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David Harford is a trial attorney practicing in the Commercial Disputes group at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.  David focuses his practice on the resolution of disputes relating to franchise law. He has litigated cases regarding the termination of franchise and distribution rights; the assertion of franchise rights; the relations between franchisors and franchisees; and the representations made in connection with the purchase and sale of franchise, trademark and distribution rights.

David has also represented a wide variety of other commercial institutions such as lenders, new and internet media companies, financial institutions, and logistics and distribution companies.  David continues to be a lead lawyer at the firm with the prosecution and defense of complex business disputes; and the defense of consumer and personal injury claims brought by individual and class action plaintiffs.

David is an aggressive practitioner with extensive experience litigating pre-judgment remedies such as attachment, receivership, and injunctions.  David brings his experience to all phases of litigation. David has tried a lengthy arbitration, multiple jury trials to verdict for the City of Anaheim, and handled numerous appeals.

David is certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law and is also an articles editor for the Franchise Law Journal.


Civic Involvement & Honors

    • David served as a volunteer trial attorney for the Anaheim City Prosecutor’s Office for the month of October 2016 through the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Traditional Trial Advocacy Program.
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Representative Experience

  • Obtained order vacating JAMS arbitration award because JAMS failed to disclose that the arbitrator was a JAMS shareholder who shared in the profits of 97 other arbitrations in which adversary was a party in Monster Energy Corp. v. City Beverages, LLC, 940 F.3d 1130 (9th Cir. October 22, 2019).
  • Key lawyer on a team that won defensive summary judgment and a sizeable cost award for a major financial institution in a 50 plaintiff construction defect/fraud class action suit.
  • Obtained dismissal on forum non conveniens for franchisee client in Carl’s Jr. Restauarants LLC v. 6 Points Food Services, Ltd., et al., No. CV-15-9827-GHK, 2016 WL 3671116 (C.D. Cal. July 7, 2016).
  • Obtained a pre-judgment temporary protective order against all the assets of a large film distribution company, resulting in immediate payment in full for individual client. 
  • Obtained a pre-judgment order for receivership over operating company in TCJ v. Trimed Medical Wholesalers, et al., 217CV04656PSGJEM,  2017 WL 10543659 (C.D. Cal. Sept. 19, 2017).
  • Won dozens of victories on demurrers and motions to dismiss in favor of major home lending clients in state and federal courts in Southern California.


Co-Authored post on Tony Mark’s Blog, The Scouts Teach Us All a Lesson About Trademark Law,

Stradivarius Reconsidered: Drafting the Perfect Franchise Arbitration Instrument (Franchise Law Journal Vol. 40, No. 1)