want to say something without knowing who you are. If you care to identify yourself I would be happy to talk to you about your complaints. You don't have to do so publicaly, just call me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Shaffer & Gonor
  • 1994 - Present

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1989

Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clearly dedicated to assisting those with concerns by answering questions in meaningful ways on AVVO. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Gonor are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a tenacious lawyer who cares about his clients and is always personally available to them. His work ethic and pleasant attitude make him a pleasure to work with."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled lawyer. A great attorney all around who has secured great results for his clients."
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