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David Ethan Libman

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

5.0   5 reviews

Licensed for 21 years

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Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    40%
    A significant portion of Mr. Libman's practice involves civil litigation. In this capacity, Mr. Libman has been able to consistently achieve successful outcomes that meet or exceed client expectations in, among other things, multi-million dollar complex business disputes involving breach of contract and related tort claims, real property disputes involving quiet title and unlawful detainer claims, unfair competition claims and creditor/debtor disputes.

    110 cases

  2. Real estate
    25%
    Mr. Libman assists clients with all aspects of real estate transactions including negotiating the deal. Mr. Libman also frequently litigates real estates matters involving quiet title, partition, specific performance and evictions.

  3. Business
    20%
    Mr. Libman frequently helps his business clients in setting up LLCs (essentially, partnerships with limited liability) or corporations. Thereafter, Mr. Libman assists with entity governance issues and most importantly, negotiating and making deals.

  4. Estate planning
    12%
    Mr. Libman prepares estate plans for clients that include wills, trust, healthcare directives, powers of attorney and other related documents to ensure that clients' affairs are in order.

  5. Tax
    3%
    With a master of laws degree (LL.M.) from UCLA in business law with a tax emphasis, Mr. Libman devotes part of his practice to tax matters, including property tax appeals and the occasional tax opinion.

Since his admission to the California bar in 2001, David E. Libman, Esq., LL.M. has had the opportunity to practice in a variety of related and complementary practice areas. These days, David’s practice focuses primarily on business, real estate and tax matters. David’s practice often involves civil litigation – an arena in which he has successfully tried and/or settled cases in both California and Colorado. David has been able to consistently achieve successful litigation outcomes that have met or exceeded his client’s expectations. Those lawsuits have included, among other things, multi-million dollar complex business disputes involving breach of contract and related tort claims (e.g., breach of fiduciary duties, negligence, unfair competition, fraud etc.), creditor/debtor disputes and real property disputes involving quiet title and unlawful detainer (a.k.a. eviction) claims. David’s practice also often extends to assisting and advising clients on a variety of other matters that are important to their particular needs, including: (1) transactional matters, such as those related to (a) entity formation, e.g., the creation of a partnership, LLC or corporation, and (b) later governance and compliance issues for those existing entities; and (2) real estate transactions, e.g., the negotiation of leases, purchase agreements or promissory notes. In 2008, David received a master of laws degree (LL.M.) from UCLA in business law with a tax emphasis. As such, David devotes part of his practice to estate planning and tax matters. With estate planning, David works with his clients to develop a comprehensive strategy that works best for them and their particular needs – not just a cookie-cutter “one size fits all” approach. In the tax arena, David represents clients in disputes with various taxing authorities, where his successes have included: (1) an IRS appeal where he helped secure a $0 liability decision from the IRS after it threatened his client with over $1 million in income tax liability; (2) a property tax appeal where he helped secure a $1.5 million reduction in assessed value from the County’s original assessment; and (3) a sales tax audit in which he successfully negotiated a near 50% reduction from the California State Board of Equalization’s initially proposed tax liability. David is also well-versed in advising clients on tax matters involving: (1) the establishment of Internal Revenue Code Section 468B qualified settlement funds; (2) qui tam recoveries under federal and state False Claims Acts; (3) transaction optimization; (4) property tax assessment and related exclusions; (5) 1031 exchanges; and (6) the provision of Circular 230 opinions regarding income characterization. Indeed, even if a client does not approach David for tax advice, David has come to realize that his knowledge of tax issues ends up being a value added component to the other services he provides. Though the Orange County’s Community Service Programs, Inc., David has completed the requisite training as dictated by the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act of 1986 to serve as a mediator, including in unlawful detainer disputes. David expects his role as a mediator will become an increasingly prominent aspect of his practice in the coming years due to the continuing backlog of litigation in California court system. Prior to becoming a lawyer, David worked professionally as a musician for years, first in New York (where he obtained a bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School), and later in Los Angeles and Orange County. As a musician – specifically, a drummer – David has recorded albums; played as the house drummer on a nationally syndicated television set talk show; toured domestically and internationally; and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Universal Amphitheatre. David has a particular love for jazz and believes that the listening and creative skills he has honed as musician serve him well in his capacity as an attorney. Indeed, many consider David to be “the lawyer who listens.” David still continues to play music as an application in various venues throughout Orange County, and he also often writes for DRUM! Magazine as a reviewer an interviewer. Finally, David is most proud of his family. He has been married to his beautiful, creative and artistic wife Andrea for 24years – thus demonstrating that David knows how to make fantastic decisions. David and Andrea have two highly intelligent, kind and talented sons, Mathieu and Joel, ages 23 and 20. 

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Licensed for 21 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 08/06/2022
State CO
Status Inactive
Acquired 2014
Updated 10/04/2022

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Contact David

Law Office of David E. Libman, APC
2041 N. Main St.
Suite A
Santa Ana, CA, 92706

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Posted by LOU | September 3, 2013
Lou's Excellent Review
David is quick to respond to my legal needs. He always has time to discuss my cases and to answer my many questions. David represented me against the IRS going to tax court. He accomplished a miracle, a no change of four years' tax returns (IRS accepted the returns as filed). That was after an audit assessed a multi-million dollar tax shortage. In addition, David has represented me in cases of defaulted loans, foreclosures, bankruptcies, stocks held as collateral for loans, and other real estate lending matters in which I was the lender / plaintiff.
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Posted by Kelly | September 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I highly recommend David Libman. He specializes in business law and real estate law. He helped my family with a legal issue. He treated us with respect and explained the process thoroughly. He was helpful beyond words. It was great knowing we were being helped by a knowledgeable, caring, experienced attorney, who is passionate about his profession.
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Posted by Ramy | January 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fabulous Attorney
I've had the pleasure of working with David for some time now and I can earnestly say he's one of the best attorneys I've had the pleasure of working with. I will continue to send anyone his way that needs help. He is knowledgable, caring, and fights!
Posted by Priscilla | October 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Resource
I have known David for a few years and so grateful to have him as a resource. It took me years to find a Real Estate attorney that I felt confident to refer to clients. He has been helpful in all our Real Estate Legal questions. I have referred him to many clients, and I have only heard great feedback from our clients. He is a true professional, that understands the legal ins and out in real estate law. I highly recommend David.
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Posted by Vic | March 13, 2015
Owner
My opinion of David is,if I could give him 20 rating I would give it to him. David is EXCELLENT. I feel when I was talking to David,that I was talking to a Friend,NOT AN ATTORNEY he made you feel that comfortable. He was VERY informative and gave you the positives & negatives. Gave ALL of his attention to you. When we finished I walked out and felt I just visited a friend and I think I did. I would not hesitate to Highly recommend him to anyone. The Best.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of David E. Libman
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Enterprise Counsel Group, ALC
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Tax Attorney
  • Wood & Porter
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Senior Associate
  • Enterprise Counsel Group, Alc
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Berger Kahn A Law Corporation
  • 2001 - 2002
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Education

  • UCLA Shool of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2008
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
  • 2001
  • Juilliard School
  • BM - Bachelor of Music
  • 1992

Associations

  • Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Kiwanis AKTion Club
  • Charter Member and Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • One of Orange County's "Best Lawyers"
  • OC Metro Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • California Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Vol. 57, No. 3, Orange County Lawyer Magazine
  • Recent Changes to Circular 230 Make Written Tax Opinions Less Expensive and More Accessible
  • 2015
  • Vol. 127, No. 4, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Several tax law changes in store for 2014 (co-authored with Carly McKeeman)
  • 2014
  • Vol. 18, No. 7, The M&A Tax Report 6
  • Nonrecognition of Warrants Exchanged in a Corporate Reorganization
  • 2010
  • Vol. 18, No. 6, The M&A Tax Report 1
  • All in the Family: Castle Harbour Gives New Meaning to Extended Family
  • 2010
  • Vol. 18, No. 6, The M&A Tax Report 7
  • Review: State Unclaimed Property Laws: Best Practices for Compliance 2009
  • 2010
  • Vol. 17, No. 6, The M&A Tax Report 4
  • Reconsidering Rescission
  • 2009
  • Journal of Practical Estate Planning
  • Alternative Approaches to Subtrust Funding in a Declining Economy
  • 2008
  • Chapman Law Review
  • How to Fund and Administer Post-Death Subtrusts in a Declining Economy
  • 2008
  • Tax Notes
  • Our Nation Needs a Simplified Health Savings Account System
  • 2008
  • Vol. 17, No. 2, The M&A Tax Report 1
  • Escrows and the New 468B Regulations
  • 2008
  • Tax Notes
  • Subtrust Funding in a Declining Economy
  • 2008
  • Vol. 17, No. 1, The M&A Tax Report 4
  • Review of PLI’s Tax Planning for Domestic and Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures and Other Strategic Alliances 2008
  • 2008
  • Orange County Lawyer Magazine
  • Identity Theft: Who Cares About Sticks And Stones?
  • 2005
  • Western States Surety Conference
  • 2003 California Surety Case Law Update
  • 2003
  • Lecture Materials for ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Convention
  • The Trial
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (10)
Real estate Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is such a great resource for business owners and those with real estate issues. He's detailed, experienced, and very responsive. I highly recommend him."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a wonderful attorney and person. He genuinely cares for his clients and getting the best outcome for their case. Not only do I consider David a friend, but I referred my parents to him to work on a real estate matter because of his wealth of knowledge on the subject and his calm and measured disposition. He is a true professional that his clients can trust and his opponents will respect; Old School in the best sense."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've been really impressed by David. He has such compassion for his clients and will always do what is right by them. I have referred several people to David over the past year and each one has come back with the same review - he is amazing, he listened, and he is very well-versed in the law. You can't ask for a better combination in one attorney."
Business Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"One of the highest compliments an attorney can receive is from former opposing counsel. When I went up against David, I sensed his genuine concern for his client. He advocated intelligently and passionately for his client, but also did so in the most professional manner (which does not go unnoticed by judges and juries). He was so effective that I remembered him and referred one of my own cases to him when I had a medical emergency. He successfully closed out the case in a very short time frame to the client's benefit. David is, without a doubt, one of the highest tier lawyers I know, and as such, is an asset to both the State Bar as well as to the community at large."
Tax Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is extremely talented , and an outstanding Lawyer . He goes the extra mile for his clients . All of the referrals that I have made to David are extremely happy with the quality of service he has provided ."
Tax Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Libman is a highly intelligent and extremely capable attorney who has always practiced with honesty and integrity. I would not hesitate to refer him to friends or family nor would I hesitate to hire him for my own needs if they should arise."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is an attorney of the highest abilities and integrity. He offers extensive experience in litigation along with his understanding of tax law, estate planning and general business law issues. Truly a one-stop shopping attorney for any successful business."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"David is a smart, careful attorney who also offers the benefit of sound judgment to his clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a very intelligent and talented attorney that is extremely motivated to achieve the best possible results for his clients. The results speak for themselves. I highly recommend David for your business dispute or litigated matter."
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Santa Ana Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer David Ethan Libman
David Ethan Libman
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
Santa Ana, CA
Licensed for 21 years