David Rice specializes in handling civil appeals and writ petitions. He is admitted to practice in every California court as well as the US Supreme Court and most of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. He has also participated in matters before appellate courts of many other states. David coordinates appellate litigation for a major foreign motor vehicle manufacturer throughout the US in products liability and class action matters.

    In addition to handling matters in the appellate courts, David is also regularly involved in trial strategy and major trial court briefing on behalf of defendants in class actions and other complex litigation matters. His role is to assist in obtaining advantageous rulings in the trial court and to position the case for possible appeal however the trial court proceedings are ultimately resolved. On behalf of foreign clients, he specializes in service and other jurisdictional challenges, as well as advising on discovery and other cross-border issues.

    David is a member of the American Bar Association and Bar Association of San Francisco. He has also been an adjunct member of faculty at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, teaching courses in legal writing and research and moot court.

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    Education

    • University of Virginia, J.D., Order of the Coif
    • Duke University, M.A.
    • Colby College, B.A., summa cum laude

    Admissions

    • California

    Courts

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Ct. of App., First Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Tenth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of California

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    • Presenter, “Overcoming the Product Liability Defense Challenges Associated with Vehicle Driver Assist Technologies, Sensor Technologies and Active Safety Systems; and Anticipating the Future of Product Liability Claims Involving Autonomous Cars,” American Conference Institute’s Eighth Annual Summit on Defending and Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, June 3, 2015.
    • Presenter, “Updates on the Preemption Defense and International Personal Jurisdiction and Their Impact on Auto Products Liability Cases,” American Conference Institute’s Seventh Annual Summit on Defending and Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, June 5, 2014.
    • Presenter, "Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Products Liability Law, Appellate Review," ABA Conferences, Phoenix, AZ, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013.
    • Presenter, "Priester, McIntyre and Beyond: Updates on the Preemption Defense and International Personal Jurisdiction in Auto Products Liability Cases,” American Conference Institute’s Sixth Annual Summit on Defending and Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, June 6, 2013.
    • Presenter, "The Re-Shaped Landscape of the Preemption Defense, Personal Jurisdiction, and the Stream-of-Commerce Theory for Manufacturers," American Conference Institute’s Fifth Annual Advanced Summit on Defending and Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, June 26, 2012.
    • Presenter, "Runaway Awards: Minimizing the Risk of Punitive Damages Exposure," American Conference Institute's Fourth Annual Advanced Forum on Defending and Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, June 22, 2011.
    • Presenter, "Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Products Liability Law: What to Do When the Regulators Come Calling," 2011 ABA Conference, Phoenix, AZ, March 31, 2011.
    • Presenter, "Tackling the Preemption Issue: Examining the Current Viability of the Defense in Auto Product Liability Cases," American Conference Institute's Third Annual Advanced Forum on Defending and Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, September 22, 2010.

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