David E. Hackett



As a law clerk in both the trial and appellate courts, David Hackett learned that presenting clear, focused, and thoughtful briefing is often the critical first step to winning any appeal or motion.

Since joining GMSR, David has put that knowledge to use in a variety of substantive areas. He has briefed numerous appeals, writ petitions, and post-trial motions on topics including agency and partnership, civil procedure, constitutional law, employment, environmental law, probate, real estate, and tax. He has also prepared coverage opinions for the firm’s insurer clients.

David received his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class. He then served as a law clerk to Judge Gary A. Feess of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Between clerkships, he was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins.

David received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, and he is still a dedicated Bruins fan. One of his prized possessions is an autographed copy of Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.

High Impact Wins


Novak v. Fay (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 329

Made New Law

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Speaking and Involvement

The Write Stuff: How to Win Your Case With a Compelling Style, MCLE Presentation at the Los Angeles Law Library
Reptiles, Picassos and Stealth Bombers: Tips for Combatting Plaintiffs’ “Reptile” Theory and Other Aggressive Efforts to Inflate Non-Economic Tort Damages, ACIC’s 27th Annual General Counsel Seminar in Las Vegas
“Secret Agents”: The Coverage You Didn’t Think You’d Be Providing, ACIC’s 26th Annual General Counsel Seminar

Professional Associations

New Leadership Council of the Family Violence Appellate Project
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Los Angeles County Bar Association