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My family law practice is limited to mediation.  I enjoy working with clients who are committed to navigating the divorce process constructively, efficiently, and with dignity. Because my job satisfaction stems from helping my clients achieve the best possible result for themselves and/or their children, I never represent clients in a litigated divorce. 


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 100%
    3 years



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    Dave is a great attorney. He is experienced and capable, and showed enormous amounts of patience and empathy helping my family with our estate planning issues.


    Diana Fu Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse Dave's work. Dave and I worked together at Gibson Dunn where he was a trusted and well-respected practitioner who went out of his way to make sure that his fellow colleagues thrived.


    Edric Itchon Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Law Offices of David Magnuson

345 Lorton Ave.
Suite 201
Burlingame, CA, 94010


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono AwardGibson Dunn & Crutcher2008
Graduated with honors (cum laude)Georgetown University Law Center2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCarr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson & Horn2008 - 2010
AttorneyGibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP2005 - 2008
Legislative Affairs OfficerDepartment of Energy/Department of the Navy2000 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates SectionMember2010 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionMember2008 - Present
San Mateo County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates SectionMember2008 - Present
Home & HopeBoard of Directors2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2006 - Present
IHNVice-Chair2009 - 2009
IHNSecretary2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marriage of SossSuccessful mediation
Marriage of DeesSuccessful Mediation
Marriage of GreenfieldSuccessful mediation
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Publication nameTitleDate
Shipwright PressDivorce for Grownups : A Comprehensive Guide to Divorce in California2010
Encyclopedia.comMediators Address the Failure of the Traditional Adversarial Divorce Process2010
Space Law -- A Treatise (hardcover publication)Haley and Metalaw2009
PAMPEstate Planning for Families with Young Children2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Stanford UniversityHistoryOther - Bachelors1999
Northern California Mediation CentermediationcertificationN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate PlanningEstate Planning and Elder Abuse2010
Estate PlanningEstate Planning -- Risks and Rewards2010
Palo Alto Arts CenterEstate Planning for Families with Young Children2009
Continuing Legal EducationEthics/Professional Responsibility2008