David Schecter is a civil litigator and trial lawyer who represents clients in business and intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts throughout California.  David has substantial experience in litigation involving claims of trademark and trade dress infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, conversion, and defamation.  David also has experience in antitrust and other complex business matters.

Representative Matters:

  • Represented a major golf club manufacturer in a multi-million dollar breach of contract dispute in Los Angeles Superior Court against the client’s former packaging vendor.  David briefed the winning opposition to the vendor’s general demurrer and created the discovery strategy to position the case for a favorable resolution.  The parties reached a confidential settlement following the deposition of the vendor’s CEO.
  • Represented regional insurance brokerage firm in a five-week jury trial in Orange County Superior Court.  The trial involved claims of trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and defamation, among others.  David briefed successful oppositions to the defendants’ motions in limine ensuring that the client’s expert witnesses would be able to testify.  David also prepped key witnesses for trial, argued several winning trial motions, and conducted the direct examination of the client’s IT vendor.
  • Represented San Diego based engineering firm in litigation against its former CEO and board member.  David defeated the former CEO’s anti-SLAPP motion and created the litigation strategy to position the case for a favorable resolution at trial.  The parties reached a confidential settlement during discovery.
  • Represented a San Diego based jewelry company in federal court litigation against its former trademark licensor.  The lawsuit involved claims of trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and breach of contract, among others.  David created the litigation strategy to defeat the licensor’s anticipated motion for a preliminary injunction.  The trial court granted the preliminary injunction, but David drafted the winning Ninth Circuit brief.  The Ninth Circuit found that the district court had committed “clear error” in granting the preliminary injunction.

Prior to joining Miller Barondess, David was a litigation associate at Jones Day and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

David received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, where he was a senior editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  During law school, David played professional lacrosse for the Philadelphia Barrage in the MLL.  David received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University in 2006.

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