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David A. Juhnke


David A. Juhnke

Dave Juhnke heads up the Litigation Practice Group and the multidepartmental Real Estate Practice Group. Dave handles business and real estate litigation at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal court. He counsels businesses in employment and personnel matters, and defends them in employment related disputes. Dave joined the firm in September 1986, becoming a principal in the firm on July 1, 1989.

Representative Accomplishments:

* Obtained defense verdicts in a federal court jury trial alleging racial discrimination, and in a state court jury trial alleging gender discrimination
* Obtained a defense verdict in a state court trial seeking unpaid overtime for an exempt employee
* Obtained a plaintiff verdict in a multi-party jury trial invalidating a prescriptive easement over local ranch land
* Obtained a plaintiff verdict in a will contest based on undue influence of a caregiver
* Obtained a state court verdict overturning an administrative decision on property tax valuation for large industrial facility
* Successfully handled numerous appeals in both the state and federal appellate courts


Dave graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1977, with honors in Political Science. He graduated from UCLA Law School in 1980, where he externed with United States District Court Judge Laughlin E. Waters. Prior to joining the firm, Dave was associated with the Los Angeles law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Tunney. Dave has served as a Judge Pro Tem and as a judicial arbitrator by assignment. Dave was a member of the San Luis Obispo County Assessment Appeals Board from 1990-1997, and has chaired the boards of numerous community and civic organizations.

Dave resides in San Luis Obispo and is married to Sharon and has twin sons, Chris and Drew.

Professional Affiliations:

* San Luis Obispo County Assessment Appeals Board, 1990-1997 (Member/Chair)
* San Luis Obispo County Bar Association (Member)
* San Luis Obispo County Bar Association Fee Arbitration Panel (Member)
* Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member)
* California State Bar Fee Arbitration Panel (Member)

Community Contributions:

* 2011 San Luis Obispo Citizen of the Year
* City of San Luis Obispo Task Force, Land Use and Circulation Element Update (Member)
* San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce,(Director/Board Counsel/Chair)
* Steering Committe, San Luis Obispo County Economic Strategy Project (Member)
* San Luis Obispo YMCA Board (Director/Chair)
* Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo County (Director/Chair)
* Governing Board of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center (Director/Chair)
* San Luis Obispo County Air Transportation Alliance (Member/Vice Chair)
* Rabobank Regional President’s Advisory Council (Member)
* Friends of Prado Day Center (Founder/Director)
* San Luis Obispo Literacy Council, (Director/Chair)
* San Luis Obispo Chapter of the American Red Cross, (Director/Chair)
* San Luis Obispo Rotary de Tolosa (President)
* Leadership San Luis Obispo Class IV
* Youth Sports Coach (Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball)

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