Dana J. Dunwoody: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Dana J. Dunwoody


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Institutions Litigation
  • General Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Energy
  • Fashion, Apparel and Beauty
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
University University of California, San Diego, B.A., 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1985 Associate Editor for the Industrial Relations Law Journal
Admitted1985, California


•Former Chair, Executive Committee of the then 12,000 member Litigation Section of the California State Bar.

•Editor-In-Chief, Litigation Section's newsletter, 1990-1994.

•Board member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) of San Diego.

•Trial Master, American Inns of Court.

•Super Lawyer, Top Attorneys and Best Lawyers in America - peer review honors granted to only the very top of each legal specialty.


Mr. Dunwoody is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group and the former Administrative Partner in the firm's San Diego office.

Areas of Practice

Since 1985, Mr. Dunwoody's practice has focused on seven areas of complex litigation, arbitration and trial work: (1) disputes involving the hospitality industry; (2) disputes involving the financial services industry; (3) disputes involving the retail industry; (4) a wide variety of class action defense including privacy, unfair business practices, false advertising, securities, and independent contractor misclassification; (5) contract litigation primarily in the context of business or real estate disputes; (6) real property litigation, including CEQA and land use in addition to traditional disputes concerning development agreements, partition, and purchase and sale issues; and (7) intra-corporate and partnership disputes in a wide variety of businesses including energy producers, real property developers, financial service providers, and hoteliers.

Respecting his hospitality practice, Mr. Dunwoody has developed significant expertise in disputes concerning hotels, resorts, and golf courses, and he has represented international management companies, hotel owners and funding sources. Mr. Dunwoody is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC).

Mr. Dunwoody co-chairs the firm's Hospitality Practice Group and has chaired the firm's Class Action Retail Team.


•Recognized by SD Metro as one of San Diego's Best Attorneys, 2014

•Best Lawyers in America (in multiple categories, including real estate litigation, banking and finance litigation, and land use and zoning litigation), Best Lawyers, 2011-2014

•Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2007-2014

•San Diego County Top Attorneys, San Diego Daily Transcript


Judicial Extern for the Honorable Laughlin E. Waters of the United States District Court for the Central District of California


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Office Information

Dana J. Dunwoody

12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200 (Del Mar Heights)
San DiegoCA 92130


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