Overview

Dave joined HCVT as a partner and general counsel effective March 1, 2022. He has served as the firm’s outside counsel for many years and brings over 45 years of experience addressing professional liability and commercial matters. He has counseled law and accounting firms on ethics and professional responsibility matters, including engagements, billing, disengagement issues, and intra-partnership matters.

Prior to joining HCVT, Dave was a partner and general counsel of the law firm Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP and served as the managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco Office from 2002-2022. Dave began his legal career as an associate at Long & Levit in 1977 and became a partner in 1984.

Dave frequently speaks to bar and accounting groups on liability, loss prevention, and professional responsibility matters. He has also co-authored many articles regarding professional liability matters, which have appeared in publications as diverse as California Lawyer Magazine ("Close the File on Malpractice Claims" - November 2013), the Tennessee Law Review ("Attorney's Liability for Errors in Judgment – At the Crossroads") and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law ("Surviving the Directors' and Officers' Liability Crisis: Insurance and the Alternatives").

Dave obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law and received his bachelor's degree, cum laude in Political Science, with honors from the University of Southern California. He is admitted to the State of Bar of California, all federal district courts in California as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also been an Arbitrator of fee disputes for the Bar Association of San Francisco for more than 35 years.

Professional Experience

Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP
Long & Levit

Professional and Community Involvement

American Bar Association, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section - Professional Liability Committee
Bar Association of San Francisco, Arbitrator, Fee Arbitration Disputes Panel 
The Olympic Club, Member and Board of Directors

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Credentials and Certifications

  • State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

JD, University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law
AB, University of Southern California, cum laude, Political Science, with honors

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