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


Kanno v. Marwit Capital Partners II, L.P. (2017) 18 Cal.App.5th 987

Court comprehensively analyzes the governing principles and application of the parol evidence rule under both California and Delaware law

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

Court establishes procedure for enforcing attorney liens against decedents’ estates

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Speaking and Involvement

The Write Stuff: How To Win Your Case With A Compelling Style And The Tools Of Rhetoric, December 12, 2018, ProLawCLE
Stop Controlling Me! Recent Legal Developments In Employee/Independent Contractor Classification In The Gig Economy, 29th Annual PCI Western Region General Counsel Seminar
Experts: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them, 28th Annual ACIC General Counsel Seminar
Reptiles, Picassos, And Stealth Bombers: Tips For Combating Aggressive Efforts To Inflate Non-Economic Tort Damages, 27th Annual ACIC General Counsel Seminar
Secret Agents: The Coverage You Didn’t Think You’d Be Providing, ACIC’s 26th Annual General Counsel Seminar

Professional Associations

Family Violence Appellate Project, New Leadership Council
Board Member, Beverly Hills Bar Foundation (2017-2018)
Beverly Hills Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Section
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)