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David Scott Secrest

Employment and labor Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

4.8   14 reviews

also known as Dave Secrest

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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Employment and labor
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    For the past 30 years, my practice has been dedicated to the representation of employees in employment cases, tried numerous cases to a jury verdict, conducted hundreds of depositions, and litigated many more cases to judgment or settlement.

    34 years, 2,000 cases

Attorney David Secrest is admitted to practice in all state courts in California, the United States District Court of California, Northern District, and Central District. Mr. Secrest received a BA in Political Science from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco.

After several years in the trenches as an insurance defense litigator primarily in the Bay Area, Mr. Secrest started his own firm focusing on employment litigation. In 2011, Mr. Secrest relocated his firm and family to Santa Barbara, California. Mr. Secrest continues to practice employment litigation across the Central Coast and Southland, as well as the Bay Area.

Mr. Secrest is a member of the American Bar Association, and a number of County Bar associations, including Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Mr. Secrest has a Peer Rating of 4.4/5.0 (“BV- Distinguished”), according to Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Secrest has been a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association for 20 years.

For the past 30 years, Mr. Secrest’s practice has been exclusively dedicated to the representation of employees in discrimination and related employment claims and civil actions. Mr. Secrest has tried at least 15 cases to a jury verdict, conducted 1,000+ depositions, and litigated well over 2,000 cases to completion, either through settlement, arbitration or judgment. By way of brief example: Saccio v. Romasanta, 49 Trials Digest 19th 13, jury verdict of $545,777, including $400,000 in punitive damages, Santa Barbara (age discrimination, hostile work environment, $35,000 wage loss, judgment of $920,000); Conrad v. Montgomery-Sansome Ltd. LP, 11 Trials Digest 11th 14, jury verdict of $930,000, including $350,000 in punitive damages, San Mateo County (constructive termination, $50,000 unpaid commissions); and Nichols v. Goodyear, 8 Trials Digest 3d 9, jury verdict of $368,000, including $200,000 in punitive damages, Santa Clara County (constructive termination, $9,000 unpaid commissions). Mr. Secrest recently settled a discrimination case against a major financial institution on behalf of a disabled employee for $5,000,000, and has achieved multiple settlements in excess of 7 figures.

Mr. Secrest also represents clients on appeal, and has completed such representation in 14 appellate cases to conclusion in the First District Court of Appeal, State of California; 3 cases in the Second Appellate District; 2 cases in the Fourth Appellate District; 12 cases in the Sixth Appellate District; and 3 cases before the California Supreme Court.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Location

Law Offices of David S. Secrest A Professional Corporation
629 State St. #215
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Paula | March 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
David Secrest is an outstanding attorney and successfully settled my wrongful termination case for an amount that allowed me to permanently retire. I have been an attorney for 35 years and am overly selective when choosing another attorney to represent me. David is brilliant, a gifted writer and an expert on employment law. David’s confident demeanor and ability to provide clear and concise explanations makes him an amazing advocate. After a recommendation from my best friend, I came to David frantic and feeling beat up from a nasty ex boss who fabricated crazy excuses to justify treating me poorly. David won my case because he skillfully crafted arguments that nobody could oppose. My only true disappointment was no longer being able to work with David after my case was resolved. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience to collaborate with this talented litigator.
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Posted by Bernard | June 5, 2019
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Age discrimination suit
I was approaching retirement when my company laid me off. I wasted no time in contacting Mr Secrest. I am legally prevented from disclosing any details of my employer, the mediation process and the final outcome, but Mr Secrest filed all the necessary paperwork, guided me through the months of complex litigation, accompanied me to meetings, and finally negotiated a settlement which was far higher than my ex-employer's original severance offer. I can highly recommend David Secrest for his professionalism, expertise, legal knowledge and his perseverance in representing me.
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Posted by Katheryn | May 24, 2019
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Straightforward, Trustworthy and Kind
I was referred to Mr. Secrest by a longtime friend at another Santa Barbara law firm after I'd called and been brushed off by a dozen firms regarding an urgent matter (I should have asked her sooner but the matter was rather embarrassing). He promptly got in touch with me and immediately relieved the stress I had been experiencing for three days prior. Mr. Secrest was patient in listening to the matter and paused afterwards before politely telling me he was going to be frank about the situation. He was honest about options but what was most valuable to me was his explanation of some fundamental, unspoken Santa Barbara issues that no other attorney had bothered to mention (which was almost certainly why none were willing to move forward in the matter). This was such a relief to learn! Despite losing the three prior days, I was so grateful for his candor which undoubtedly saved me additional time. On top of that, he referred me to a resourceful website (which I never came across in all my frantic Googling) that led me to an attorney who took on the case after reaching out that very afternoon. This will probably sound cheesy but a quote I often reference from Maya Angelou is so appropriate in this instance... People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." I felt my whole life turn around that day because of my phone call with Mr. Secrest and his honesty and kindness won't be forgotten.
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Posted by Lloyd | April 18, 2018
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David Secrest rocks!
David took charge of my case and made it happen. David represented me in an age discrimination suit against a multimillion dollar giant and crushed it. I highly recommend David, he made the difficult look easy. David kept me in the loop through the entire process and demonstrated how a professional does business. Bravo!
Posted by Chuck | December 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
We Won!
We Won. David Secrest represented me in an Age Discrimination and Employment Harassment lawsuit that lasted over 2 years. During that time David kept me updated with everything that was going on. There were no secrets or surprises. He stayed on top of all timetables and motions from the defense. The defendant had no intention to settle, so we ended up in court with a jury trial. David put together a case for the jury that was flawless. He was prepared, knowledgeable of the law and he was ready for anything the defense threw at us. In the end, the jury agreed with everything we asked for and more, all thanks to the job David did. He is one of the good guys that you want on your side. And We Won Big.
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Posted by Jak | February 5, 2016
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A trusted attorney who knows how to win....
I selected Dave Secrest to represent me in an employment discrimination and personal injury case and it was my best decision. My case was very difficult against a major corporation and movie studio. Dave took me under his wing and guided me through every step of a two year struggle against a Goliath. In the end they caved and we settled weeks before the start of the trial. Dave was patient and very thorough in all his work. Where I got my most entertainment was watching him go up against the high caliber defense team in the depositions. He knows his stuff and he makes you feel a part of your case as well. I've already sent a good friend to Dave, whom he also worked with to a satisfactory result for her. In the end I felt vindicated and knew that having Dave on my side was a great choice. I'm happy to feel like I made a new friend. Thanks Dave!!
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Posted by Maureen Zane | November 9, 2015
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David and Goliath
5.0 star rating 11/9/15 Like David who slew Goliath, Dave Secrest entered the battlefield created by my wrong termination and faced the corporate giant responsible for this atrocity. With unlimited money to finance one of the most successful legal teams in the Bay Area, the Archdiocese presented a defense in which David skillfully found its vulnerable areas. Using his depth of lawful knowledge, his focused and strategic attack, and his unwavering confidence in the innocence of his client, Dave slew the giant. It was a victory overflowing with satisfaction, and the termination was recognized for what it was, wrongful! My heart is still filled with gratitude for this gifted and professional lawyer.
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Posted by Jonathan | September 22, 2015
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A straight shooter, and a good guy to have on your side
Dave is living proof that you can be a good attorney and a good person at the same time. When he makes a promise, he keeps it. When he gives you an estimate, you can count on it. Perhaps best of all, he is compassionate. Dave treats you like a person and he takes time to communicate with you. If you have questions, you get answers, promptly. I wish I had that experience with every attorney. What can I tell you about my case with Dave Secrest? Very little because we did very well, and when you do very well, you usually have to sign an agreement where you promise to avoid talking about how well you did. What I can say is this: A dozen different firms told me I had a strong case, but refused to take it because it was 'too small'. Dave was the only person who saw the real value in my case, and he did very well for my family and me. When I took my case to Dave, I was in real need. I was recently unemployed and taking care of my mother, a disabled cancer patient. Dave saw someone try to exploit us in our time of ultimate vulnerability, and he did the right thing, plain and simple. He really stands up for the little guy. If winning is all that matters to you, Dave Secrest is a fine choice, because he wins. He's also a good choice if you need more than just a winner, because he wins his cases the right way, with honesty and respect for his client. He's a straight shooter, and a he's good guy to have on your side. I recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Melvin | September 19, 2015
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Highly Recommended
Mr. Seacrest represented myself for an employment law case. I would like to say he is very skilled, detail oriented, and very understanding individual. Other lawyers only care about the money, but Mr. Seacrest listens to what you have to say, and try to understand how you felt, and what you went through, through your eyes. There aren't many lawyers that does that. I would recommend him to anyone, and everyone that needs legal issues help that he specialize in. I am one customer that was very very satisfied, If I was to go through anything of the such again, he would be the person I go to. Thanks Mr. Seacrest.
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Posted by Denise | September 18, 2015
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Determined, brilliant and hardworking
If you are in the market for a Lawyer who specializes in Employment Law, David Secrest is the one you are looking for. His work ethic is unparalleled. He is determined, brilliant and driven. Hiring Mr. Secrest to represent me was the best decision I ever made! I was scared and nervous in the beginning but with each day of the process, I grew more confident with him representing me. He was with me every step of the way through a very difficult case that took over two years to settle. He never wavered once. The end results were extremely favorable for me and my family. My life is changed forever because of Mr. Secrest's efforts. I am very grateful to Mr. Secrest for his commitment, integrity and willingness to help the underdog fight the large corporations.
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Posted by Ana | September 17, 2015
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Excellent Service
I had a case that was under a time concentrate and Mr. Secrest made sure that we met all the deadlines. What I thought might be impossible he made it a reality for me. I was able to be compensated for injustice that was done to me. I was awarded well and had a happy ending. Thank you very much.
Posted by Kim | August 31, 2015
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Results Driven
Mr. Secrest settled my case efficiently and in a timely manner. His expertise and knowledge provided the base for a strong, well documented case. He was well prepared and detail- oriented. He is of strong moral character.
Posted by Sylvia | January 13, 2014
With David, you'll know that you're with the best.
David is such a knowledgeable and dynamic attorney to work with, it was a honor that he would pick up my case and be my advocate. I had no prior law background or involvement in a lawsuit prior to contacting David. My case involved wrongful termination from my previous employer. From the start he explained everything clearly and provided direction and options throughout each step. He thoroughly reviewed every part of my case and critically examined every angle that may be challenged by the opposing party. I always felt like we were several steps ahead of the defense, and at the end I learned that it was indeed the true, the opposing party played a lot of catch up because David was simply that good! He cites previous relevant cases in remarkable detail that he even had to remind our mediator of the case he had in mind to reference. The result achieved was such a positive outcome beyond what I was expecting! Anyone who has been wrongfully terminated would know that it naturally diminishes your self-worth, and often the unlawful termination is difficult to prove. Prior to speaking with David, I interviewed a couple other attorneys whom were easily intimidated and discouraged by the uncertainties of my case. However David's approach was fierce, he identified the areas that seemed weak and examined the defense's possible approach. His confidence is a reflection of his knowledge in the field. In speaking with David it was obvious that he was the best for the job, and I'm so thankful that he was willing to take me on!
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2023
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No response to specific inquiry
I contacted Mr. Secrest through this site, we spoke by phone once and emailed. He was generous with his time as he collected info over the phone, and I emailed the requested information. I understand we did not have a formal relationship yet, and he explained the info I gave him was confidential. He seemed very interested in one part of my case (class action) but not the personal retaliation. I have not heard a reponse back after an email and voice message requesting to know if we would continue communication. My concern (maybe unfounded) is that he is pursuing the class action aspect by searching for another plaintiff in my company. I did not find him listed on Ca State Bar site.
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Denison University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Associations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
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  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
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  • San Mateo County Bar Association
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  • American Bar Association
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  • State Bar of California
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  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
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  • California Employment Lawyers Association
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  • Consumer Attorneys of California
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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse David. He is smart, quick on his feet, and has excellent presence in a court setting."
Discrimination Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"In my role as mediator, I have had the pleasure of working with David and he is an extremely effective advocate for his clients. He is well prepared, diligent and thorough. In addition, he treats his clients with the respect they deserve. Consequently, I recommend his services."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a seasoned lawyer who graduated from one of the top University of California law schools.He is highly engaged in developing proven strategies for his clients, is quite knowledgeable and experienced. I am happy to endorse this attorney."
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Santa Barbara Employment and labor Lawyer David Scott Secrest
David Scott Secrest
Employment and labor Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 34 years
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