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 and acquired extensive experience with medical malpractice claims involving physicians, nurses, hospitals, and residential care facilities. In late 2002, she moved to London, England and continued her career mediating malpractice claims 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

  • Wrongful death claim arising out of alleged mismanagement of adult patient with spina bifida
  • Claim of negligent failure to recognize and act upon findings of glaucoma
  • Admitted liability case in which the issue was the amount of damages arising out of a relationship formed by a mental health care provider with his patient
  • Claimed negligent management of labor resulting in spastic quadriplegia
  • Alleged Emergency Room failures to diagnose and treat appendicitis, heart attack, CVAs and stroke, and orthopedic injuries
  • Anesthetic mismanagement allegedly causing massive brain injury
  • Alleged improper positioning of patient during surgery causing compartment syndrome
  • Birth and intrauterine injury claims
  • Blood banking and transfusion cases involving HIV and Hepatitis
  • Catastrophic injuries due to alleged improperly performed surgery
  • Claimed physician failures to diagnose and treat pre-eclampsia, post-caesarean endocarditis, arterial injury, life-threatening infection, variety of cancers, and acute bacterial and fungal meningitis
  • Claimed failures to administer medications, and/or overmedication
  • Claims of failure to order appropriate diagnostics
  • Claims of negligent prescription of medication to minor causing severe brain injury
  • Cosmetic surgical claims
  • Intraoperative anesthetic mismanagement purportedly causing massive brain injury
  • Operation on wrong side of brain
  • Claims of nursing home staff failure to follow physicians' orders and /or call in physician when necessary
  • Convalescent home management of patient involving decubitus ulcers and malnutrition
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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