David Garcia

Hon. David A. Garcia (Ret.)

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

Case Manager
Lily Kaufman
T: 415-774-2656
F: 415-982-5287
2 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111


Hon. David A. Garcia (Ret.) served 20 distinguished years on San Francisco's municipal and superior courts and was widely recognized as one of the best law and motion judges in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Fluent in English and Spanish, he is an accomplished mediator and arbitrator with a depth of experience in matters involving insurance, including coverage disputes, bad faith, reinsurance, title insurance, and Workers Compensation. He is well known for his energy, intelligence, and thoughtful decision-making. Please request or click here to download the Spanish version of this document.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated and settled a dispute between an owner and a restaurant involving wrongful termination of lease and related contract disputes
  • Successfully mediated a multi-party bad faith insurance coverage dispute involving directors and officers liability issues
  • Successfully mediated an insurance coverage dispute involving multi-shared risk parties concerning a fire loss
  • Successfully resolved a complicated Workers Compensation insurance dispute between the carrier and administrator
  • Successfully resolved a multi-party dispute concerning a hotel fire and insurance coverage issues
  • Successfully resolved a shared risk primary/excess insurance coverage dispute
  • Successfully resolved an elder abuse matter involving allegations of misrepresentation in the sale of annuities
  • Successfully resolved an insurance coverage dispute involving premises liability issues
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Author of various publications about litigation and ADR in a variety of practice areas, including real estate, employment and commercial litigation, including Rutter Group Landlord Tenant Practice Guide
  • Founder and Board Member, Alta Vista Elementary School, San Francisco, 2009-present
  • Member, California Judges Association, 1983-present
  • Member, San Francisco Conservation Corps, 1987-2000
  • Member: Planning Committee, CJER, Civil Proceedings Bench-Book Project; Planning Committee, CJA Annual Conference, 1990
  • Mayoral appointee, San Francisco Employment and Training Council, 1978-1982
  • "Scholarly Approach," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, October 31, 2014
    • Judge, San Francisco Superior Court, 1990-2003
    • Judge, San Francisco Municipal Court, 1983-1990
    • General Counsel/Executive and Legal Affairs Secretary, California Fair Employment and Housing Commission, 1978-1982
    • Partner, Private Practice, San Francisco, 1974-1977
    • Managing Attorney/Staff Counsel, Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, Mission Law Office, San Francisco, 1971-1973 and 1973-1974
    • Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1974-1983
    • LL.M., Yale Law School, 1971
    • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1970
    • B.A., University of San Francisco, 1967

    Counsel Comments

      • "... He'd be able to very quickly size up cases put in front of him and give the litigants a real sense of what the value of their case is."

        -Chair of Litigation Group at a Multi-Regional Law Firm




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