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David L. Fiol

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David L. Fiol received his BA in Government from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in 1984 and graduated from the Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA) with his JD in 1988. He spent the first ten years of his career litigating aviation accident and other wrongful death and personal injury cases for a firm in New York City. He represented clients and family members injured by everything from automobile accidents to small private plane crashes to major disasters including the bombing and crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. During his tenure there he also litigated, insurance coverage, real estate and stolen property disputes and other matters.

In 1999 Fiol relocated to San Francisco and worked with a preeminent class action firm on consumer class actions, as well as continuing his work on aviation and personal injury cases. He also spent two years specializing in appellate briefs and arguments for a large personal injury firm in Marin County. He has appeared and argued cases before trial and appellate courts all around the country. He is admitted to practice before the courts of California, the United States Supreme Court and numerous lower federal courts including, of course, the federal Court of Appeals and District Courts in California.

Recently, Fiol received the highest possible rating (AV – 5 out of 5) from his peers through Martindale-Hubbell’s peer rating system. He also receives a 10 out of 10 from Avvo’s attorney rankings.

Mr. Fiol brings the highest level of legal ability and experience to clients with wrongful death, personal injury and other claims.

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1989
  • California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

Education

  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988
    J.D.
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1984
    B.A.
    Major: Government

Published Works

  • Labor Law Section 240 in the Court of Claims, INCL Journal of the New York State Bar, June, 1990

Representative Cases

  • Dizon v. Superior Court of Marin County, 2012 WL 1758987 (Cal. 1st Dist. 2012)
  • Johnson v. Avient, Ltd., 2011 WL 2847419 (D.Minn. 2011)
  • Javier v. Philippine Airlines, Inc., 2010 WL 1689861 (N.D.Cal. 2010)
  • Zhang Guimei v. General Elec. Co., 2009 WL 475785 (Cal. App. 2009)
  • In re Air Crash Near Peixoto De Azeveda, Brazil, on September 29, 2006, 574 F.Supp.2d 272 (E.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • In re West Caribbean Airways, S.A., 619 F.Supp.2d 1299 (S.D.Fla. 2007)
  • In re Air Crash at Lexington, KY, August 27, 2006, 501 F.Supp.2d 902 (E.D. Ky. 2007)
  • In re West Caribbean Airways, S.A., 2007 WL 5559325 (S.D. Fla. 2007)
  • Blazevska v. Raytheon Aircraft Co., 2006 WL 1310455 (N.D. Cal. 2006)
  • Durham v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 445 F.3d 1247 (9 th Cir. 2006)
  • Grahn v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 2006 WL 3262555 (Cal. App. 2006)
  • Goodwin v. Metalclad Insulation Corp., 2006 WL 772009 (Cal. App. 2006)
  • Rodgers v. Sargent Controls & Aerospace, 136 Cal. App.4th 82 (Cal. App. 2006)
  • Johnson v. Cahill Contractors, Inc., 2005 WL 941440 (Cal. App. 2005)
  • Wells v. Rockwell Automation, Inc., 2005 WL 388724 (Cal. App. 2005)
  • Hartford v. Atlas Turner, Inc., 2005 WL 1422336 (N.D. Cal. 2005)
  • John v. Union Carbide Corp., 2004 WL 2137678 (Cal. App. 2004)
  • Grahn v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 2004 WL 2075571 (Cal. App. 2004)
  • Frieman v. San Rafael Rock Quarry, Inc., 116 Cal. App.4th 29 (Cal. App. 2004)
  • Baker v. Asbestos Defendants (BP), Textron, Inc., 2004 WL 2196814 (N.D. Cal. 2004)
  • Pooshs v. Altria Group, Inc., 331 F.Supp.2d 1089 (N.D. Cal. 2004)
  • Durham v. Lockheed Martin Corp., 2003 WL 25739368 (N.D. Cal. 2003)
  • Mitchell v. Asbestos Defendants, 2003 WL 22309452 (N.D. Cal. 2003)
  • Anesthesia Care Associates Medical Group, Inc. v. Blue Cross of California, 2002 WL 484662 (Cal. Superior 2002)
  • Washington Mutual Bank v. Superior Court, 95 Cal. App. 4th 606 (Cal. App. 2002)
  • Rein v. Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, 162 F.3d 748 (2d Cir. 1998)
  • Rennie v. Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., 165 F.3d 19 (4th Cir. 1998)
  • Lam v. Aeroflot Russian Intern. Airlines, 999 F. Supp. 728 (S.D.N.Y. 1998)
  • Goldsmith v. Learjet, Inc., 1997 WL 86328 (D. Kan. 1997)
  • Zavaglia v. Gardner, 666 N.Y.S.2d 671 (N.Y.A.D. 1997)
  • Balsam v. Delma Engineering Corp., 90 N.Y.2d 966 (N.Y. 1997)
  • Goldsmith v. Learjet, Inc., 260 Kan. 176, 917 P.2d 810 (Kan. 1996)
  • Alter v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., 944 F.Supp. 531 (S.D. Tex. 1996)
  • Goldsmith v. Learjet, Inc., 90 F.3d 1490 (10th Cir. 1996)
  • Raab v. Laboz, 641 N.Y.S.2d 400 (N.Y.A.D. 1996)
  • Harrell v. Champlain Enterprises Inc., 634 N.Y.S.2d 880 (N.Y.A.D. 1995)
  • Whitener v. Firwood Inv. Co., 1995 WL 544772 (Oh. App. 1995)
  • Harrell v. Champlain Enterprises Inc., 613 N.Y.S.2d 1002 (N.Y.A.D. 1994)
  • Automobile Ins. Co. of Hartford v. Klein, 613 N.Y.S.2d 663 (N.Y.A.D. 1994)
  • Shaffer v. Maier, 68 Ohio St.3d 416, 627 N.E.2d 986 (Ohio 1994)
  • In re Air Disaster at Lockerbie Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988, 37 F.3d 804 (2d Cir. 1994)
  • In re Air Crash Disaster at Lockerbie Scotland on December 21, 1988, 1994 WL 25773 (2d Cir. 1994)
  • Charash v. Oberlin College, 14 F.3d 291 (6th Cir. 1994)
  • U.S. ex rel. Kreindler & Kreindler v. United Technologies Corp., 985 F.2d 1148 (2d Cir. 1993)
  • Sulewski v. Federal Exp. Corp., 933 F.2d 180 (2d Cir. 1991)

Personal

Mr. Fiol lives in Marin County with his wife and daughter. They enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and gardening.

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