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David N. Bigelow

David N. Bigelow

Los Angeles, California

David N. Bigelow specializes in the areas of personal injury, business torts and product liability litigation against many of America's largest corporations, including General Motors, Sempra Energy, Wyeth, Pfizer, Merck, BMW, Coldwell Banker, Bayer, Blue Cross and Michelin. In 2004, he was co-lead trial counsel in the only case tried in California concerning the diabetes drug Rezulin. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Bigelow oversaw the firm's mass tort litigation against the manufacturers of the pharmaceuticals Baycol, Rezulin, Fen-Phen and Vioxx. He has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts in both product liability and personal injury cases, including two recent verdicts for childhood sexual abuse by agents of the Masonic Home for Children in California. The latest verdict included the first punitive damage award in Los Angeles County under California's recent statute reviving childhood sexual abuse claims.


Verdict, $1.3 million – Premises liability

Adams v. Costco, San Luis Obispo

Settlement, $1.4 million – Negligence/premises liability

Kohler v. Santa Barbara YMCA SBN 214316

Verdict, $2.4 million – Wrongful death/negligence/product liability

Montgomery v. BMW OCSC Case 771190

Verdict, $3.5 million – Negligent hiring and supervision/childhood sexual abuse

Deutsch/Mohr-McDermott v. Masonic Home for Children in Covina LASC Case BC 306444

Verdict, $12.5 million - Negligent hiring and supervision/childhood sexual abuse

Jones v. Masonic Home for Children in Covina LASC Case BC 306444

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Business Torts
  • Product Liability Litigation


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1995
    • Honors: Winner, California State Bar Roger Traynor Competition - 1995
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers - 1995
  • Whittier College
    • B.A. - 1976

Published Works

  • Tackling Big Pharma: Prosecuting the Pharmaceutical Liability Case, The Advocate Magazine, March, 2006
  • Roitz v. Coldwell Banker, 62 Cal.App.4th 716, 1998
  • Winfred D. v. Michelin, 165 Cal.App.4th 1011

Honors and Awards

  • The Recorder, California Million Dollar Verdicts, 2011 - Present
  • Los Angeles Magazine, Southern California Super Lawyer, 2009 - 2011
  • Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorney of the Year, 2008
  • California Lawyer Magazine, Attorney of the Year, Litigation, 2008
  • Lawdragon Magazine, The Lawdragon 3000: Leading Lawyers in America, 2007
  • Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorney of the Year, 2007
  • Nominee, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2007
  • "AV" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (martindale.com's Highest Rating)
  • AVVO Attorney Rating of 9.2, Superb

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Commission on Access to Justice, Member, 2008
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors, 2006 - 2010
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Culver-Marina Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Public Justice
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2014 - Present
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