David S. Ettinger
David Ettinger is a partner at the firm, which he joined in 1982. At Horvitz & Levy, he has briefed and argued dozens of appeals, including more than a dozen arguments before the California Supreme Court. In addition, he has been published in a variety of legal publications, including several articles on the discoverability of hospital peer review committees. He is a past president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
Mr. Ettinger served two terms on the Appellate Advisory Committee for the Judicial Council of California, to which he was appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George. Also, at the invitation of Justice Joyce Kennard, he was a member of the Appellate Rules Revision Project Task Force, which spearheaded the first comprehensive revision of the California Rules of Court on appeals in almost 60 years. Since 2008, Mr. Ettinger has been named a “Best Lawyer” by The Best Lawyers in America. He is also “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell. He was listed as a Southern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In 2012, the Los Angeles County Bar Association presented Mr. Ettinger with its Pamela E. Dunn Appellate Justice Award, which honors an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to achieving appellate justice for individuals, groups, or causes, including for those with limited access to the legal system. In 2010, the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law gave him its Harriett Buhai Community Service Award. Many years earlier, the Center gave Mr. Ettinger and Horvitz & Levy the Hall of Fame award. California Lawyer magazine presented him with one of its 2007 Angel Awards for his pro bono work.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ettinger was Research Attorney to Presiding Justice Margaret J. Morris, California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two.
Mr. Ettinger received his Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College and his Juris Doctor cum laude from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. While at Loyola, he served as a staff member of Loyola Law Review and was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society.