David Lira specializes in the areas of products liability, insurance bad faith, general negligence, wrongful death, and commercial litigation on behalf of Plaintiffs. An advocate of trial by jury, Mr. Lira has obtained multi-million dollar outcomes against large corporations, including a $45.5 million verdict against Ford Motor Company for a defective seatbelt; a $30 million settlement against an insurance company for wrongful denial of a claim; and a $35.6 million dollar settlement against a bus manufacturer for failure to provide seatbelts, to name a few.
Mr. Lira is a Member of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Recently, Mr. Lira was one of the attorneys in a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that a seat-belt defect claim under state common law was not preempted by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Williamson v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc. (2011) 131 S.Ct. 1131. The Williamson case was one of the few victories on behalf of consumers before the U.S Supreme Court in recent years.
- Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D. – 1986
- University of California, Los Angeles, California, B.A. – 1983
- California, 1988
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- The College of Master Advocates and Barristers
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Trial Lawyers of Public Justice
- American Association for Justice
- Consumer Attorneys of California
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- Eighth Street Lawyers
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