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

David A. Garcia 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.


Judge Garcia has 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. He is well known for his energy, intelligence, and thoughtful decision-making.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Judge Garcia is an accomplished mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in personal injury matters. His expertise includes bilingual mediations, premises liability, bodily injury, and product liability. Please request or click here to download the Spanish version of this document.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated and resolved a personal injury dispute involving naturally occurring asbestos airborne particulate
  • Mediated and resolved a personal injury matter involving a neurosurgeon assaulted by a vagrant on hotel premises
  • Mediated and settled a personal injury dispute involving a bicyclist and a taxi cab
  • Successfully mediated a dispute in Spanish involving a felony assault with civil and criminal issues
  • Successfully mediated a premises liability case involving a slip and fall resulting in a $35.5 million settlement
  • Successfully resolved a personal injury product liability case involving insurance issues over the loss of an eye
  • Successfully resolved dispute between two neighbors involving alleged stalking, terrorist threats, internet defamation, and harassment
  • Successfully resolved matter which involved a two car accident resulting in the death of one pedestrian and serious injury to a second
  • Successfully resolved product liability matter involving steroids
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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