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David S. Ettinger
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David S. Ettinger

David Ettinger joined the firm in 1982 and was a partner for almost 30 years until he became “Of Counsel” in 2018. 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.

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 each year since 2011.

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  • Thirty Years After a Hundred-Year Flood: CCHS Presents Judicial Elections Program at State Bar Annual Meeting (Fall/Winter 2016) California Supreme Court Historical Society Newsletter
  • Recent Caselaw Affecting the Disentitlement Doctrine and Civil Appeals (April 2016) Los Angeles Lawyer, pp. 10-12
  • Pending Decision May Influence Measure of Medical Damages (Nov. 2010) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 28, No. 2, p. 1
  • The Fate of The Collateral Source Rule (Oct. 18, 2010) Daily J., p. 5
  • A Leader in the Fight Against School Segregation (July 8, 2010) Daily J., p. 6
  • Tort Reform Damage Caps in California, and Beyond (Apr. 2009) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 28, No. 7, p. 5
  • The Constitutionality of Tort Reform Damage Caps (Mar. 2009) Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Vol. 27, No. 6, p. 1
  • New Year, New Rules (Dec. 28, 2007) L.A. Daily J.
  • The Quest to Desegregate Los Angeles Schools (March 2003) 26 Los Angeles Lawyer 54
  • The Alliance for Children's Rights vs. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (2002) 1 Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy 62
  • New Batch; First Group of Revised Rules Took Effect Jan. 1 (Jan. 30, 2002) Los Angeles Daily Journal, p. 7
  • Guarding Hospital Committee Members' Identities (March 1993) Med. Malpractice Law & Strategy 3
  • Are Applications for Staff Privileges Discoverable? (Oct. 1992) Med. Malpractice Law & Strategy 1
  • Discovery Immunities for Hospital Staff Review Committees: Is There Protection for Information Submitted to, as Well as Documents Prepared by, the Committees? (Fall 1992) Prof. Officers' and Directors' Liability Law Newsl. 17
  • The History of School Desegregation in the Ninth Circuit (1979) 12 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 481