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David Newdorf founded Newdorf Legal is an alternative to the traditional big law firm. After practicing at a large law firm and in the public sector, Mr. Newdorf has learned that not every case requires an army of lawyers. Many cases are more effectively and efficiently handled by a single experienced lawyer overseeing every aspect of the work. Mr. Newdorf has personally handled all phases of litigation in hundreds of matters, including trials, mediations and appeals.


I have been a civil trial lawyer in San Francisco since 1994. Before law school, I was a daily newspaper reporter in California and Florida.


I started my own law firm, Newdorf Legal, in July 2008 as an alternative to the traditional big firm.  My firm represents individuals, business and public entities in trials and appeals.  From 2001 until setting out on my own, I served as a Deputy City Attorney and supervisor on the trial team of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.  At the City, I defended police civil rights claims, class actions and complex commercial disputes. I practice in both state and federal court at the trial and appellate levels.


Before joining the office, I was a litigation associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco from 1994 to 2001.


Early in my career (1995-96), I took a one-year hiatus from O’Melveny to clerk for Judge Charles A. Legge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. It was there I got my first exposure to civil rights cases, which led to pro bono work at O’Melveny and defending police civil rights cases at the City.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    22 years, 120 cases
  2. Contracts: 20%
    22 years
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    22 years, 100 cases
  4. Business: 20%
    22 years



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    David is a fabulous attorney. He's tough in the courtroom but compassionate with his clients. He is a former San Francisco Deputy City Attorney so he really knows the ins and outs of government and business law.


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Newdorf Legal

220 Montgomery Street
Suite 1850
San Francisco, CA, 94104-3531


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Best Legal PresentationMcFetridge American Inn of Court, San Francisco2010
San Francisco Board of Supervisors ProclamationSan Francisco Board of Supervisors2008
James Madison Freedom of Information Award/Lawyer of YearSociety of Professional Journalists2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderNewdorf Legal2008 - Present
Deputy City AttorneySan Francisco City Attorney's Office2001 - 2008
Law ClerkU.S. District Court, Northern District of California1995 - 1996
Litigation AssociateO'Melveny & Myers1994 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Bay Area Lawyers NetworkMember2010 - Present
California State Bar Litigation SectionExecutive Committee2008 - Present
McFetridge American Inn of CourtMember2008 - Present
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Northern California chapter)Member2008 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Snyder and Santoro v. City and County of San FranciscoSummary Judgment for Defendant, Affirmed on Appeal
Airis Holdings LLC, Airis SFO LLC, Duane Morris LLP v. City and County of San FranciscoCity defendants awarded $3.4 million in atty fees.
Nishihama v. City and County of San FranciscoAppellate ruling limiting medicdal damages
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Publication nameTitleDate
The RecorderWriting a Winning Motion2013
Newdorf Legal websiteThe Top 10 Business Litigation Mistakes (and how to avoid them)2011
The RecorderDifficult Opposition and the Art of Verbal Jujitsu2010
The RecorderThe Top 10 Killer Deposition Questions2008
The RecorderLitigation Is Like Running A Marathon2008
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Attorney consultant for California Civil Writ Practice (4th edition)2008
Section 1983 Civil Rights Law ReporterNinth Circuit Strip Search Law In Flux After Bull Decision2008
California Business Litigation ReporterInside Fraud, Outside Negligence & Professional Liability2008
San Francisco Daily JournalIntensive Carelessness2007
The RecorderPrison Life and Death, Close Up2000
The RecorderDiverted By Sensationalism1994
Loyola of Los Angeles Law ReviewInside Fraud, Outside Negligence and the Savings & Loan Crisis: When Does Management Wrongdoing Excuse Professional Malpractice?1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
Columbia University Graduate School of JournalismJournalism and Mass CommunicationMS - Master of Science1983
University of California - BerkeleyEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Recorder RoundtablesHow to Take and Defend a Winning Deposition2011
How to Prepare Your Client for DepositionHow to Prepare Your Client For Deposition2010
Law Firm Management & Marketing For Tough Economic TimesLaw Firm Management & Marketing2009
Civil Rights Appellate LitigationQualified Immunity In Civil Rights Cases2008
How To Win Summary Judgment (MCLE)Civil Litigation & Procedure2007
Taking Depositions (MCLE)Civil Litigation & Discovery2006