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David M. Berke
SrCounsel
dberke@ckllplaw.com
T: (818) 385-1754
F: (818) 385-1802

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Los Angeles

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BIOGRAPHY  

David is a capable litigator with substantial complex litigation experience, including but not limited to commercial and business litigation, legal malpractice, class actions, and insurance coverage.  He also has experience in the defense of employment, products liability, malpractice, and personal injury matters.  He has handled all phases of such litigation from inception through trial and beyond, including but not limited to pleadings, discovery, hearings, depositions, mediations, appellate briefing, and arbitration/trial.  David prides himself on resolving matters short of trial by way of motion practice and/or settlement.

 

A representative sample of matters in which David has obtained favorable results includes:

 

  • Representing an attorney in a dispute regarding the failure to pay amounts due under a partially executed finder’s fee agreement between an attorney and a company arranging $100 million dollar loans to the entertainment/motion picture industry;
  • Representing a corporation in a class action accusing it of providing allegedly usurious loans;
  • Representing a Fortune 500 employer in a high profile claim against former employees that allegedly: (1) solicited fellow employees for their new business while still employed, and (2) stole trade secrets and proprietary information;
  • Representing corporation’s owner in state and federal actions seeking to hold owner personally responsible for corporate debts (pierce the corporate veil); 
  • Representing large multinational law firms accused of legal malpractice;
  • Representing and advising insurers, including but not limited to defending against bad faith litigation, and prosecuting and/or defending equitable contribution and subrogation claims in a variety of contexts;
  • Representing an engineering company in an employment discrimination claim based on company’s alleged age and race discrimination; and
  • Representing car and tire manufacturers in various products liability actions. 

 

David Berke earned his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law in 2003, where he graduated just outside of the top 10% of his class and participated in the Moot Court Honors program.  David is a member of the California State Bar, and is admitted to practice before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal and U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California.