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, 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 where she investigated, evaluated, and represented parties in a variety of employment matters. In late 2002, she moved to London, England and continued her career mediating matters, including employment, 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.

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

  • Sexual Harassment
    • Claims of sexual harassment and discrimination against a government military contractor
    • Discrimination and sexual harassment case by female executive of a large national bank against the bank's chief executive officer
    • Alleged failure of hospital to respond and appropriately handle nurses' complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination by a staff doctor
    • Sexual harassment suit brought by female secretary of a Japanese bank against bank and its foreign-national officer
    • Suit by nurses against doctor for sexual harassment
    • Wrongful constructive discharge and sexual harassment claims by a female executive against a large cosmetics company
  • Racial/Ethnic Origin
    • Discrimination claim based on race, sexual orientation, disability and wrongful termination
    • African-American employee claims of discriminatory lay-offs against large government contractor
    • Breach of employment contract and discrimination on the basis of sex and national origin by Caucasian female executive against Asian owners of the company
    • Hostile work environment claim including alleged use of racial epithets and threats of bodily injury
  • Disability Discrimination
    • Discrimination claims based on physical disability
    • Mediation within an employee grievance procedure proceeding based on disability discrimination
    • Claim of wrongful dismissal based on disability
  • Employment Agreements
    • Break-up of an entertainment agency partnership
    • Negotiation of a separation agreement between an executive-level employee and a major entertainment company involving a long-term contract and valuation of stock option and retirement plans
    • Wrongful termination, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of contract claim by corporate officer of a closely held company against the company and its other executives
    • Claim against a multi-national energy trader for wrongful termination in violation of employment agreement, involving complex issues of control between affiliated off-shore entities
    • Claim of constructive termination by former director-level employee of a financial services company
  • Other
    • Complaint filed by a long-term employee of a large national corporation for violation of the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Cal-FEHA
    • Facilitation of an employment grievance between two employees of a police department
    • Claim by former employee for alleged breach of confidentiality clause in the severance agreement between himself and the employer
    • Facilitation of an internal grievance-stage employee/management dispute at an international accounting firm
    • Discrimination and wrongful termination claim based on religious affiliation
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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