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David Gabor is a shareholder at Weintraub Tobin. David is a trial lawyer. In his trial practice, David represents clients in all aspects of litigation from trial to appeal. A notable trial victory was for a charitable organization seeking to preserve tax-exempt status on their property. David’s trial and appellate victory resulted in significant changes to tax collection procedures and practices to the benefit of charities state-wide. Another notable trial victory was in an intensely fought two-year easement dispute where he represented a group of top entertainment industry figures who sought – and obtained – increased access to their properties.

David has litigated intellectual property, government contracts, tax, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, insurance and environmental and entertainment issues, among others. He has tried cases in the contract real estate, tax, bankruptcy and partnership areas.

David has practiced law for over 20 years. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Law, where he served as an editor of the UCLA Law Review. He began his legal career at Latham & Watkins and was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery. From the earliest stages of his career, he advised sophisticated clients on corporate governance, contracting and compliance issues.

Over the course of his career, David has had an exemplary history of success:


Commercial Disputes:

  • Tried a case to victory challenging the existing Los Angeles Countty charitable tax deduction system and defended it on appeal. Jewish Community Centers Develop. Corp. v. County of Los Angeles
  • Tried a case to victory for a large healthcare provider and recovered over $60 million in Medicaid/Medicare underpayments.
  • Tried a case to victory for major paper products company relating to a computerized logistics system.
  • Represented a significant multi-level marketing company in federal court litigation.
  • Represented a Fortune 400 Company in responding to a federal whistleblower lawsuit.
  • Represented a major utility company in shareholder and derivative litigation.

Real Estate:

  • Tried a case to victory relating to construction issues
  • Tried a case to victory related to complex purchase transaction
  • Tried multiple cases to victory involving lot line and parcel disputes
  • Tried a case to victory that has defined the meaning of “condominium” under Los Angeles ordinances
  • Obtained a significant settlement for a Los Angeles developer relating to the construction of a luxury boutique hotel

Entertainment, Media, and Adverting Law:

  • Represents “infomercial” production companies regarding FTC compliance and litigation
  • Represents retail establishments in gift card and advertising injury cases
  • Represents talent agencies in inter-agency disputes
  • Represents production companies in matters ranging from contracting to rights of publicity/privacy
  • Represents television production companies in “reality TV” production and lawsuits
  • Represents writers in securing book, television, film, and related rights
  • Represented the No. 1 selling commercial artist in trial in a significant partnership/contract dispute

Intellectual Property:

  • Represents a leading eyeware and consumer products company in defending and securing patent and other intellectual property rights
  • Represented Pinkberry frozen yogurt in federal court litigation against copycat stores
  • Represented a major computer company in a significant patent litigation
  • Represented various computer companies in securing national and international Internet domain names
  • Prosecuted numerous cyberquatter lawsuits in the United States and Europe
  • Internal Investigations
  • Represents companies in investigations of internal accounting control issues
  • Represented a public company in investigation of fraud and embezzlement allegations

Internal Investigations:

  • Represents Board of Directors
  • Represents companies in investigation of internal accounting control issues
  • Represented a public company in investigation of fraud and embezzlement allegations

Environmental Compliance:

  • Represents large and small companies in Proposition 65 compliance and litigation

Writings and Recognitions:

David is the author of “Deaccessioning Fine Art Works: A Proposal for Heightened Security,” 36 UCLA L.Rev. 1005 (1989). While at UCLA, he was the Associate Editor of the UCLA Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honors Program.

David publishes regularly in the fields of advertising law and litigation, art law and proposition 65 matters.

David has been an invited speaker at both UCLA and USC Law Schools and is a mentor to UCLA law students. He has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2007 & from 2009-2017.

Education

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1989

B.A., cum laude, Vassar College, 1986

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Southern California Super Lawyer, 2007, 2009-2017