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David A. Belcher



David Belcher is an accomplished litigator who assists clients in California state and federal courts. David handles complex commercial disputes, appellate matters, and structured settlement and annuity cases. He regularly litigates issues related to platform liability, noncompete agreements, and claims against transportation and delivery network companies.

David manages all aspects of litigation, including legal research, making court appearances, taking depositions, and preparing for trial or arbitration. He is particularly skilled in writing pre-trial motions, having drafted several successful dispositive motions in state and federal courts.

David is a lecturer of Advanced Legal Writing at UC Berkeley School of Law and a senior research fellow at the California Constitution Center, a nonpartisan academic research center dedicated to the study of the state’s constitution and high court. His scholarly work has been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, The Recorder, blog posts and law review articles.

Representative Experience

  • Following a six-week jury trial, obtained a directed verdict in favor of a real estate brokerage in a suit brought by a competitor alleging trade secret misappropriation and economic interference claims.
  • Secured a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of a financial services company in a breach of contract action against a vendor.
  • Obtained a dismissal of product liability claims alleging defects in software on behalf of an app-based technology company.
  • Achieved complete dismissal of a suit alleging breach of contract and economic interference claims brought by a former business partner against a software company.
  • Successfully moved to dismiss breach of contract and all other claims brought by an independent contractor against a marketing company.
  • Secured summary judgment on behalf of a subcontractor in a construction case involving indemnity and breach of warranty claims.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of claims against glass manufacturer in product liability action.

Prior Experience

David previously served as an extern for Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court and as a law clerk in the Major Crimes Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where he assisted prosecutors in the Robert Durst murder trial.


Related Legal Services


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
J.D. Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Programming Editor (2019)

University of California, Davis
B.A. summa cum laude (2015)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Obtained a writ of mandate reversing denial of benefits for an underfunded caregiver.
  • Secured temporary restraining order on behalf of pro bono client following contested hearing.

Firm Leadership

  • Associates Committee, 2023-present


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020, 2022-23
  • Pro Bono Service Moment of the Year Award, 2022
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Video Game Law, 2019
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Forensic Evidence, 2018
  • Veloyce Glenn Winslow Junior Award, 2016
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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