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David M. Zeff

David M. Zeff has been practicing law in San Francisco, Marin and other California Counties since graduating from Hastings College of the Law in 1974.

Mr. Zeff graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971, with an AB degree in history, with emphasis on Chinese history.  He then attended Hastings, and while there served as the teaching assistant for Guy Kornblum and Joseph Rodgers in their pioneering Trial Evidence Seminar.  While at Hastings, Mr. Zeff also served as a Graduate Student Assistant at the State Bar of California, on both disciplinary and legislative matters, and then at the California State Attorney General’s Office on large antitrust cases. 

Upon graduation from Hastings, Mr. Zeff served as Court Administrator and Assistant Special Master in the Antibiotics Antitrust Litigation for the Hon. Miles Lord in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota.  Mr. Zeff was thereafter employed in a private antitrust practice and as in-house counsel at Safeway Stores, Inc., in the fields of antitrust and trade regulation.  Mr. Zeff started his current law practice in 1985, continuing to work in the fields of complex civil litigation including litigation involving unfair competition, commercial disputes and collections, and litigation of intellectual property, real property and personal injury matters.  He has deep experience in the litigation and resolution of legal malpractice cases and attorney-client and attorney-attorney legal fee disputes.

Mr. Zeff served for 8 years as the Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Committee on Arbitration of Fee Disputes and he has held other positions on Committees of the State Bar of California, BASF and the Marin County Bar.  He was given the BASF Award of Merit in 1986.  Mr. Zeff has been appointed by the San Francisco Superior Court and BASF to arbitrate high profile attorney-fee disputes and has testified as an expert witness in legal fee disputes and legal malpractice cases.   He has been A/V rated by Martindale for more than 25 years and a Northern California “Super Lawyer” for more than eight years.

Mr. Zeff lives with his family in Marin County.  He enjoys running, biking, gardening, sailing, and supporting environmental protection and preservation.  He is a founding Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association. He and his wife participate in and contribute to MALT, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which preserves open space, wildlife habitat and the agricultural industry in Marin County.