Deborah David

Deborah A. David, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Hearing Officer

Case Manager
Elizabeth Walls
T: 213-253-9752
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Deborah A. David is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Deborah A. David, Esq. has been a JAMS neutral since 2000 and has acted as lead mediator in hundreds of matters.  Prior to joining JAMS, Ms. David served as a litigator for 25 years representing both defendants and plaintiffs. In late 2002, she moved to London, England and continued her career mediating matters and teaching conflict resolution in the US, UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In late 2016, she returned to live and work in Southern California.

Ms. David has handled numerous aviation related matters involving both general and commercial aviation and both fixed-wing and rotor aircraft.   The cases cover a broad spectrum of issues including design and manufacturing defects, pilot error, air-traffic control error, maintenance defects and errors and mass disasters. 

Experience gained throughout her career enables Ms. David to quickly recognize major issues key to resolution of a matter. She believes that a patient mediator, willing to work however long it takes to get the job done, is essential to successful resolution.

Representative Matters

  • Claimed breach of contract language warranting life of engines brought by aircraft purchaser against manufacturer
  • Mass disaster commercial airline crashes involving coordinated litigation
  • Claims of defects and inaccuracies in aircraft manufacturer’s maintenance and repair manuals
  • Product defects in general aviation aircraft including allegations that improper design led to engine failure and uncontrollable oscillation (flutter)
  • Alleged defects in tail design of general aviation aircraft
  • Alleged defects in engine design/manufacture
  • Metallurgical failures involving both design and manufacturing issues
  • Claims against airline carriers, aircraft and engine manufacturers, and the United States
  • Defective and inadequate maintenance, including alleged failure to monitor and replace life-limited parts in rotor aircraft
  • Flight into wake turbulence causing injury to passengers and crew of commercial airliner
  • Hull-loss claims
  • In-flight injury claims
  • Liability of fixed-base operators
  • Controlled flight into terrain
  • Flight into adverse weather conditions
  • Landing and take-off at high-density altitude
  • Meteorological conditions affecting flight and performance of aircraft
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Member, Lamport Hall Group, United Kingdom, 2014-present
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator, United Kingdom, 2003-present
  • Member, CEDR Panel of Mediators, 2003-present
  • Faculty, CEDR, 2004-present
  • Member, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, State Bar of California, 2002
  • Executive Committee, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1999, 2000, and 2002; Member, 1998-present
  • Board of Governors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 1996-2000
  • Board of Governors, Consumer Attorneys Association of California, 1992-2001
  • President, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (formerly the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association), 1997
  • Founding Partner, Lebovits & David,1983-2000
  • Partner and Associate, Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon LLP, 1975-1983
  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 1975
  • B.A., Scripps College, Claremont, California, 1972
  • University of Paris, L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, France, 1970-1971




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