About The Firm:
David McDonnell's common-sense approach to practicing law has
been attributed to his entrepreneurial mindset, his finance and business management
education and a lifetime of interaction within the business and real estate
David has developed a unique
reputation as a clear and concise communicator who approaches legal issues with an emphasis on common sense approaches and then provides guidance without the
typical legal jargon or arcane terminology. In every matter, David strives to
develop solutions that meet your objectives while minimizing litigation
costs and risks.
David's clients know that he approaches every challenge with passion,
integrity, and a personal commitment to service and excellence.
He has a no-nonsense approach to helping his
client but at all times maintains his sense of humor. Opposing attorneys or litigants are not his
enemies and he keeps in mind at all times that a good resolution of a bad
situation requires the trust and input of those he deals with in the legal and
David has an extremely diverse legal background as a civil,
business and real estate attorney.
In addition to his experience in all types
of general commercial matters, corporate transactions and complex disputes, David served as President of the world-renown gourmet grocer, Farmers Market
@Atrium Court in Newport Beach, California where he managed over 200 employees.
David is also uniquely qualified to advise
individuals, businesses and real estate professionals having become a licensed
Real Estate agent in 1976 and obtaining his Real Estate Broker’s license in
1980 which he continues to use today. David is still active in structuring residential, commercial, land and business transactions.
David adds real world knowledge and experience to back up his advice to
clients. In 1985, 1986 and 1991, David was Chairman of the Orange County Bar Associations Real Estate Section where
he brought a passion for real estate to several hundred fellow attorneys and judges
interested in the real estate profession.
David has also provided
counsel and guidance to other attorneys.
He has appeared and qualified as and Expert Witness in several Southern
California Courts in the area of legal malpractice and real estate
disputes. David has been retained by
litigants both prior to and after the filing of a lawsuit. He approaches each assignment with an open
mind, but tells it like he sees it. He will give his opinion of the facts and law and not just tell you what you want to hear. This
candor has been instrumental in winning case or saving litigants and their legal counsel
thousands of dollars in not pursuing frivolous courses of action.
In 1980, the law bug caught David by surprise and he
entered law school at night at Western State University of Law in Fullerton California
where he was awarded three prestigious American Jurisprudence Awards and was a member
of the coveted Law Review for the university.
While on Law Review, he received the Editor’s Award for most outstanding
member. Hard work and dedication to his
studies and his future profession was rewarded by his fellow students and the
facility of the school where he also was a teaching assistant.
David’s mindset as a strategic thinker and problem
solver is proving to be a perfect fit in a world that has become more litigious
than ever. His legal career has
encompassed a broad spectrum, having been a Judge Pro Temp handling Traffic and Small
Claims cases has provided him with a rare opportunity to see the law from the both sides of the bench.
career, he has crafted and participated in the resolution of numerous disputes.
He has developed comprehensive dispute resolution tools, including
pre-litigation case analysis and leverage evaluation programs.
Most lawsuits are settled prior to
trial. However, for many attorneys and
litigants, attempts to settle cases does not occur until the parties are on the
steps of the courthouse going to trial.
with David’s expertise and real world knowledge will reduce this stressful
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