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. He brings a wealth of litigation and trial experience involving professional liability and business and real property disputes.

David has defended professionals across an array of disciplines. His professional liability practice focuses on the defense of architects and engineers (civil, structural, and geotechnical), attorneys, real estate professionals, and accountants. In terms of design professionals, David has defended clients from high-value claims involving alleged design defects of commercial, mixed-use, and multi-family and single family residential properties. As it relates to attorneys, David has defended clients from malpractice claims involving litigation and trial services, transactional work, and general counsel services.

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

David also heads the firm’s west coast operations for the Cannabis Law Practice Group. He represents businesses operating along the cannabis supply chain including manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of cannabis-based products, as well as suppliers of commercial hydroponics equipment. David advises on appropriately evaluating and managing risk, and implementing mechanisms to protect market share.

Prior to pursuing a law degree, David received his bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He later earned his juris doctor from Loyola Law School, where he served as an editor for the International and Comparative Law Review and where he also earned a Master of Laws 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 and Eastern Districts of California
Education
  • Loyola Law School, LL.M., 2009
  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2008
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 2003