David L. Winnett

David L. Winnett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Liuzzi, Murphy, Solomon, Churton & Hale LLP
 | 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 854
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-400-7000
Fax: 415-400-7055
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%)
Attorney Profile
David L. Winnett is a decorated trial attorney who has tried dozens of civil and criminal cases to verdict. He is CAOC’s 2018 Consumer Attorney of the Year, a two-time finalist for SFTLA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year, and a past finalist for MTLA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year. He is an instructor at USF’s Intensive Advocacy Program and is a member of CAOC’s Board of Governors and numerous community boards. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers® since 2018, has been selected to the Super Lawyers List every year since 2016, and has been rated AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Ability by Martindale - Hubbell every year since 2014.   After beginning his career as a prosecutor, Mr. Winnett spent 14 years at an Am Law 200 firm, defending the types of cases he now proudly prosecutes on behalf of injured people and their families. His varied professional background provides him with a unique perspective on the many legal challenges personal injury victims often face and strategies for confronting those challenges.


About David Winnett

Admitted: 2002, California


  • Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Ability, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Ability, Martindale – Hubbell, 2014
  • AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Ability, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2005
  • California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2010
  • Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
  • Marin Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Marin County Bar Association, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Golden Gate Illini Club, Treasurer, 2003 - 2006
  • Marin School of the Arts Business Development Committee
  • Novato Girls Softball, Assistant Coach and Vice President, 2003 - 2016
  • Novato Girls Softball, President, 2016 - Present
  • Hamilton Elementary School Watch D.O.G.S., Co-Chair, 2007 - 2016
  • Marin School of the Arts Drama Boosters, Volunteer Coordinator, 2016 - Present
  • SF Bike Coalition
  • Hamilton Elementary School PTA, Volunteer, 2002 - 2016
  • Marin School of the Arts Drama Boosters, Treasurer, 2013 - 2016
  • St. Clair County CASA, Treasurer & Board Member, 1998 - 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, Ask the Expert, Organized Labor, 2016
  • Author, Legal Malpractice: Proving The Case-Within-A-Case, Plaintiff Magazine, 2015
  • Author, Avoiding the Voidable: Ensuring Contingency Fees and Fee-Sharing Agreements are Enforceable, 2014
  • Speaker, Avoiding the Voidable; How to Ensure That Your Contingency Fee and Fee-Sharing Agreements Are Enforceable And Sufficiently Protect Your Interests, , CAOC Hawaii Travel Seminar, 2014
  • Speaker, Disaster Response & Recovery, WestLegalEdcenter Webinar, 2013
  • Speaker, he Ethics of Social Networking: Avoiding Pitfalls and Exploring Opportunities, Santa Clara County Bar Association Seminar, 2012
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in the Debate Over Screening, WestLegalEdcenter Webinar, 2010
  • Speaker, If You Are Sued, These Are the Top 10 Questions Your Attorney Will Ask You, Professional Insurance Associates Seminar, 2008
  • Speaker, Lawyers’ Liability for Intentional Torts, WestLegalEdcenter Webinar, 2008
  • Speaker, Unintended Death Sentences: Prosecuting Prisoner Suicide Cases, CAOC, 2016
  • Author, Unintended Death Sentences, Plaintiff Magazine, 2016

Educational Background:

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois J.D., Honors: Freshman Moot Court Finalist; Recipient of the Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Torts; Dean’s Scholarship Recipient, 1995
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois B.A., Honors: James Scholar, Major: English/Pre-Law, 1992
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Office Location for David L. Winnett

235 Montgomery Street
Suite 854
San Francisco, CA 94104

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Last Updated: 10/9/2019

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