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About David W. Graves

David W. Graves

Managing Partner
Location: Escondido, California

Phone: (760) 705-4713
Fax: (760) 741-7624


David W. Graves is a partner in the law firm of Laturno & Graves, and he heads the firm's litigation department. A San Diego native, Mr. Graves attended Humboldt State University, where he graduated with honors and then returned to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating magna cum laude.

While in law school, Mr. Graves served a prestigious judicial internship with the Honorable David Thompson, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

David W. Graves

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Graves was recruited by major law firms throughout the United States and accepted a position with Goldbeck & Associates, a local firm specializing in insurance coverage, construction defect, and employment law litigation.

While at Goldbeck & Associates, Mr. Graves represented a broad range of clients, including insurance carriers, corporations, and individuals. In 1991, he made firm partner and the name of the firm was changed to Goldbeck & Graves. In 1992, Mr. Graves became a partner in Laturno & Graves.

An experienced litigator, Mr. Graves has successfully tried both bench and jury trials before the federal and state courts, the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, the California Labor Commission, and various licensing agencies. He has prosecuted and defended several appeals in the California Fourth District Court of Appeals and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Graves has also filed amicus briefs with the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Graves is admitted to practice in all of the courts in California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is or has been a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Casey Foundation, Campus Life, Cougar Athletic Club, and Escondido Charter High School.

Mr. Graves is also a regular speaker on employment issues for various legal and business associations.

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Areas of Practice:

  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Trust and Estates
  • Contracts
  • Business Law
  • Conservertorships and Probate

Litigation Percentage:

50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    J.D., Magna Cum Laude
    Law Review: University of San Diego Law Review, 1987 - 1988
  • Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
    B.A. Cum Laude - 1985
    Major: History

Representative Clients:

  • Mobile Carpet Club, Inc.
  • All Smile Dental, Inc.
  • Escondido Charter High School
  • Argee Corporation
  • Arrow Market
  • Bliss Holdings, LLC
  • Business Music & Communication Inc.
  • Palomar Family Counseling
  • C&M Plastering
  • Murray Callen Swim Schools


Baker Enterprises

Classes and Seminars:

People's Law School, North County Bar Association, 2010 - Present

Honors and Awards:

State Bar of California Pro Bono Service Award, 1995

Past Employment Positions:

Goldbeck & Graves, Partner, 1990 - 1991


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