David Brickner

Hon. David H. Brickner (Ret.)

Case Manager
Lisa Winch
T: 714-937-8219
F: 714-939-8710
5 Park Plaza, Suite 400, Irvine, CA 92614


In his 20 years on the bench and after handling over 400 mediations and arbitrations, Judge Brickner has tried, settled, mediated, or arbitrated numerous business/commercial matters. His business/commercial experience encompasses a broad range of legal issues including:

  • Banking
  • Commercial paper
  • Contract
  • Condemnation
  • Construction defect (including mold)
  • Corporations
  • Equitable indemnity
  • Equity
  • Insurance
  • Inverse condemnation
  • Municipal law and tort liability
  • Nuisance
  • Partnerships
  • Private attorney general
  • Riparian rights
  • Statutory actions
  • Unfair competition
  • Wrongful termination

Representative Matters

  • Action under UCC for the sale of high-tech goods involving issues of acceptance, rejection, and warranty
  • Breach of contract action by disappointed parent against sperm bank
  • Breach of contract by steel sub-contractor in construction of multi-million dollar college athletic facility
  • Breach of contract for sale of electrical power involving issues of contract construction, PUC regulation, and exigencies of the power crisis
  • Breach of contract for the sale of a yacht
  • Breach of contract on sale of cleaning establishment
  • Breach of contract on sale of smog inspection station
  • Complex insurance coverage case involving Canadian product, American carriers, and Australian consumer
  • Contract action involving complex financing of large land development project
  • Dispute involving county tax assessment against fast-food outlet
  • Dissolution of closely-held corporation sought based on alleged corrupt acts of directors
  • Dissolution of large land-development partnership
  • Fraud and breach of contract dealing with export business handling products from South Africa
  • Partnership dissolution/buy-out of a multi-million dollar office high rise
  • Reformation of contract sought in order to recover real property from religious cult
  • Shareholder derivative actions alleging looting of corporation by officers
  • Specific performance of CAR form contract for the purchase of undeveloped real property
  • Unfair competition action alleging fraudulent misappropriation of trade secret customer lists from telephonic psychic network
  • Unfair competition action by large manufacturer against competitor for allegedly using trade secret customer and product information
  • Unfair competition dispute involving the misappropriation of a sports celebrity's image for commercial purposes
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
  • Author, “Brickner’s Bits” column, previously published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Member, Orange County Superior Court Executive Committee, 1998
  • Member, California Judges Association, 1982-present
  • Board of Directors, Children's Home Society, Santa Ana, 1981-1985
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1970-1983
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association, 1968-1983 (Board of Directors, 1982)
  • Past President, Barristers Club, Orange County, 1975-1976
  • Past President, William Gray Inn of Court, 2003-2004

ADR Profiles

  • Pepperdine School of Law, Straus Institute STAR Mediation Program, 2003
  • Judge, Orange County Superior Court, 1986-2003
  • On assignment, Court of Appeal, 1984 (published two opinions)
  • Judge, Municipal Court, West Orange County Judicial District, 1983-1986
  • Private law practice, civil litigation and criminal law, 1972-1983
  • Deputy District Attorney, Orange County, 1969-1972
  • Lieutenant, United States Navy, 1962-1965
  • J.D., UCLA, School of Law, 1968
  • B.A., Stanford University, 1961

Counsel Comments

    • "In our mediation, Judge Brickner cut right to the core issues and, with his persistent efforts, was able to help us settle our case." 

      – Orange County Attorney
    • “Judge Brickner is good at cutting to the core issues in the case and is skilled at bringing the parties to agreement.”



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