“A lawsuit is a story with a beginning, a middle and an end. The client is the narrator - it is the client's story. I enjoy working with clients to help them tell their stories, express their points of view and state their truths."
David has a unique insight into the litigation process as he has tried cases to juries as both a defense and plaintiff attorney. David is an experienced trial attorney who has represented private companies, public entities and individuals in a wide range of disputes for more than 30 years. As a trial lawyer and prior small business owner, David understands the challenges facing the business client and works closely with his clients to obtain excellent results.
Law Offices of David B. Burnett Principal
2003 - 2015 Morgan Hill, CA
Principal in private practice emphasizing trial work for plaintiffs and defendants, including breach of contract, loss of business profit, real estate conflict, breach of partnership agreement, injury and medical malpractice cases.
Coddington, Hicks & Danforth Associate
2001- 2003 1990-1995 Redwood City, CA
General civil trial practice including insurance bad faith, catastrophic aviation accidents, personal injury, and property damage litigation. Handled all case analysis and discovery including written discovery and depositions, retaining and preparing liability and medical experts for trial.
1995 - 2001 Redwood City, CA
Principal in start-up children’s clothing company which grew to over $1 million in sales. Oversaw manufacturing, production, fabric printing, ordering raw materials, shipping, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. Performed all legal work including trademark and general corporate work.
Southern Pacific Transportation Company Associate
1986 - 1990 San Francisco, CA
Trial practice in state courts from Modoc County to San Diego County, as well as all federal district courts in California, for FELA, asbestos exposure and crossing accident cases. Prepared appeals for hearing loss cases in the Ninth Circuit. Handled all phases of pre-trial and trial work.
Contra Costa County Bar Association, Litigation Section
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
State Bar of California – 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit – 1987
U.S. District Courts
Northern District CA – 1987 Eastern District CA - 1990 Southern District CA - 1991 Arizona - 1998
Proud father of two young adult daughters who are taking the world by storm. Past coach of all their teams from tee-ball to high school varsity water polo. Avid swimmer, water polo coach for high school girls team during both daughters’ high school years. High school mock trial coach and judge.
University of San Francisco School of Law Juris Doctor June 1986 Top 10% of Class
Stanford University Bachelor of Arts American Studies June 1977
Livingston Law Firm - 1600 South Main Street, Suite 280, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Telephone: (925) 952-9880 Facsimile:: (925) 952-9881