David A. Abella

Associate

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
San Francisco

David's practice is focused on litigation and counseling related to employment and labor law. He represents employers in state and federal court against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage-and-hour compliance. He also provides preventative advice to employers in all areas of state and federal employment law. The clients David works with range from small start-up companies to Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, he also works for public employers and non-profit organizations.

David is very active in the legal community. He serves as a Director for the young lawyers division (Barristers Club) of the Bar Association of San Francisco. He was the 2012 Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco Judges Reception, and Co-Chair of the Barristers Diversity Committee. He is also a member of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Charles Houston Bar Association, and Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

David also commits significant time towards public service. He currently serves as a Commissioner for the Contra Costa County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission, and has more than a decade of experience working with at-risk youth in the system.

Presentations

Latino Leadership Banquet Keynote Speaker, Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity, Inc., San Jose, CA (April 2014)

Destination Law School Panel, UC Berkeley (April 2014)

Undergraduate Student Leadership Development Workshop, San Francisco State University (March 2014)

"Navigating Firm Culture as a Minority," panelist, Berkeley Men of Color Alliance Annual Discussion (February 2014)

"Employment Law Basics," Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Legal Services for Entrepreneurs Clients (May 2013)

"Create the Career You Want: Developing an Elevator Pitch," Bar Association of San Francisco (June 2012)

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Honors

Lawyers of Color's Inaugural Hot List, Honoree (2013)

Keta Taylor Colby Award, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (2013)

New Leaders Council, Leadership Institute Fellow, San Francisco Chapter (2011)

San Francisco Bay Area Minority Scholarship, Bar Association of San Francisco (2007)

Education for Leadership in Public Service Program, Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute (2004)

Community Involvement

Contra Costa County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission, Chairman (2013); Commissioner, (2012-2013) 

Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers Club: Board Officer (2013); Board Member (2012) 

Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers Club, Chairman, Judges Reception (2012)

Professional Affiliations

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

San Francisco Bar Association

Filipino Bar Association of Northern California

San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

Academic Distinction

Class President, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Class of 2010

Editor-In-Chief, Berkeley La Raza Law Journal (2008-2010)

Student Body President, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2008-2009)

Filipino American Law Society, Member

Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Student Advisory Committee

Student Body President, San Francisco State University (2004-2005)

Education

J.D., University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (2010)

B.A., summa cum laude, San Francisco State University (2005)

Admissions And Courts

California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

San Francisco

415-995-5158 Direct Phone
415-995-3403 Fax

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