David has a wide breadth of experience in business, administration and transactional matters. David joined the Brereton Law Office in 2015 and has prevailed in cases involving contracts, property disputes, personnel matters, and administrative hearings, including negotiated settlements. David also handles wage and hour matters, and drafts employment-related polices and agreements, such as employee handbooks, employment agreements and severance agreements. In addition, David also conducts internal workplace investigations, advises clients on employment disputes and handles general civil litigation matters. David is a certified workplace investigator with the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI).
Prior to joining the Brereton Law Office, David was responsible for employee and labor relations for a Bay Area public agency with over 1,500 employees. In this capacity, David obtained valuable practice experience of the daily management and business operations of a complex organization and associated personnel matters. This hands on experience informs David as he counsels local employers about their human resource practices, personnel matters, and state and federal updates.
David is highly personable, conscientious and a strong advocate for his clients. David is deeply committed to providing his clients with exemplary service and representation.
David received his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, David earned a MBA from the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business. David also possess a BA in Political Science from San Jose State University.
David is a native of Northern California and is committed to Santa Cruz and the greater Monterey Bay Area. David is the former mayor of the City of Santa Cruz and has served on a variety of local boards and commissions. He also served two terms as a member of the Santa Cruz City Council.
David has been a member of the California State Bar since 2008. He is a member of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in all courts of the state of California.