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David Blake Newdorf

About David Newdorf

About me

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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