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David Lee Milligan

About me

I served in the United States Navy, Honorably Discharged in 1992.  My military service included operations in the Gulf of Oman, throughout Asia, Central America and other locations.  Thereafter obtaining an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies, Bachelors Degree in Pre-Law including emphasis in higher Mathematics and Physics (previously accepted into the Cal-Poly SLO Aeronautical Engineering Department, though not pursued), I obtained my Law Degree (Juris Doctorate) in 1997 (and invited to join the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review).  Since then I have practiced Law throughout California, concentrating in the San Joaquin Valley with an emphasis in Personal Injury Litigation & Trial.  Further, I am an Instrument Rated Pilot with over 1,000 hours flying time having served as a Pilot (and Pilot Award recipient) for the Tulare County Sheriff's Department Volunteer Search & Rescue Squadron having flown multiple missions over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.  Finally, and most importantly, I am the very proud father of two intelligent and beautiful young ladies whom I love to pieces.


Professionally, I am a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with the National Board of Trial Advocacy (Accredited by the American Bar Association); a Ranked Associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Designated "Master Advocate" (Faculty Qualified) and "Advocate"; I have served as the President of the Central California Trial Lawyer's Association (CCTLA); receiving two Presidential Awards from the CCTLA for "outstanding advocacy protecting the rights of consumers in civil litigation"; and am an AV rated Martindale-Hubbel Peer-Reviewed Civil Litigation Lawyer.  During my tenure as President of CCTLA, I also attended the Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California.  And a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which limits it's membership to "Trial Lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in Advocacy by achieving a Trial Verdict, award or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more."


Past & Present Memberships/Honors include:


-Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy

-AV Rated Litigation Attorney, Martindale-Hubbel Peer Rated

-Ranked Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

- Designated "Master Advocate" (Faculty Qualified) National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

- Designated "Advocate," National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

- Central California Trial Lawyer's Association (Past President)

- Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Life Member)

- Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating (Highest Possible)

- State Bar of California

- Recipient, Two CCTLA President's Awards for - Outstanding Advocacy in Protecting Consumer's Rights

- American Bar Association, Litigation Section

- Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles

- Consumer Attorneys of California

- Association of Trial Lawyers of America

- Fresno County Bar Association


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    19 years



Contingent (33-40%)

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    Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington Military law Attorney
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  • Mark Wade Coleman

    David and I have worked together on a number of cases. I referred a case to David for trial and he did an outstanding job. The result was outstanding, much better than I expected.


    Mark Coleman DUI and DWI Attorney
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Contact info

David L. Milligan, Attorney at Law

1265 W. Shaw, Suite 100
Fresno, CA, 93711-3717


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
10.0 Superb RatingAvvo2016
Board Certification, Civil Trial LawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
10.0 Superb RatingAvvo2015
Ranked, AssociateAmerican Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)2015
Master AdvocateNational Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)2015
10.0 Superb RatingAvvo2014
"Master Advocate" Designation (Faculty Qualified)National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)2013
10.0 Superb RatingAvvo2013
"Advocate" DesignationNational Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)2012
President's AwardCentral California Trial Lawyer's Association2004
President's AwardCentral California Trial Lawyers Association2003
Civil Trial LawyerN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Civil Rights Attorney (Pro Bono Publico)United States District Court Pro Bono Publico Panel Civil Rights Attorney2011 - Present
Attorney at LawDavid L. Milligan, A Law Corporation1997 - Present
Search & Rescue Pilot (Volunteer)Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Aero Squadron2001 - 2004
Law ClerkVarious Civil Trial Practitioners1991 - 1997
Law ClerkFresno City Attorney's Office1991 - 1991
Petty OfficerUnited States Navy1985 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)Ranked, Associate2015 - Present
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)Master Advocate (Faculty Qualified)2013 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember1999 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1988 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Central California Trial Lawyers AssociationPast PresidentN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Fresno County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
National Institute for Trial Advocacy"Advocate"2012 - 2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
San Joaquin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
California State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Intensive Advocacy Program (Trial Advocacy) @ USF School of LawInstructor2015
Stanislaus County Bar AssociationC.L.E. KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Substance Abuse - Detection, Prevention & Treatment2014
San Joaquin College of LawJury Selection Demonstration2013
Central California Trial Lawyer's AssociationPanelist, "How to Successfully Handle the Under $25,000 Case"2013
California Chiropractic Association, Central California ChapterKEYNOTE SPEAKER - How to Deliver Effective Expert Witness Jury Trial Testimony2012