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David M. Medby
David M. Medby has specialized in civil trial practice, with an emphasis in elder and dependent adult abuse advocacy, consumer class actions, and labor and employment law, since graduating from law school and passing the California Bar in December 2003. Medby was also involved in elder and dependent adult advocacy prior to being admitted to the bar as a law clerk for the Law Offices of Stephen M. Garcia (now Garcia & Artigliere).
Medby was named as a Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He is a California native who was born in Torrance in 1978.
ELDER & DEPENDENT ADULT ABUSE LITIGATION
Medby has been involved in the successful litigation of in excess of 100 elder and dependent adult abuse cases. Some of these matters included serving as counsel in Sandoval v. Summit Care Corporation, in which the plaintiff received a compensatory award of $2.4 million with a finding allowing the plaintiff to proceed to seek punitive damages. The matter was settled for a confidential amount prior to the opening statements for the punitive damage phase. Additional matters include Radle v. Confidential, leading to a $3.15 million settlement; Castellanos vs. Confidential, which resolved for $2.2 million in trial; McCarron v. Confidential, which resolved for $750,000; Mass v. Confidential, which resolved for $900,000; Reiton v. Confidential, which resolved for $850,000; and many others.
CONSUMER CLASS ACTIONS
Medby’s extensive consumer class action experience includes presenting a winning oral argument before the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District in Boone v. S&F Management (No. G040426), and serving as lead counsel in consumer class actions including:
- Burnham v. Kendal Floral Supply, LLC. No. 08-cv-07461 (C.D. Cal. filed November 12, 2008) (represented retail floral kiosk merchandisers who had been misclassified as independent contractors by a major floral distribution company, resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement and an average damage award of approximately $4,500 per class member);
- Benkle v. Longwood Management (Los Angeles Sup. Ct. No. BC348147) (consumer class action brought against a nursing home chain for misrepresenting the standard and quality of services offered, resulting in a multi-million-dollar settlement for the class and the placement of an independent auditor empowered to randomly inspect the defendant facilities to ensure compliance with applicable staffing and safety regulations);
- Williamson v. Ensign Corporation (Los Angeles Sup. Ct. No. BC352116) (consumer class action against major nursing home chain for violations of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement); and
- Smietana v. Pleasant Care Corporation (Los Angeles Sup. Ct. No. BC315693) (consumer class action affecting the lives of over 20,000 elder and infirm California residents).
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, Juris Doctorate, 2003
- University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor’s degree, 2000
- California, 2003
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Los Angeles County Bar Association