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David W. Affeld

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Affeld Grivakes LLP
2049 Century Park East, Suite 2460
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 310-979-8700
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2016, 2019 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1986
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (30%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%), Intellectual Property Litigation (20%), Insurance Coverage (10%), Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

David W. Affeld is the managing partner of Affeld Grivakes LLP in Los Angeles, California. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout California and across the country, Mr. Affeld represents plaintiffs and defendants alike in complex legal matters involving the following:

·        Business disputes and commercial litigation

·        Intellectual property litigation

·        Employment litigation

·        Insurance coverage disputes

·        Legal malpractice actions

Mr. Affeld strives for acceptable settlements in litigation but regularly tries cases when reasonable settlements are not available. He has won approximately 90% of his trials and arbitrations. He has obtained dozens of seven- and eight-figure outcomes and defense verdicts for his clients, including $27 million in 2020 in a variety of matters despite the pandemic. Among his notable successes, he obtained a judgment for $17 million after arbitration of an insurance dispute for developers of a mixed-use project in Oakland; a settlement of $6.5 million on behalf of a homeowner against her insurance provider; a settlement after arbitration of $4 million for fire damage to a commercial property; and a jury verdict and legal fee award of $3.4 million in a race discrimination case. He has been the lead lawyer on multiple appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Courts of Appeal, and the California and Nevada Supreme Courts.

A 1982 graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in physics, Mr. Affeld attended Cornell Law School, where he served as editor for the Cornell International Law Review. He obtained his J.D. in 1985, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, all California federal district courts, and the California Supreme Court and all lower California state courts.

Regarded as one of the top trial attorneys in the region, Mr. Affeld also maintains an active involvement in his community.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 30%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2016, 2019 - 2022

About David W. Affeld

First Admitted: 1986, California

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Eastern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • All California State Courts
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • SuperLawyer, 2009 to 2016 and 2019-2021

Educational Background

  • UCLA, B.S., Major: Physics, 1982


  • Settlement of $4 million on behalf of an industrial property owner after winning all aspects of liability at arbitration, including entitlement to punitive damages. The case arose out of a catastrophic fire., 2019
  • Harris v. City of Riverside, Riverside Superior Court case no. RIC 1610330: jury verdict of $2.3 million and legal fee award of $1.1 million in a race discrimination case., 2019
  • Massaji v. Rofeh, Los Angeles County (CA) Superior Court case no. BC405445: Defeated plaintiff's complaint and obtained judgment after trial on a cross-complaint in favor of a general partner against the other partner for $1.78 million, removing the other partner from the partnership (2013); successfully handled the appeal (2015) and enforced the judgment in the debtor's bankruptcy, 2016
  • Thomas Berkley Square Housing, LLC v. UPA Group, LC: Judgment in favor of developers and against Zurich American Insurance Company and Steadfast Insurance Company for $16,839,787 after arbitration of an insurance coverage dispute on behalf of a mixed-use development project in Oakland, California, 2014
  • Settlement of $6.5 million, more than three times policy limits, on behalf of a homeowner against her insurer on an insurance bad-faith claim (the identity of the insurer is confidential), 2012
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Office Location for David W. Affeld

2049 Century Park East
Suite 2460
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 310-979-8700

Last Updated: 11/24/2021

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