David L. Baron

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David Baron has an extensive civil litigation background. An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Baron received the largest employment related verdict ever issued in the State of California; and during 1998, the $62.5 million verdict ranked as one of the top ten in the United States. Mr. Baron has extensive business litigation experience including a wide array of issues, represents newspapers, and has extensive experience in the gaming industry, especially those involving Indian casinos.

Mr. Baron also has a substantial banking practice. Mr. Baron has handled a myriad of litigation matters for Gateway Western Bank, Hemet Federal, Security Pacific National Bank and others. In this representative capacity, Mr. Baron has handled disputes on loans and loan agreements, defended against lender liability allegations, extensive litigation on construction loans and supervision and disbursement agreements, as well as a myriad of collection and writ of attachment issues. Mr. Baron also has extensive experience relating to forgery issues both for and against banks. Mr. Baron has also defended and prosecuted various labor claims including wrongful termination, discrimination and wage and hour issues.

Dave is a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and is a board member of the JFK Foundation. Dave was formerly a trustee of the Desert Bar Association, former chairman of the Economic Development Commission in Palm Springs and a former board member to CASA, which is the Court Appointed Special Advocates program for children. David is also a columnist for the Desert Sun and his column “The Way I See It” appears monthly in the Desert Magazine. Dave is a local boy who attended Cahuilla School in Palm Springs, Nellie Kaufmann Junior High and is a graduate of Palm Springs High School. He’s a fun guy!

Born Chicago, Illinois, June 15, 1955; admitted to bar, 1982, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Southern District of California and Central District of California. Education: University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1977); Hastings College of the Law, University of California (J.D., 1982). Judge Pro Tempore, Riverside County Municipal Court, 1986-1991. Chairman, Palm Springs Economic Development Commission, 1988-1991. Member, Riverside County Superior Court Arbitration Panel, 1988 — . Member: Desert Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1997-1999); Fee Arbitration Panel, 1989-2000; Founders Board, American Inns of Court, Warren E. Slaughter Chapter; and American Bar Association; State Bar of California; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Concentration: Employment Law; Business Law; Construction Defect Litigation; Homeowner Association Law; Business Torts; Commercial Litigation; Real Estate and Public Law Litigation; Land Use; Zoning and Governmental Affairs.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Employment Law
  • Business Law
  • Construction Defects
  • Litigation
  • Business Torts
  • Commercial
  • Real Estate
  • Public Law
  • Land Use
  • Zoning Law
  • Government Affairs

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
760-469-4992  Phone
760.322.2275  Phone
760.322.2107  Fax
University Attended:
University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1977
Law School Attended:
Hastings College of the Law, University of California, J.D., 1982
Year of First Admission:
1982, California State Bar; 1982, U. District Court, Central District of California; 1982, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1982, U. S. District Court, Southern District of California
California State Bar Association; Desert Bar Association (Member: Board of Directors, 1997—; Fee Arbitration Panel, 1989); American Bar Association; and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Special Agencies:
Judge Pro Tempore, Riverside County Municipal Court. Chairman, Palm Springs Economic Development Committee. Member, Riverside County Superior Court Arbitration Panel.
Birth Information:
Chicago, Illinois, June 15, 1955
Reported Cases:
Case Name: Cynthia Dawson-Austin v. Starkey Laboratories. Outcome: Verdict for plaintiff for $62 million.

Peer Reviews

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