David Y. Choi is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices and a member of the Corporate Services and Commercial LitigationCannabis LawManagement and Professional Liability, and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. A versatile counsel, he offers a wealth of experience in litigation, trial, transactions, and outside general counsel services. 

David takes a pragmatic approach to resolving disputes to achieve optimal results. He has successfully represented private businesses, investors, directors and officers, and public entities in a myriad of high-stakes commercial disputes. David also represents professionals across an array of disciplines including real estate brokers, attorneys, insurance agents and brokers, architects and engineers, property managers, escrow officers, and auditors and accountants, amongst others.

As a leader of the Cannabis Law Practice Group, David devotes a substantial portion of his practice to the emerging cannabis industry. He represents businesses operating along the supply chain including cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, laboratories and retailers of cannabis and cannabis products, and ancillary businesses such as suppliers of commercial hydroponics equipment. David focuses his practice on civil litigation, business transactions, regulatory compliance, and entity structuring and capital raises. He advises clients on appropriately evaluating and managing risk, and implementing mechanisms to protect market share.

In addition to resolving conflicts, David has significant 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 asset and equity acquisition agreements, real property acquisition and lease agreements, business contracts, governing documents, licensing agreements, 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
  • Obtained judgment in favor of real property owner in a quiet title dispute involving a commercial property valued in excess of $30 million after substituting into the action and overcoming a preliminary injunction.
  • Represented operator of cannabis business that raised capital in excess of $3 million for a vertically integrated operation.
  • Restructured and recapitalized commercial hydroponics business valued in excess of $30 million.
  • Prosecuted construction defect claims on behalf of public entity owner against a national contractor and subcontractor involving property damage in excess of $18 million.
  • Obtained judgment in favor of victim of sexual battery involving abuse of a minor while enrolled at a multi-national study abroad program.
  • Defended attorney involving a $54 million legal malpractice claim involving alleged lost income and diminution of corporate value of a national lending business.
  • Defended architect from a $15 million construction defect claim involving an adaptive reuse of an industrial building.
  • Structured equity purchase and licensing agreement for a chain restaurant business in the United States and foreign countries.
  • Defended public entity client from a $1 million claim for a purported dangerous condition of public property.
  • Defended public entity client from claims alleging civil rights violations and ultimately obtained a waiver of the claims in exchange for nominal consideration.
Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • National Law Journal, Cannabis Law Trailblazer, 2019
  • 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
Presentations
  • "What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You! – Avoiding Accounting Malpractice and CA Employment Law Update" (Co-Presenter), Korean American CPA Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, April 25, 2019
  • "Sex, Drugs, and Real Estate" (Co-Presenter), Korean American Real Estate Brokers Association, Los Angeles, CA, April 3, 2019
  • "Construction Law 101: Tools to Manage Risk in Employment, Contracts, Insurance, Bonds, and More" (Co-Presenter), Chinese American Construction Professionals, Alhambra, CA, February 20, 2019