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I am a Senior Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Real Estate Attorney at The Gibbs Law Firm, APC since 1993. As of January 1, 2013, I took over as Senior Managing Partner of the Firm. In my bankruptcy and business practice, I represent individuals, small and medium size businesses in insolvency proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court. I also work regularly with individuals and businesses in out-of-court resolution of their debts. In my real estate practice, I represent buyers and sellers of commercial and residential income real estate. In this role, I am often responsible for financial feasibility analysis, negotiations, contract preparation, due diligence, pre- and post-acquisition disputes, and a wide range of real estate-related litigation. I have structured innovative solutions for clients including successfully representing clients in diverse business and real estate litigation, including creditor representation in bankruptcy proceedings, as well as matters relating to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Truth in Lending laws. I have applied solid relationship management skills in my position with The Gibbs Law Firm, APC. As such, I work collaboratively with clients, banks, brokers, and other constituents, demonstrating strong influencing and negotiating capability to reach agreements and build consensus among parties with often disparate or conflicting positions.

I have, in addition to my role as a senior managing partner at The Gibbs Law Firm, APC, founded and operated several small businesses. As the CEO of Homes of the West, LLC, a company I founded, I occupied a leadership role involved in establishing, launching, and operating a start-up Manufactured and Modular Home Sales and Development Company.

I oversaw all aspects of manufactured/modular home sales, real estate brokerage, and general contracting; including legal issues, financial analysis, contract negotiations, construction management, marketing, human resources, and customer service. As the CEO, I represented nonprofit developers in new home development with factory-constructed housing, including single-lot developments as well as community development. I provided ongoing leadership and direction to a team of employees/agents and external sub-contractors and vendors. In the course of operating this business, I maintained a class “B” general contractor’s license and a manufactured home dealer’s license (the Manufactured Home Dealer’s License has been retired). I still maintains my Contractor’s & California Real Estate Broker’s license, and am an active member in the Pacific West Association of Realtors®.

Prior to starting Home of the West, L.L.C., I started my first entrepreneurial venture – Pacific Housing Group, Inc. – in 1998. Pacific Housing Group, Inc. was started and operated as an independent Real Estate Brokerage and Consulting Firm. In my leadership role, I represented buyers, sellers, and developers in all aspects of real estate acquisition and development including title issues; hands-on management of all aspects of real estate brokerage, including direct responsibility for 75-100% annual growth for three years straight, balancing rapidly changing day-to-day needs of a small business, including operations, marketing, contract negotiations and enforcement, and management of 10 employees/agents; representation of nonprofit developers in subdivision and sales of subdivided units; representation of community associations in both management and consultative roles; ensuring compliance with DRE and other regulatory agency regulations and standards.

In my work as an Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Real Estate attorney, my experience with the start-up, management and sale of multiple businesses gives me unique insight into the workings of small businesses and real estate transactions. Unlike many attorneys with no “real world” experience, I am uniquely qualified to represent clients in a wide range of estate planning, bankruptcy, business and real estate matters.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 75%
    23 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 15%
    20 years
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    23 years



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  • Richard B Schneider

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known David through our affiliation with a national organization of estate planning attorneys that fosters professional excellence. David is a compassionate and knowledgeable estate planning attorney. He cares about his clients and makes complicated estate planning concepts easy to understand. I endorse him as an exceptional estate planning attorney.


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  • Joseph M. Masiuk

    It is my privilege to endorse this lawyer. He is a colleague of mine in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. His desire is to provide superior estate planning counsel resulting in a relationship which is in his clients' best interest.


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The Gibbs Law Firm, APC

903 Calle Amanecer #215
San Clemente, CA, 92673


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyThe Gibbs Law Firm, APC1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember2013 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2007 - Present
Orange County Bankruptcy ForumMember2007 - Present
Inland Empire Bankruptcy ForumMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re: Assessor for County of Santa Barbara v. Assessment Appeals Board No. 1 (Rancho Goleta Lakeside Mobileers)Pending
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Loyola Marymount UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bankruptcy Lawyer Sees New Business from Participation in Online Legal Advice ForumLaw Firm Marketing2013