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David Mehretu

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David Mehretu is a member of the Trial & Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Labor and Employment Law Practice Groups. David represents public and private entities in all phases of high-stakes litigation in federal and state court, as well as in administrative proceedings and through alternative dispute resolution, with an emphasis on complex, high-profile, multi-party matters often covered by the media.

David has represented nearly every type of public entity, including cities, counties, and various special districts. For these clients, he handles complex contractual disputes, land use, First Amendment, civil rights, peace officer defense, and environmental litigation and appeals. Recent examples include representing the City of Modesto in a contractual dispute concerning a major water distribution public works project, and representing five public entities against two large municipalities in a complex multi-phased administrative proceeding over a major contractual dispute concerning a contested $2 billion capital improvement program for the largest wastewater treatment facility in the western United States.

For private entities, David has broad experience in complex commercial litigation matters including class actions, intellectual property, appeals, business fraud and unfair competition, real estate, and regulatory challenges. David has worked with private entities in major sectors of the economy, including financial institutions, media and telecommunications enterprises, global consumer goods companies, and real estate developers.

David has established a strong track record serving as lead or co-lead attorney on drafting over 50 significant motions and briefs — including summary judgment, motions to dismiss, appeals, demurrers, opposition to class certification, and writs — with a particular expertise in federal litigation. David also has experience handling numerous significant oral arguments including dispositive motion practice, trial, and appeals, and personally appeared and advocated on behalf of clients in federal and state courts, not including case management conferences, over 25 times.

David’s broad federal court experience includes litigation in California, Colorado, New York and New Jersey. He recently assisted in preparing for a two-week federal jury trial in the Eastern District of California on behalf of a city and individual police officers in an excessive force and false arrest lawsuit. In the Central District of California, he recently drafted and provided oral argument on the successful motion to dismiss a county and four staff members in an action asserting land use, civil rights/takings, and First Amendment retaliatory claims. In the Southern District of New York, David served as second chair in a two-week trial in a multi-million dollar false advertising case for an international corporate joint venture, and in the District of New Jersey he prepared for trial in a major federal false advertising case, which settled on the eve of trial.

David has also represented pro bono clients in immigration proceedings, unlawful detainer actions, prosecuting restraining orders, and a murder trial, for which he has received awards for outstanding service.

Prior to joining Meyers Nave, David was a litigation associate at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass in San Francisco (five years) and Cooley LLP in New York (two years), and clerked for the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong, United States District Judge, in the Northern District of California (one year). He also served as a post-doctoral legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity, a regulatory law and policy think tank based at New York University School of Law.

David is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Second Circuit, and the following U.S. District Courts: the Northern District of California, Eastern District of California, Central District of California, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Southern District of Texas, District of Colorado, and Southern District of Indiana. He serves on The Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center’s Associate Council.

David received his J.D. from New York University School of Law (2006) where he served as an editor for the Review of Law and Social Change. He earned his B.A. in philosophy and politics from New York University (1997).


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