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J. David Bournazian

J. David Bournazian is a partner at the firm's Orange County and Los Angeles offices. He is a member of the complex commercial litigation and disputes practice group.

David is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who handles highly intricate litigation and business negotiations. He has represented national and international clients in both litigation and transactional matters, especially focusing his practice on the retail industry. David’s complex commercial litigation practice is well known internationally and is noted for trial successes in real estate, construction, website, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and retail tenant-landlord litigation matters.

David has experience with a wide variety of retail leasehold issues including, but not limited to, rent abatement, estoppel, breach, renegotiation, damages, and bases for early termination.  David has successfully handled and litigated hundreds of real estate and landlord dispute cases, covering all parts of the country, and for a diverse client base.

David has won numerous summary judgment motions in the retail litigation arena and has always achieved successful outcomes for his clients.

David also has extensive experience negotiating and litigating with preeminent retail landlords. David knows how to nationally handle landlord issues arising in emergency situations in which litigation is threatened or pending, and then ensuring his retail clients obtain successful outcomes. The key is to realize landlord counsel will be aggressive and yet do not wish to over litigate issues. A strong approach, coupled with business savvy and negotiations, can lead to favorable outcomes.

David is a trial litigator and advisor and is often called upon by clients to handle their most difficult and sensitive matters. Bringing a depth of experience in handling highly intricate litigation and business negotiations, David represents national and international clients, including well-known and publicly traded companies, in both litigation and transactional matters. Businesses seek out his assistance in crafting their trial strategies when facing especially difficult litigation in the retail arena.

David has served as the general counsel for Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners, LLP, one of the most renowned architects in the world, and for a highly successful Fortune 50 international retail and accessories company.

David has also served as lead trial counsel in cases involving business, real estate, class action, complex construction, Proposition 65, corporate, coverage, and employment. His complex commercial litigation practice is focused on disputes, with an emphasis on real estate, construction, ADA, as well as landlord-tenant challenges. He has represented a wide variety of construction projects including airports expansions, large retail developments, sports arenas, bridges and highways, university and government buildings, power plants, hospitals, and mixed-use towers. He also has wide-ranging experience in class action litigation and regulatory issues regarding consumer products, involving a variety of state, federal and international environmental, product safety, chemical management, and related regulatory issues.

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  • Finance Management, The White House, Executive Office of the President of the United States, 1989
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