David A. Robinson

David A. Robinson

President and Founding Shareholder

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Areas of Practice

Complex Commercial Litigation
Corporate Control & Governance Litigation
Employment Law Defense
Constitutional Rights Litigation
Health Care Law
Insurance Coverage Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Probate, Trust & Elder Abuse Litigation
Products Liability/Consumer Litigation
Professional Liability Litigation
Real Property Litigation
Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Litigation

David Robinson is ECG’s Founder and Senior Shareholder

He is a prominent trial lawyer with numerous high-impact victories.

Martindale-Hubble® AV+ rated for over 20 years and Super Lawyer®, David is renowned for his multitude of victories as lead counsel in complex business trials and arbitrations and has appeared as counsel in over ten states. Licensed in California and Colorado, admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Sixth Circuits, U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Missouri and Western District of Washington, David has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous trade secret, unfair competition, corporate governance, shareholder derivative, patent and trademark infringement, breach of contract, fraud, false arrest, defamation, products liability, wrongful death, real property, First Amendment, civil and voting rights, wrongful discharge, employment practices, Ponzi, taxation and regulatory actions.

He serves on the UC Hastings Board of Governors, the Dean’s Council for UC Riverside’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management and as an advisor to Chapman Law School’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. He is also an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial Dispute Panel.

He formerly served as a member of the California State Bar Judicial Evaluations Nominations Commission (JNE), Chairman of the Orange County Bar Association Legislative Affairs Committee, member of Chapman Law School’s Board of Visitors, Chairman of the Irvine Valley College Foundation, and as Vice-President of Finance and Strategic Planning for the Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council.

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • California
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

David’s representative defense victories include multiple judgments for a corporate hospital conglomerate wrongfully accused of orchestrating a false arrest, libel, and other purported acts of intentional wrongdoing; a unanimous jury verdict in favor of an NYSE-traded silicon chip manufacturer in a multi-million dollar products liability action; a jury verdict exonerating a law firm sued for alleged suppression of free speech rights; a judgment rejecting breach of contract, unfair competition, and other tort claims against an association of emergency room physicians; a defense arbitration award following a 43-day evidentiary hearing, dismissing claims of accounting manipulation and fraud against sellers of vertically-aligned manufacturing businesses; a judgment exonerating an entertainment industry client of fraud, conversion, and unfair business practice charges; a judgment exonerating a nationwide manufacturer of freight trailers in a multi-party wrongful death/products liability action; the dismissal of numerous misrepresentation and breach of warranty claims against sellers of various hotel, shopping center, and apartment properties; numerous defense judgments against executive wrongful discharge claims; a defense judgment following a four-part trial involving embezzlement through a “Ponzi” scheme of hundreds of millions of dollars spread across dozens of sham entities and offshore accounts; and multiple judgments invalidating competitor trademarks.

David’s representative plaintiff victories include multiple judgments quieting title and expunging competing ownership claims to commercial, retail and residential property in both California and Colorado; a jury verdict against a real estate attorney for fraud and malpractice; a judgment validating millions of dollars’ worth of disputed preferred corporate stock; a judgment extinguishing disputed easement/right-of-way claims across beach front property; a judgment for fraud and breach of warranties against the seller of an interstate freight shipping business; a judgment for fraud against preserving trade secret information belonging to several ECG clients; the seller of a franchised hotel property near Disneyland; multiple judgments and permanent injunctions enforcing the rights of corporate shareholders, directors, and elected governmental officials and to inspect documents, compel special elections and force the resignation of senior corporate managers; a settlement, reached mid-way through trial, awarding the client 100% of a disputed multi-million dollar California lottery prize; a stipulated judgment, entered after the commencement of trial, reforming and enforcing an NYSE commercial lender’s recorded security interest in a complex of commercial properties; a settlement awarding the client exclusive title to multiple patents issued in the United States and China; and a settlement establishing a shipyard’s right to a 35-year sublease extension.

David also has extensive experience successfully representing clients in prosecuting and defending shareholder derivative actions, particularly those involving shareholder voting rights, stock buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, corporate control issues, and the appointment of provisional corporate directors.

  • Barnes, Crosby, FitzGerald & Zeman LLP v. Jerome L. Ringler, 212 Cal. App. 4th 172 (2012)
  • Choi v. Orange County Great Park Corp., 175 Cal.App.4th 524 (2009)
  • Ekstrom v. Marquesa at Monarch Beach Homeowners Association, 168 Cal. App. 4th 1111 (2008)
  • Joseph P. Saline v. Superior Court (Commonwealth Energy Corporation), 100 Cal.App.4th 909 (2002)
  • Videotape Plus, Inc. v. Lyons, 89 Cal.App.4th 156 (2001)
  • Before Closing That Killer Deal: Considerations For Negotiating And Drafting Appropriate And Enforceable Arbitration Provisions, UCLA Entertainment Law Symposium (co-authored with Lawrence Mortorff and Richard Chernick) (March 2011)

University of California, Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, California
J.D. – 1982

University of California, Riverside, California
B.A. magna cum laude – 1979
Political Science and Law and Society 

  • California State Bar Judicial Evaluations Nominations Commission, Member
  • American Healthcare Lawyers Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Associations, Legislative Affairs Committee, Past Chairman
  • Federalist Society, Orange County Republican Lawyers’ Association
  • American Bar Association 
  • Justice Joseph R. Grodin, California Supreme Court, Intern, 1982 – 1983
  • Wyman Bautzer Rothman Kuchel & Silbert, Associate elevated to Partner, 1983 – 1990
  • Jones Day, Of Counsel, 1990 – 1998