Who Are We?
Principal Attorney David Sohn has substantial experience successfully litigating and trying matters involving a diverse range of subjects including: employment; consumer protection; business disputes; corporate governance; class actions; trade secrets; unfair competition; and personal injury. David has successfully resolved a number of lawsuits through pretrial motions, mediations, arbitrations, and trials.
David earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Stanford University. He graduated from "the Farm" with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa. David earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. While in law school, he earned multiple awards for his efforts teaching the introductory undergraduate economics course at Harvard University. He has served as a board member of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. David currently serves as the Vice President for the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.
David began his legal career working on matters of significant public and private concern at some of the best and most prestigious firms in the country. Upon graduation from law school, David worked at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, an AMLAW 100 firm, handling complex civil and criminal antitrust matters, general business disputes, and employment disputes, including wage and hour class actions, and sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits.
Among David's notable achievements at Sheppard Mullin, David defended one of the world's largest producers of memory chips against criminal price fixing charges. He also managed and resolved over 50 civil cases brought in state courts nationwide against the same client. Additionally, David represented an unsecured creditors' committee in a bankruptcy trial against four objecting insurers' challenges to a reorganization plan. The reorganization plan was confirmed after trial and the primary objecting insurer agreed to pay an additional $1.15 billion to the committee.
After Sheppard Mullin, David joined the complex litigation department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, considered to be one of the finest corporate law firms in the world. During his tenure at Skadden Arps, David handled a variety of complex consumer class actions and white collar criminal defense matters.
Among David's notable achievements at Skadden Arps, he helped successfully try and ultimately settle a significant consumer class action brought against a major insurance company regarding the use of non-OEM replacement parts in vehicles. David also helped defeat a motion for class certification against a preeminent Silicon Valley technology company alleged to have misrepresented and concealed information related to the performance of its flagship products.
While at Skadden Arps, David was recruited by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, one of the three largest labor and employment firms in the country, to help launch its San Francisco office. While at Ogletree Deakins, David handled and successfully resolved numerous claims on behalf of defendants under the Fair Employment & Housing Act, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, California wage and hour laws, and California Business & Professions Code 17200. As one of the founders of the San Francisco office, David helped grow and manage the office to become one of Ogletree Deakins' most profitable offices.
Among David's notable achievements at Ogletree Deakins, he tried to verdict and ultimately settled a difficult pregnancy discrimination lawsuit where the plaintiff was terminated less than a month before she delivered her baby. Plaintiff's pretrial demand was for no less than seven figures. Through skillful lawyering, David helped persuade the jury to award the plaintiff mid five figures. In another wrongful termination lawsuit, involving explosive sexual harassment claims, David gutted a pretrial demand of mid six figures through his meticulous discovery efforts. The plaintiff ultimately settled for low four figures on the first day of trial. David also whittled down a $600+ million contract claim through his strategic pretrial motion efforts to settle the claim for low five figures on the first day of trial.
In early 2010, David decided to put his extensive experience, skills, and successful track record to work on behalf of individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations, and established SOHN LEGAL GROUP.