David H. Pierce

David H. Pierce

Los Angeles, California

David Pierce is a key construction litigation attorney on the Castro litigation team with almost two decades of construction litigation at the firm, over 300 construction depositions under his belt, dozens of arbitrations and mediations, and decades of experience with construction Case Management Orders.  For the past 5 years he has been fully engaged in all consuming multi-party litigation, that just resulted in a $55 million settlement.  Wilshire Vermont has been noteworthy as one of the hardest fought, “leave no stone unturned,” case of attrition, in the annals of California complex construction litigation.  Mr. Pierce was seminal in the management and prosecution of this highly complex, never-ending legal marathon, and was tasked with reviewing millions of construction documents, taking multiple percipient and expert depositions, answering thousands of pages of written discovery and researching and responding to dozens of motions for summary judgment.

For almost 30 years, Mr. Pierce has handled all aspects of complex construction which he began at Spray Gould and Bowers.  He has represented a broad scope of construction entities including, developers, general contractors, subcontractors for most construction trades.  He has also represented owners, contractors, and design professionals. Mr. Pierce came to Castro Associates with a strong background in construction defect litigation.  He had worked for almost 5 years as lead counsel for the general contractor in the Westcreek v Palmer litigation in Santa Clarita, which resulted in a $20 million dollar settlement.

In other firms, Mr. Pierce has had a varied litigation practice that included business interference tort cases, insurance bad faith claims, condemnation, real estate transactions and governmental tort claim liability and tort claims acts.  He has represented various governmental entities, including, the County of Ventura, Public Works Departments, Transportation Departments, Environmental Health and Sheriffs Departments for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Mr. Pierce was a member of the prominent environmental law firm, Haines, Russ, McMurry & De Recat, where he handled environmental clean up litigation and authored a chapter on the definitive treatise on Eminent Domain, found in every California law library.

Mr. Pierce was also an Environmental Health Officer for Santa Barbara County, directing countywide programs for the regulation and enforcement of environmental issues, including water and food safety, wastewater, land sue, and hazardous materials.  He regularly appeared before regulatory agencies and legislative bodies at all levels.

David H. Pierce is licensed to practice in all courts of the State of California, the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; the American Bar Association; and the California Trial Lawyers Association.

David H Pierce attended UCLA, earning a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 1971.  In 1974 he received an M.A. in Environmental Health Science from the California State University, Northridge.  He earned his doctorate in 1984 from the Southern California Institute of Law in Santa Barbara.

Areas of Practice

  • Defective design/construction cases
  • Construction injury/death cases
  • Landslides, soils, slope failures
  • Earthquake, structural damage cases
  • Construction insurance cases
  • Water intrusion, mold cases
  • Failure analysis
  • Welded steel moment frame cases
  • Contract disputes
  • Concrete, foundation defects
  • Framing, windows, doors defects
  • Roofs, balconies, deck defects
  • HVAC, mechanical defects
  • Plumbing, electrical defects
  • Stucco, plaster, drywall defects
  • Steel Frame High Rise
  • Soils
  • Condominium, townhouse cases
  • Apartment, commercial cases
  • Single family residence, estate cases
  • High rise building cases
  • Restaurant/Hotel cases
  • Industrial/Manufacturing cases
  • Construction Insurance cases
  • Schools, hospitals, non profit cases
  • Green structures, LEED certification
  • Parks, recreational, playing field cases

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California


  • UCLA
    • Bachelor's Degree - 1971
    • Major: Psychology
  • California State University, Northridge
    • M.A. - 1974
    • Major: Environmental Health Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Spray, Gould & Bowers
  • Haines, Russ, McMurry, and De Recat