David Poole specializes in civil litigation with a focus in the areas of complex business disputes, labor and employment, real property and environmental law. Mr. Poole received his B.A. in 1977 from U.C.L.A. and is a 1980 graduate of the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. He was a Deputy Attorney General with the State of California, Department of Justice, in-house counsel with a large corporation and partner in a large national law firm before starting Poole Shaffery in 1998.
Mr. Poole has extensive jury trial experience in both state and federal courts. He has taken cases to trial in California in Superior courts in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Alameda, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Joaquin, Tulare, Fresno and San Diego. He has also taken federal cases to trial in the United States District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California and the United States District Court for Maryland. He has argued appellate matters before the California Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the State of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
His representations have included defending and prosecuting claims on behalf of both domestic and international business entities and individuals in a variety of business, commercial, environmental, product liability, intellectual property, patent, trade secret, employment and real property matters. He has tried cases involving disputes in various industries including automotive, advertising, computer, entertainment, commercial real estate, industrial manufacturing, public utilities and military contracting.
He has written many articles on law related topics and is a frequent speaker and panelist at legal seminars and symposiums. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Los Angeles Superior Court. He is active in the community and currently serves on boards for several non-profit entities.
Although a litigator and trial attorney, he will, where appropriate and possible, undertake significant efforts to resolve disputes at the outset to minimize the expenditure of attorney’s fees. He is often involved in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. However, when trial is the best option or is necessitated, he is experienced and successful. As one trial judge stated of him on the record following a lengthy trial: "The advocacy in this case was among the best I have ever seen in my career as a judge. . . . It was nothing short of brilliant." Los Angeles Superior Court, Official Transcript of Proceedings Case No. PC024246.
Mr. Poole has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Key Professional Media, Inc. as featured in Los Angeles Magazine from 2007 through 2020.