David N. Bigelow

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Girardi | Keese
 | 1126 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-977-0211
Fax: 213-481-1554
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

With a well-deserved reputation as a leading civil trial lawyer, David N. Bigelow is an attorney at Los Angeles, California-based Girardi | Keese. Representing clients throughout the state, his practice primarily encompasses personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Mr. Bigelow has been admitted to practice before all California state courts since 1995.

Mr. Bigelow has a thriving personal injury practice in which he represents people who have incurred economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence of other parties. His cases have arisen out of incidents involving childhood sexual abuse stemming from negligent hiring and supervision, premises liability, and defective products, and he has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for his clients through jury awards and negotiated settlements. In two sexual abuse cases, he filed against the Masonic Home at Covina, Mr. Bigelow won jury verdicts in the respective amounts of $12.5 million and $3.5 million. He obtained a $1.3 million jury award in a premises liability case against Costco Wholesale Corporation, and he negotiated a sizable premises liability settlement with the insurer of the Santa Barbara Family YMCA.

Mr. Bigelow's successful track record has not gone unnoticed by his fellow professionals, and he has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo, among other honors. A 1976 recipient of a Bachelor of Arts from Whittier College, he subsequently pursued his legal education at the University of San Diego School of Law, and in 1995, he won the Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court Competition, was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude, and was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. Mr. Bigelow is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and several other legal organizations.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Personal Injury - General
  • 30%Personal Injury - Products
  • 10%Professional Liability
Focus Areas

Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020

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About David Bigelow

Admitted: 1995, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.girardikeese.com/Attorneys/David-N-Bigelow.shtml


  • Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorney of the Year, 2008
  • AVVO Attorney Rating of 9.2, Superb
  • Los Angeles Magazine, Southern California Super Lawyer, 2009 - Present
  • Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorney of the Year, 2007
  • California Lawyer Magazine, "Attorney of the Year, Litigation" 2008
  • Nominee, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2007
  • The Recorder, California Million Dollar Verdicts, 2011-Present
  • Lawdragon Magazine, "The Lawdragon 3000: Leading Lawyers in America", 2007
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2012

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • AV® rated Martindale Hubbell® peer review

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2006 - 2010
  • Member, Culver-Marina Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, California Commission on Access to Justice, 2008
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member - American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Public Justice

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Tackling "big pharma": Prosecuting the pharmaceutical liability case, The Advocate Magazine (March, 2006)
  • Winfred D. v. Michelin, 165 Cal.App.4th 1011
  • Roitz v. Coldwell Banker, 62 Cal.App.4th 716, 1998


  • Verdict, $1.3 million – Premises liability
  • Kohler v. Santa Barbara YMCA SBN 214316
  • Verdict, $3.5 million – Negligent hiring and supervision/childhood sexual abuse
  • Jones v. Masonic Home for Children in Covina LASC Case BC 306444
  • Settlement, $1.4 million – Negligence/premises liability
  • Montgomery v. BMW OCSC Case 771190
  • Verdict, $12.5 million - Negligent hiring and supervision/childhood sexual abuse
  • Adams v. Costco, San Luis Obispo
  • Verdict, $2.4 million – Wrongful death/negligence/product liability
  • Deutsch/Mohr-McDermott v. Masonic Home for Children in Covina LASC Case BC 306444

Educational Background:

  • Whittier College, B.A., 1976
  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California, J.D., Cum Laude, Winner, California State Bar Roger Traynor Competition, Order of the Barristers, 1995

Industry Groups

  • National
  • State And Local Consumer Attorneys
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Office Location for David N. Bigelow

1126 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 213-977-0211

Fax: 213-481-1554

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Last Updated: 1/20/2020

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