David S. Webster



1401 Willow Pass Road
Suite 700
Concord, CA 94520
P (925) 222-3400
F (925) 356-8250

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An accomplished trial attorney, David Webster specializes in complex civil litigation with a focus on construction defect, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death actions. He has represented a wide range of individuals, including developers, design professionals, and contractors. David’s cases have included multi-million dollar claims involving multiple parties.  In a rare construction defect trial, David obtained a defense verdict for our client against all claims, including fraud. He has also successfully represented product manufacturers, motor carriers, and their drivers, in accidents involving serious injury and death. His practice extends to catastrophic injury matters, defending contractors, public entities, common carriers, commercial businesses, and individuals.  Many of his injury suits have involved claims of environmental and toxic exposure. David routinely provides insurance coverage analysis and advice, and represents insurance clients in related suits. David holds an unparalleled record of successful verdicts in closely watched, high-exposure matters. He also holds a tremendous record of success in binding arbitrations, and before the appellate court.



University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 1991)

California State University, Chico (B.A., 1987)

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Practice Areas

  • Preparation of briefs and oral arguments before the California Courts of Appeal following defense verdicts and related issues including recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Successful defense of appeal following summary judgment motion against $3.5 million subrogation action following building fire structure damage, including recovery of attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Defense of developers against HOA and homeowner suits for fraud, negligent construction, and related damages in urban high-rise and multifamily projects.
  • Defense of personal injury actions resulting from construction defects.
  • Defense of developers and builders against alleged class action suits by homeowners.
  • Defense of claims for damages due to delays in construction of commercial buildings.
  • Prosecution of commercial owner/developer out-of-pocket repair claims based on negligent construction of movie theater, including EIFS system failure.
  • Prosecution of claims for indemnification and breach of contract.
  • Handles a number of environmental and toxic tort matters, including claims involving mold and mold claims, carbon monoxide exposure, and asbestos exposure.
  • Represents developers, manufacturers, contractors, and owners, and regularly retains environmental consultants to defend and rebut such claims for the firm’s clients.
Complex Tort and Casualty
  • Handles a wide array of actions involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death, including from construction sites, motor vehicle accidents, dangerous conditions of property, public and private roadways, and residential residences.
  • Represents a broad spectrum of clients, including commercial and residential business owners and managers, contractors, individuals, landlords, common carriers, restaurants/bars, farm crop growers, product manufacturers, and public entities.
Mass Torts and Class-Action Defense
  • Defends corporations, other business entities, and individuals, against class action claims, including habitability and other claims arising out of the landlord/tenant relationship, consumer fraud and violations of California Business & Professions Code § 17200.
Product Liability
  • Defense of high performance coating manufacturer against claim relating to product failures in commercial projects, including a six-week trial in Alameda County to verdict.
  • Defense of high performance insulated glass window designer against claims of improper design and failures by manufacturers and homeowners in state and federal court, including a nationwide failures.
  • Defense of wine tank manufacturer against claims of design and manufacturing defects resulting in catastrophic injury and product loss.
  • Defense of excavation contractor against numerous claims arising from gas line rupture and explosion and related product issues in San Francisco County.
  • Defense of coffee roaster distributor in product liability action resulting in structure fire.
Property Management and Tenant Litigation
  • Defense of apartment building owner against claims of electrical component product and installation defects in wrongful death action, including two-week trial in San Francisco.
  • Defense of warehouse tenant in claims of product liability following widespread fire damage.
  • Defense of trucking company in catastrophic accident cases.


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Trial & Appellate Results

Western Heritage Insurance Company v. Frances Todd, RG14742991, A152428

Belo v. Ballyhallinan, San Francisco County, CGC-16-552777

Catino v. A/G Farms, MCV070882

Corvin v. Corvin, 110CV189732

Griggs v. Arriola, 255248

Paulson v. Johnson, CV 181544

Hansen v. East Bay Floorcovering, RG15765238

Livingstone v. The Bridges Golf Club, C12-02356

City of Newark v. W.A. Thomas, RG07343608

Sumpter v. Clark, SL009943

Plummer v. Far West Associates, C98-00328

Lake Merritt Plaza v. HOK Architects

Jury Rejects $1.4 Million+ Demand by Plaintiff: 12-0 Verdict for Defense

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Awards & Accomplishments

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