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 frequently serves expert witness in connection with insurance litigation.
He also works as a mediator, having co-founded Innovative Dispute Resolution (IDR) in 2005.
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.
David has significant appellate experience, obtaining many published and unpublished decisions, including: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)
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).
University of Southern California School of Law (JD, 1990)
• Editor, Southern California Law Review
• Order of the Coif
California State University, Fullerton, with honors (BA, 1987)
University of California, Irvine, Certification in Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution (2005)
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Orange County Bar Association, Chair 2018 ADR Section
Orange County Bar Association, Secretary/Treasurer 2016 ADR Section
Orange County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
“America’s Top 100 Attorneys” Lifetime Achievement Honor
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell in Alternative Dispute Resolution
“Lawyer of the Year” -Best Lawyers 2019
“Lawyer of the Year” -Best Lawyers 2018
“Lawyer of the Year” -Best Lawyers 2016
Best Lawyers of America 2019
Best Lawyers of America 2018
Best Lawyers of America 2017
Best Lawyers of America 2016
Best Lawyers of America 2015
Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Insurance Law, OC Metro Magazine, 2012
Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Insurance Law, OC Metro Magazine, 2011
Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Insurance Law and Employment Law, OC Metro Magazine, 2010
Top 5 Orange County Attorneys in Employment Law, OC Metro Magazine, 2009
Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers 2018
Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers 2017
Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers 2016
Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers 2015
Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers 2014
Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers 2013
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2018
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2017
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2016
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2015
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2014
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2013
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2012
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2011
Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers 2010
2019 Southern California Super Lawyers
2018 Southern California Super Lawyers
2017 Southern California Super Lawyers
2016 Southern California Super Lawyers
2015 Southern California Super Lawyers
2014 Southern California Super Lawyers
2013 Southern California Super Lawyers
2012 Southern California Super Lawyers
2011 Southern California Super Lawyers
2010 Southern California Super Lawyers
2009 Southern California Super Lawyers
2007 Southern California Super Lawyers
Recent Media Coverage
Shareholder Dave Ezra Featured in Orange County Attorney Journal for Best Lawyers Recognition as “Lawyer of the Year”
O.C. Attorney Journal – December 14, 2018
David Ezra Presents Insurance Law Issues
Berger Kahn – October 5, 2018
Shareholder David Ezra Named as Best Lawyers 2019 Litigation – Insurance “Lawyer of the Year” for Southern California
Best Lawyers – August 15, 2018
Best Lawyers 2019 Recognizes Managing Partner Craig Simon, Shareholders Sherman Spitz, David Ezra, and Stephan Cohn
Best Lawyers – August 15, 2018
Berger Kahn Attends OCBA’s ADR Section July Meeting Featuring Retired Shareholder Lance LaBelle
Orange County Bar Association – August 6, 2018
Shareholder Dave Ezra Featured in O.C. Attorney Journal
O.C. Attorney Journal – February 27, 2018
David Ezra Named as Best Lawyers 2018 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Southern California
Best Lawyers – July 15, 2017
Attorney Journal Features Berger Kahn Shareholders Sherman Spitz and David Ezra in List of “Top Rated Lawyers” Honor
Orange County Attorney Journal – July 14, 2017
Orange County Attorney Journal Features All Berger Kahn Shareholders for Inclusion in Super Lawyers Business Edition
American Lawyer – April 19, 2017
Orange County Attorney Journal Features All Berger Kahn Shareholders for Inclusion in Super Lawyers Business Edition
Attorney Journal – February 20, 2017
Claims Journal Features Shareholder David Ezra in “Mastering the Blue Ridge Settlement Reservation of Rights”
Claims Journal – December 6, 2016
All Berger Kahn Shareholders Featured in 2016 Super Lawyers Business Edition
Super Lawyers – November 23, 2016
Attorney Journal Features Shareholders Steve Cohn and Dave Ezra for Best Lawyers Recognition
O.C. Attorney Journal – November 1, 2016
The National Law Journal Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Lawyers”
National Law Journal – September 1, 2016
Attorney Journal Features Managing Partner Craig Simon With Shareholders Sherman Spitz and David Ezra For Their Selection to America’s “Top 100″
O.C. Attorney Journal – August 3, 2016
O.C. Bar Association Publication Features Shareholder David Ezra On “Mediating Employment Disputes With Small Business Owners”
Orange County Lawyer – July 1, 2016
“America’s Top 100 Attorneys” Lifetime Achievement Honor Received by Berger Kahn Attorneys
America’s Top 100 – June 20, 2016
Attorney Journal Features Shareholder David Ezra for Listing Among “Top Law Firms” in the Orange County Business Journal
O.C. Attorney Journal – April 13, 2016
O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn For Recognition to Super Lawyers Including Elite “Top 100 Southern California” and “Top 50 OC” Lists
O.C. Bar Association – March 14, 2016
Wall Street Journal Features Berger Kahn as a 2016 “Top Ranked Law Firm”
Wall Street Journal – January 29, 2016
Shareholder David Ezra Rises to O.C. Bar Association Board Position for ADR Section
O.C. Bar Association – January 4, 2016
Shareholder David Ezra Featured in Avvo for “Year-End Insurance Tips for the Small Business Owner”
Avvo Legal Guides – January 4, 2016
HG Legal Resources Features Shareholder David Ezra for Small Business Owner Insurance Tips for 2016
HG Legal Resources – January 4, 2016
“Lawyer of the Year” — Principal David Ezra Featured in Orange County Attorney Journal for Recognition by Best Lawyers
O.C. Attorney Journal – December 17, 2015
HG Legal Resources Features Attorney Orlando Arellano and Principal David Ezra in New Column “New Law Offers Piece Rate Employers a Possible ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card”
HG Legal Resources – December 17, 2015
Avvo Legal Guides Features Attorney Orlando Arellano and Principal David Ezra in New Column “New Law Offers Piece Rate Employers a Possible ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card”
Avvo Legal Guides – December 17, 2015
Daily Journal Features Principal Dave Ezra in “Fraud and Collusion Defenses Can be Risky”
Daily Journal – December 4, 2015
Los Angeles Times Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Attorneys”
Los Angeles Times – October 14, 2015
Steve Cohn and Dave Ezra of Berger Kahn Highlighted By O.C. Attorney Journal Magazine For Honors By Best Lawyers In America 2016
O.C. Lawyer Magazine – October 14, 2015
Coast Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” Features Principals Craig Simon, Sherman Spitz, Lance LaBelle, David Ezra, and Erin Mindoro
Coast Magazine – October 1, 2015
Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Berger Kahn Shareholders to 2016 List
Best Lawyers of America – August 17, 2015
O.C. Lawyer Features Principal David Ezra in Mediation Column “The Mediator’s Nightmare…”
O.C. Lawyer – August 1, 2015
O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn Attorneys for Selection to Super Lawyers “Top” Lists
O.C. Bar Association – June 11, 2015
Claims Journal Ranks Berger Kahn Column Column “What You May Not Know About Uninsured Motorist Claims” Among Top 10 Legal Articles
Claims Journal – January 2, 2015
Shareholder David Ezra Featured in Insurance Coverage Law Report “Making Sense of California’s Accident Requirement in Liability Insurance Policies – Part 1 and 2″
Insurance Coverage Law Report – October 1, 2014
Attorney Journal Community News Features Berger Kahn for Recognition to List of Best Lawyers in America
Orange County Attorney Journal – October 1, 2014
O.C. Register Metro “Top Attorneys” Features Managing Partner Craig Simon, and Principals David Ezra and Lance LaBelle
Orange County Register Metro – September 2, 2014
Los Angeles Times Recognizes Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers”
Los Angeles Times – September 1, 2014
National Law Journal Identifies Berger Kahn Attorneys to List of Southern California’s “Top Rated Lawyers – Insurance Law”
National Law Journal – September 1, 2014
Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Berger Kahn Managing Partner Craig Simon and Partner David Ezra
Best Lawyers in America – August 18, 2014
Principal Dave Ezra Featured in Mediate.com for “Writing a ‘Winning’ Mediation Brief”
Mediate.com – February 14, 2014
“Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts
Daily Journal – December 30, 2013
Daily Journal: Principal Dave Ezra on Appellate Review of Insurer-Appointed Defense Attorneys
Daily Journal- September 16, 2013
CRE Radio features Berger Kahn’s Dave Ezra on “Lease Insurance Clauses”
Commercial Real Estate Radio – April 26, 2013
Daily Journal “Top Verdicts”: Suit Involving Berger Kahn Selected as “Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Dollar” for the Firm’s Role in the $69M Yorba Linda Water District Judgment
Los Angeles Daily Journal – February 13, 2013
Column Featuring Principal Dave Ezra on Recent High-Profile Cycling Confession
Orange County Register – January 21, 2013
Lance Armstrong: Legally speaking, with David Ezra
Runners Network – January 20, 2013
Daily Journal: California employers rack up ‘wins’ in 2012 decisions
Los Angeles Daily Journal – December 19, 2012
Major Verdict Against Water District for Failure of Hydrants
CBS Money Watch – August 28, 2012
When is it Workplace Discrimination?
OC Metro – August 1, 2012
Expert Employment Law Attorneys’ Year End Review on California Wage and Hour Cases
Marketwire – December 26, 2011
Berger Kahn Prevails in Uninsured Motorist Benefits Case
Berger Kahn Associate Erin Mindoro and Principal David Ezra obtained a favorable judgment on August 20, 2012 in a case involving alleged uninsured motorist benefits and bad faith claims handling.
Berger Kahn’s Demurrer Sustained Without Leave to Amend
Berger Kahn Principals Jeff Crowe and David Ezra recently had a demurrer sustained without leave to amend in a case where they represented an insurance company against allegations of bad faith failure to defend.
Shareholder David Ezra Presents Updates in Construction Defect Coverage Law
Southern California Insurer
August 6, 2018
Piercing Mediation Confidentiality and Ensuring Judicial Neutrality
OCBA ADR Section October Meeting
November 29, 2017
Private Judging: It is not the wild west anymore
State Bar Section Convention in San Diego
August 19, 2017
Society for American Baseball Research – Allan Roth Chapter January Meeting
Shareholder David Ezra Speaks to Society for American Baseball Research
University of California Irvine – Pre Law Speakers’ Panel
University of California Irvine
November 4, 2016
Baseball Arbitration (In and out of Baseball): Barry Bonds and Other Stories
O.C. Bar Association – ADR Section Meeting
March 28, 2016
Persuasive Legal Writing: Strategies and Tactics
QDR Mediation – Monthly Educational Seminar
June 12, 2015
Mediation and Settlement: Secrets and Strategies You Can Take to the Bank
Orange County Bar Association – Last Dash MCLE
January 19, 2013
Berger Kahn Supports Project Youth OCBF at 6th Annual Game Day Fundraiser
On January 12, 2019, Shareholder David Ezra, Partner Erin Ezra, and Assistant Hannah Hong joined in on the fun at Project Youth OCBF’s 6th Annual Game Day Fundraiser, held at Advanced Depositions. All for a good cause, Berger Kahn and other local attorneys supported Project Youth’s Higher Education Mentoring Program. The nearly $9,000 dollars fundraised that day will go toward providing local high school students in low-income communities with the academic, social, and financial support they need to achieve their higher education goals.
Berger Kahn Kicks Off the Holidays by Running in Santa Claus for a Cause 5K
To get into the holiday spirit, Berger Kahn Shareholder, Dave Ezra, Partner, Erin Ezra, and assistants, Hannah Hong and Jackie Lee, ran in the Santa Claus for a Cause 5K on Sunday, December 16th in Huntington Beach. Dave finished strong, coming in second place in his age division. The event included an ugly holiday sweater contest, Santa suits and shirts, and Santa himself! All donations from the run went toward supporting families in Africa and the local homeless population. This makes the second 5K Berger Kahn has participated in this 2018 and look forward to teaming up for many more in the new year.
Berger Kahn Joins the 2018 PurpleStride OC 5K to End Pancreatic Cancer
On November 17, David Ezra, Erin Ezra, Kathleen Danna, Ian Kaplan, Patricia Contreras, Hannah Hong, and Alyssa Telles participated in the PurpleStride 5K, organized by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This year PurpleStride O.C. celebrates its 10th anniversary and Berger Kahn was eager to support this great cause and help fundraise for patients and families impacted by pancreatic cancer.
Berger Kahn Supports CRF-OC’s Youth Leadership Education Programs
Shareholder David Ezra and partner Erin Ezra attended the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County Annual Benefit on October 25th. The CRF-OC’s promotes civic literacy and youth leadership by providing interactive civic and law-related education programs to over 6,000 local high school students.
Berger Kahn Supports Alzheimer’s Orange County
On October 2, 2018, shareholder David Ezra, partner Erin Ezra, Alyssa Telles, and Hannah Hong attended a fundraiser benefiting Alzheimer’s Orange County and also celebrating the grand opening of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Irvine.
Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra Attend Judicate West Celebration
On June 7, 2018, Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra attended the Judicate West Open House celebrating Judicate West’s 25th anniversary and welcoming the newest additions to their roster of distinguished neutrals. The event, held in the Judicate West offices in Santa Ana, welcomed Hon. Frederick P. Aguirre, Ret., Hon. Theirry P Colaw, Ret., Ed Fernandez, Esq., Hon. Steven Perk, Ret., and Hon. Clay Smith, Ret.
Project Youth Orange County Bar Foundation Rooftop Event Attended and Supported by Berger Kahn Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin (Mindoro) Ezra
In support of the programs and initiatives of the Project Youth Orange County Bar Foundation, OCBF Associate Board member and Berger Kahn Partner Erin Ezra, Shareholder Dave Ezra, along with Associate Ian Kaplan, Alyssa Telles, Hannah Hong and Rebecca Malkin joined the Bar Foundation for their 6th Annual Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser. Project Youth keeps at-risk youth in school, healthy, and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening by addressing youth risk factors at an early age and by building the capacity of local service systems that promote positive results, often giving youth a second chance.
Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra Attend Project Youth OCBF Annual Meeting
The 2017 Orange County Bar Foundation Society of Fellows Recognition Reception and Annual meeting on December 13 awarded the Project Youth OCBF’s “Sammy” award, the Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellows award, and the Distinguished Judicial Fellows awards. The 2018 Board of Directors were announced, along with the installation of Officers for 2018 and the 2018 Associate Board of Directors. Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra attended the event in support of the OCBF.
Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra Attend OCBF Fundraiser Event
In January 2018, Shareholder Dave Ezra and Partner Erin Ezra attended the Orange County Bar Foundation’s Game Day Fundraiser to help benefit the OCBF’s Youth Projects, a nonprofit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth in school, healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening.
Dave and Erin Attend the 2017 Annual Benefit for Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County Auction, and Benefit Reception
Each year the Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County (CRF-OC) reaches nearly 8,500 Orange County students and adult volunteers through these five innovative, interactive and engaging educational programs. This year, Dave and Erin had the honor of attending this charitable foundation’s night of support.
Shareholder David Ezra and Partner Erin Mindoro Attend CRFOC Mock Trial Awards
On February 9, Dave and Erin attended the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange county, Mock Trial Annual Awards Reception, with attorney Bryan Caforio as keynote speaker, winner of the 2000 Judge Henry Moor Outstanding Orator of the Year Award, and honoring Hon. Glenda Sanders, the Orange County Public Defender’s Office and more for their service in the community.
Constitutional Rights Foundation Orange County Welcomes David Ezra for Presentation on Miranda v. Arizona
Shareholder David Ezra gave a volunteer presentation for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County on Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), a pivotal Supreme Court case ensuring a person’s right against self-incrimination and for an individual’s right to a defense attorney.
O.C. Bar Foundation Associate Board Summer Rooftop Event Attended and Supported by Berger Kahn
In support of the programs and initiatives of the O.C. Bar Foundation, OCBF Associate Board member and Berger Kahn partner Erin Mindoro, along with Shareholder Dave Ezra, attorney Orlando Arellano and legal secretary Pam Daubert joined the Bar Foundation for their summer rooftop event.
Shareholder David Ezra at Judicate West Charity Baseball Night for Inner City Law Center
Shareholder Dave Ezra supported the Inner City Law Center while enjoying a day at the ballpark thanks to Judicate West Foundation and their annual charity baseball night, at the Dodgers vs. Brewers game for a good cause.
Shareholder David Ezra and Principal Erin Mindoro Run 5K at O.C. Marathon for O.C. Bar Foundation
The Orange County Bar Foundation proudly included Shareholder David Ezra and Partner Erin Mindoro among their charity team at the O.C. Marathon, culminating in the Wahoo’s 5K run.
Shareholder David Ezra and Prinicpal Erin Mindoro Attend Bar Foundation Event in Support of Empowering Youth
Shareholder David Ezra and Principal Erin Mindoro attended the O.C. Bar Foundation “Game Day Fundraiser” on behalf of Berger Kahn, enjoying football, food, games and raffle prizes all in support of the nonprofit organization where Erin serves on the Associate Board.
Principals David Ezra and Erin Mindoro Attend O.C. Bar Foundation Society of Fellow Recognition Reception and Installation Dinner
Principals David Ezra and Erin Mindoro attended the O.C. Bar Foundation Society of Fellow Recognition Reception and Installation Dinner recognizing those who made the important work of the Bar Foundation possible throughout the year. Erin Mindoro is a proud member of the Associate Board of the Bar Foundation and is involved in many of their events throughout the year.
Berger Kahn Supports Arts, Access to Justice and Safer Children and Families
In the effort to support the community, Berger Kahn has been able to give in-kind donations to nonprofit partners who make our community strong.
O.C. Bar Foundation Event Sponsored by Berger Kahn
In support of the programs and initiatives of the O.C. Bar Foundation, Associate Board member attorney Erin Mindoro, along with Principal Dave Ezra and attorney Orlando Arellano joined the Bar Foundation for their summer rooftop event.
Berger Kahn at the Constitutional Rights Foundation Annual Benefit
Partner Dave Ezra and Attorneys Erin Mindoro and Zach Rutman joined the Constitutional Rights Foundation to celebrate 33 years of service to Orange County youth, recognize the outstanding legal leadership, and raise awareness of the CRF’s work promoting civic literacy and youth leadership.
Berger Kahn Attorneys Attend Judicate West “Suite Night of Baseball” Supporting Inner City Law Center’s Homeless Veterans Program, Sept. 18
Shareholder David Ezra and attorney Erin Mindoro attended the Judicate West “Suite Night of Baseball” event supporting Inner City Law Center’s Homeless Veterans Program.
Berger Kahn Attends OC Bar Foundation Associate Board Event Supporting Youth Safety, Health and Education
Shareholder Dave Ezra, and attorneys Erin Mindoro and Zach Rutman attended the O.C. Bar Foundation Associate Board’s premier annual event, benefiting youth safety, health and education programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation.