David Alexander

David L. Alexander


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Public Agency
Public Agency
San Francisco

David represents and advises clients in both the public and the private sector in complex transactions. He focuses on financing, contractual issues, and facilitation of public/private partnerships. His expertise is the culmination of notable litigation resolution and high-stakes negotiation.

David's unique perspective on law and business comes from decades of successful experience representing developers, project owners, public entities, financial institutions, and consultants in transportation and infrastructure transactions.

David served as chief legal officer for the Port of Oakland for more than 15 years. David provided expert advice to the Board, its officers, and employees regarding a wide range of legal matters. He advised the Port regarding all contracts, litigation, administrative proceedings, and environmental matters that impacted the nation's 5th largest seaport and one of the busiest airports in the U.S.

David's specialized expertise is in the design of creative solutions to resolve crises and high-profile disputes, particularly in the areas of finance and insurance. His focus is on providing thoughtful and effective solutions to business and legal issues that enable his clients to achieve their strategic goals and to flourish in their industry.

Representative Work

Resolved 30-year litigation between Port and Alameda in only 15 months, enabling terminal expansion which generated $15M in annual revenue.

Obtained complete defense verdict against multi-national terminal operator in "bet-the-Port" litigation with $150M+ damage exposure.

Led team which transferred Oakland Naval Base to the Port in only one year, doubling the Port's size and generating $68M in annual revenue.

Broke stalemate in 48 hours between Chinese government crane manufacturer and local labor avoiding $150K per day delay costs.

Defended Jack London Square EIR, enabling $200M development to proceed.

Drafted and negotiated a widely-imitated labor stabilization agreement which streamlined construction and prevented work stoppage which saved $1M+ per year.


"Project Labor Agreement," Airport Council International (1998)

"Construction Law," co-author, Practising Law Institute (1975)

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"Public Agency GC Panel: Pathways to Public Sector Leadership," moderator, Strengthening Public & Private Sector Partnerships Program (March 2014)

"Current Legal and Liability Issues for Ports and You," American Association of Port Authorities (June 2010)

"Future Planning Offices," U.S. General Services Administration (April 2010)

"Current Legal & Liability Issues for Ports and Governing Boards," Port Admininstration and Legal Issues Seminar (April 2009)

"Joint Law Review and Insurance," Port Property Management Seminar (June 2008)

'The Proposed Port of Oakland Outer Harbor Terminal Concession," Executive Management Conference (May 2008)

"Port Legal Issues," Commissioners Seminar (April 2008)

"Port of Oakland: Working for You to Make a Difference," Airport Area Business Association (January 2008)

"Special Seminar for Members of Port Authority Governing Boards & Commissions," Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar (July 2005)

"At the Eye of the Storm: American Port Authorities and Independent Truckers," Commissioners Seminar (May 2005)

"Mega Project," Construction Superconference (2000)

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Community Involvement

Youth Education Through Law, Board Member

NAACP, Life Member

Broussard Foundation, Board Member

East Bay Tumor Society, Past Board Member

Oakland Museum, Past Board Member

Boalt Hall Alumni Association, Past Board Member 

Highland Foundation (Highland Hospital Board), Past Board Member

Center for Urban Family Life, Past Board Member

Planning Commission, City of Berkeley, Past Member

City of Oakland, Citizens Budget Advisory Commission, Past Commission Chair

Legal Services for Seniors, Past Board Member

One Pacific Coast Bank, Advisory Committee, Past Member

The One Hundred Club

EdFund West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, Board Member

Professional Affiliations

Transportation Lawyers Association, Member

California State Bar Association, Public Law and Business Law Sections

Alameda County Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Association of Port Authorities, Law Review Committee

National Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Charles Houston Bar Association

Transportation Lawyers Association


J.D., University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (1973)

B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1970)

Admissions And Courts


San Francisco

415-995-5015 Direct Phone
415-995-3533 Fax

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