David P.E. Burkett


As a five-time finisher of the Markleeville Death Ride, David is an endurance bicyclist who loves the challenge of an all-day ride in the beautiful terrain surrounding Sacramento. He approaches litigation with the same determination to keep going forward to achieve the goals of his clients.

David’s practice focuses on representing public entities and private businesses in employment and civil rights disputes. He particularly enjoys assessing the facts of a legal dispute and collaborating with his clients to determine what resolution is best for them. Once the strategy is set, David strives to be an aggressive and efficient litigator who looks for opportunities to end legal disputes. He works with a team of attorneys, paralegals, and staff to provide that service to his clients. Their ultimate goal is to help the client be best positioned to avoid claims and to resolve those that end up in litigation.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 2005)

  • Graduated with Great Distinction
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers

University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 2002)

  • Graduated with Honors in Major


Judicial Law Clerk, United States District Court, District of Arizona, Honorable Earl H. Carroll, September 2005 to September 2006

Practice Areas Admitted to Practice
  • All California State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Professional Memberships & Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2013-2014)

Presentations & Seminars

  • Title IX: Suing and Being Sued, ATIXA Conference (2013)

Representative Trials

  • Guerrero v. Galloway [Negligence]
  • Mansourian v. Regents of the University of California [Title IX]
  • Jones v. Sacramento Municipal Utility District [Wrongful Discharge]
  • Newborn Vincent v. Sacramento Municipal Utility District [Race Discrimination, Retaliation]
  • Hagadorn, et al. v. County of Sacramento [Retaliation]
  • Asberry v. County of Sacramento [Race Discrimination, Retaliation]