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Martindale-Hubbell Rating: A/V
Northern California SuperLawyers: 2008-2019
A.B. History, U.C. Berkeley, 1971
Hastings College Of The Law, Juris Doctorate Degree, 1974
Admitted to the California Bar December 18, 1974     

l979-l983, Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco Sub-Committee On Enforcement of Arbitration Awards

S.F. Bar Association Award Of Merit, 12/17/86                                        

1983-l990, Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco, Committee On Arbitration of Fee Disputes (Exec. Committee:1990-2013)

Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco Committee on Arbitration of Partnership Dissolutions and Attorney Fee Disputes 

Former Member, State Bar Committee on Mandatory Arbitration (Two Terms)

Marin County Bar Association Committees: CLE (Past & Current Chair) & Programs

Court Appointed Arbitrator: Attorney fee dispute:
Wallach v. Baum, S. F. Sup. Ct. No. 958549

BASF Appointed Chief Arbitrator: Attorney fee dispute: Raiders  v. Alioto & Alioto

Expert Witness: Zinicola v. Payne, Sacramento Sup. Ct. No. 02AS02282 (2004)

Expert Witness Declaration: Del Carlo v. First Commercial Bank, S. Clara Sup. Ct. #684298

Expert Witness deposition and declaration: Ford v. Bibel, SF Sup. No. CGC 007-465901 (2010)




April 1, 1985 to Present: Private practice, Law Offices of David M. Zeff. Litigation re: attorney fee disputes, corporate and partnership dissolutions, contracts, unfair competition, trade secrets, antitrust, trademark and copyright infringement, trade regulation, insurance fraud and bad faith, attorney malpractice, real property, plaintiff and defendant personal injury, wrongful termination, wrongful eviction and insurance bad faith litigation.

December 1, 1983 to April 1, 1985: Private Practice, Wallock & Zeff.  Counsel and litigation re: insurance bad faith, personal injury, wrongful termination, class actions, real property, construction and landlord/tenant. Continued practice in the areas of antitrust and trade regulation, unfair competition, trade secrets, servicemarks and trademarks, contracts and commercial litigation.

September 1, 1979 to November 30, 1983: Founding partner, Froneberger, Bonner & ZeffBusiness litigation, antitrust, trade regulation, federal energy law, tort and contract litigation, corporate, personal injury, landlord/tenant and family law. 

June 1978 to August, 1979: Safeway Stores, IncorporatedOne of seven attorneys in the office of the General Counsel. Shared responsibility with Senior Attorney Bernat Rosner (now Retired General Counsel) in advertising and promotional allowances, antitrust compliance, management of the defense and prosecution of antitrust cases, class actions, ICC, FTC, Canadian and state trade regulation hearings and compliance, grand jury matters, mergers and acquisitions.

August, 1975 to June, 1978: Boone, Schatzel, Hamrick & Knudsen:  Associate in a practice of antitrust, patent and commercial litigation. Participated in antitrust and lender liability multi-district litigation as co-counsel with the Alioto firm representing Falstaff Brewing Corporation and Alaska Airlines.

August, 1974 to March, 1976: United States District Court, District of MinnesotaCourt Administrator and Counsel to the Special Master in the Consumer Antibiotic Antitrust Cases. Assisted Judge Miles W. Lord and Special Master David M. Lebedoff in managing the consumer class settlement distribution for California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Kansas. Legal counsel and administrator of the Court's rebate of more than twenty-eight million dollars to nearly 880,000 consumers in the six states.


June 1973 to April 1974: California Office of the Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Graduate Student Assistant.

June 1972 to August 1972: State Bar of California. Legislative researcher and analyst. Assistant on disciplinary proceedings.