David S. Wilgus

Sr. Counsel

Direct Dial (510) 835-6803

dwilgus@burnhambrown.com

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Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 2001)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. in History, with honors and distinction, 1997)

Bar Admissions

  • California

David S. Wilgus

Practice Expertise

  • Extensive experience in multiple areas of civil litigation and trial work, including premises liability, product liability, complex tort, landlord/tenant, wrongful death, mobile home park, trucking/transportation and contract cases throughout California
  • Represents and counsels individuals, small businesses, municipalities and large corporations in all aspects of litigation, including successful mediations, arbitrations and trials
  • Provides pro-active, strategic counsel to a diverse client base in areas of risk management with the goal of avoiding litigation and minimizing exposure

Litigation

  • Defends manufacturers, retailers and distributors of commercial and consumer products in cases involving alleged manufacturing and/or design defects, failure to warn, and breach of warranty claims
  • Defends and counsels property owners and managers against premises liability claims of dangerous conditions, trespass and nuisance claims, mobile home parks and landlord/tenant issues
  • Defends insurance companies against claims of bad faith and unfair business practices (Business & Professions Code section 17200 et. seq.)
  • Defends commercial transportation companies and common carriers in claims ranging from moderate to catastrophic losses
  • Experience defending horse and ranch owners against horse-related injuries
  • Experience in developing strategy and litigating complex and high-exposure cases involving bad faith, landlord/tenant claims and toxic tort
     

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • Alameda County Bar Association

Publications

  • 31 McGeorge Law Review 447, Nonpoint source Pollution and the Semi-Clean Water Enforcement and Pollution Act of 1999
  • 33 McGeorge Law Review 99, The Nature of Nuisance: Judicial Environmental Ethics and Landowner Stewardship in the Age of Ecology