David Y. Choi is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices and a member of the Management and Professional LiabilityCorporate Services and Commercial Litigation, Cannabis Law, and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. A versatile counsel, he brings a wealth of experience in litigation, trial, transactions and outside general counsel services. 

David brings a pragmatic approach to litigation to achieve optimal results for clients. He represents professionals across an array of disciplines including architects and engineers (civil, structural, and geotechnical), real estate professionals, attorneys, directors and officers, property managers, and accountants, amongst others. In terms of design professionals, David has defended against high-value claims involving alleged design defects of commercial, mixed-use, and multi-family and single-family residential properties. He has also defended lawyers from malpractice claims involving underlying litigation, trial, transactional and general counsel services.

As the head of the firm’s west coast operations for the Cannabis Law Practice Group, David devotes a substantial portion of his practice to the emerging cannabis industry. He represents businesses operating along the distribution chain including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of cannabis and cannabis products, and ancillary businesses such as suppliers of commercial hydroponics equipment. David focuses his practice on regulatory compliance, administrative and civil proceedings, entity structuring, and drafting business agreements. He advises clients on appropriately evaluating and managing risk, and implementing mechanisms to protect market share.

In addition to resolving conflicts, David has substantial experience in conflict prevention. His clients regularly rely upon him to craft effective agreements with an eye toward minimizing and mitigating the risk of future disputes. David has drafted and negotiated operating agreements, bylaws, shareholder agreements, commercial and residential lease and purchase agreements, asset and equity purchase agreements, design professional agreements, consultant agreements, prime contracts, subcontracts, and promissory notes.

David received his bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his juris doctor from Loyola Law School, where he served as an editor for the International and Comparative Law Review and later earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation, graduating with distinction.

Representative Matters
  • Defended an architect from a $15 million construction defect claim involving an adaptive reuse of an industrial building
  • Defended an engineer from a $1 million claim alleging defective design of a residential property
  • Defended a surveyor from a $10 million claim alleging the surveyor inaccurately determined the location of the property line of a multi-family residential property
  • Defended an architect from a $1.2 million claim alleging defective design of residential property
  • Defended an attorney involving a $54 million legal malpractice claim involving alleged lost income and diminution of corporate value of a lending business
  • Defended an attorney from claims that the attorney caused the underlying client to lose custody of children after a marital dissolution proceeding
  • Defended a general counsel of a debt settlement business from claims of malpractice for allegedly failing to adequately review and counsel the underlying client about the applicable laws governing debt settlement businesses in various states
  • Defended a real property owner in a quiet title dispute involving a commercial property valued in excess of $30 million
  • Prosecuted construction defect claims on behalf of a public entity owner against a national contractor and subcontractor involving property damage in excess of $17 million
  • Defended a public entity client from a $1 million claim for a purported dangerous condition of public property
  • Defended a public entity client from claims involving alleged civil rights violations and ultimately obtained a waiver of the claims in exchange for nominal consideration
Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Data Bird Cannabis Law Expert, 2018
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of California
Admitted to Practice
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California
Education
  • Loyola Law School, LL.M., 2009
  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2008
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 2003