David B. Ezra

David B. Ezra

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Irvine, CA

Berger Kahn, A Law Corporation
 | 1 Park Plaza, Suite 340, Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 949-474-1880
Fax: 949-313-5029
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (90%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

David Ezra, a shareholder in Berger Kahn’s Orange County office, has successfully represented clients involved in insurance and employment litigation for over 25 years. He believes there’s only one way to practice law – with 100% dedication to achieving the client’s objectives.

David also works as a mediator and expert witness. Since co-founding Innovative Dispute Resolution (IDR) in 2005, David has moved on to launch his own mediation and arbitration practice, David Ezra Mediations, where he mediates a wide range of complex disputes related to employment and labor, insurance, business, defamation, construction, personal injury, professional liability, finance, bankruptcy, and more. David is also the 2018 Chair of the OCBA's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He also offers his services as an insurance coverage expert witness in connection with insurance litigation -- David Ezra Expert Witness.

David was named as the Best Lawyers 2019, 2018 and 2016 Insurance Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Southern California, named to the list of Best Lawyers of America 2015-present, and recognized as Orange County’s “Top 5” Attorneys in Insurance and/or Employment law by OC Metro magazine. Super Lawyers named him to the list of “Top 100″ Southern California Super Lawyers from 2013-present and “Top 50″ Orange County Super Lawyers from 2010-present.

Beyond his litigation work, David writes and speaks extensively on mediation, insurance, employment and other related aspects of law, having most recently published the mediation article “The Mediator’s Nightmare” (as featured in the Orange County Bar Association publication, OC Lawyer). In his free time, David explores his interest in baseball. In 2008, he published a book on baseball and steroids, Asterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment (Triumph Books; Foreword by Mike Schmidt).

Appellate Decisions

David has significant appellate experience, obtaining many published and unpublished decisions, including:

Hayward v. Superior Court, 2 Cal.App.5th 10 (2016)
Underwriters of Interest Subscribing to Policy No. A15274001 v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co., 241 Cal.App.4th 721 (2015)
Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Central Garden & Pet Co., 2013 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 6245
Farmers Ins. Exch. v. Kim, 2013 Cal.App.Unpub. LEXIS 2309
Lomes v. Hartford Financial Services Group, 88 Cal.App.4th 127 (2001)
Continental Casualty Co. v. Superior Court (Paragon), 92 Cal.App.4th 430 (2001)
Padilla Construction Co., Inc. v. Transportation Ins. Co.,150 Cal.App.4th 984 (2007)
Molski v. Evergreen Dynasty Corp., 500 F.3d 1047 (9th Cir. 2007)
Equus Prods. v. Truck Ins. Exch., B185357, 2006 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 10082 (Ct. App. Nov. 6, 2006)

Published Works

David writes and speaks extensively on legal topics. Some of David’s publications include:

Mastering the Blue Ridge Settlement Reservation of Rights

Reaching For Understanding: Mediating Employment Disputes With Small Business Owners, Orange County Lawyer (Jul. 2016)

Fraud and Collusion Defenses Can be Risky, Los Angeles Daily Journal (Nov. 2015)

The Mediator’s Nightmare: Am I the Most Unreasonable Party’s Advocate?, Orange County Lawyer (Aug. 2015)

Making Sense of California’s “Accident” Requirement in Liability Insurance Policies, Insurance Coverage Law Report, FC&S Legal (two-part article, Sept. and Oct./Nov. 2014)

Taking A Pregnant Pause: Potential Pitfalls In Applying The Business Judgment Rule And The Mixed Motive Defense In Employment Cases, Orange County Lawyer (Oct. 2014)

What You May Not Know About Uninsured Motorist Claims, Claims Journal (Aug. 2014)

Writing A “Winning” Mediation Brief, Mediate.com (Feb. 2014)

Loose Lips Sink Ships: Panel Counsel and Confidentiality, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Sept. 16, 2013.

Asterisk: Home Runs, Steroids, and the Rush to Judgment (Triumph Books (2008) (Foreword by Mike Schmidt)).

How Presley Homes Has Changed the Duty to Defend, Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2003.

‘Get Your Ashes Out of My Living Room!': Controlling Tobacco Smoke in Multi-Unit Residential Housing, 54 Rutgers Law Review 135-189 (2001).

Shedding New Light on the Cumis Doctrine, The Recorder, October, 1998.

Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones But Tobacco Smoke Can Kill Me: Can We Protect Children From Parents that Smoke?, 13 St. Louis University Public Law Review 547-590 (1994).

Separate But Not Equal: Gender Specific Dress Codes and Employment Discrimination, 3 Western State University Journal of Law 119-144 (1994).

‘Get Off Your Butts': The Employer’s Right to Regulate Employee Smoking, 60 Tennessee Law Review 905-955 (1993).

About David Ezra

Admitted: 1990, California

Professional Webpage: bergerkahn.com/our-people/david-b-ezra/

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers Litigation-Insurance “Lawyer of the Year” in Southern California, Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Best Lawyers Insurance Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Southern California, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Best Lawyers Insurance Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Southern California, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America , 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America , 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certification in Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of California, Irvine, 2005, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Orange County Bar Association; State Bar of California 1990; Ninth Circuit 2002 Central District 1991; Southern District; Northern District  

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Los Angeles Superior Court Pro Bono Mediator

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • How Presley Homes Has Changed the Duty to Defend, Los Angeles Lawyer, 2003
  • Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones But Tobacco Smoke Can Kill Me: Can We Protect Children From Parents that Smoke?, 13 St. Louis University Public Law Review 547-590, 1994
  • Caution: Bar Owners Could Get Burned, Los Angeles Lawyer, April 1998
  • Federal Question: Jurisdiction for Coverage Disputes, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Dec. 23, 1996
  • Seeking Coverage for the Apocalypse, The Recorder, July 1998
  • Smoker Battery: An Antidote to Second-Hand Smoke, 63 So. Cal. L. Rev. 1061 (1990), reprinted in Los Angeles Daily Journal, Daily Journal Report, Oct. 26. 1990.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Molski v. Evergreen Dynasty Corp., 500 F.3d 1047 (9th Cir. 2007) - a decision in David's clients' favor

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Notes Editor, Southern California Law Review
  • American Jurisprudence Awards: (1) Evidence (2) Gifts, Wills & Trusts (3) Development of Legal Thought

Videos:

  • Magazine OC Metro profiles Berger Kahn Partner David Ezra as a "Top Attorney" with a video featuring his insight into workplace discrimination., When is it Workplace Discrimination?

Educational Background:

  • Certification in Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of California, Irvine, 2005
  • J.D., University of Southern California School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., California State University, Fullerton, with honors, 1987
Office Location for David B. Ezra

1 Park Plaza, Suite 340
Irvine, CA 92614

 

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