David J. Libertella

David J. Libertella

580 California Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415.788.1900
Fax: 415.393.8087

Primary Practice Areas

Employment Law

Civil Litigation

Insurance Defense


  • All Courts in the State of California


  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.F.A., Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, cum laude


  • Italian

David J. Libertella


Mr. Libertella is a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney. He counsels clients in a variety of matters related to employment law and all forms of civil litigation.

When not practicing law, Mr. Libertella enjoys playing extemporaneous and pre- written jazz, blues, and rock n' roll guitar, piano, and harmonica. He also enjoys building his vinyl records library and reading just about anything he can get his hands on.


  • During law school. Mr. Libertella served as a certified legal intern at multiple branches of the Office of the San Diego County Public Defender where he represented many indigent criminal defendants in felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile criminal proceedings.
  • Mr. Libertella clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Battaglia in his second year of law school at the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.
  • Mr. Libertella has written, photographed, directed, produced, edited, and scored many short films and feature films since he was thirteen years old. At sixteen years old, he won "best student short" at the Phoenix Film Festival, as well as a Telly Award. He later worked in the Los Angeles film industry as a freelance cinematographer where he lit, photographed, and produced many commercials, short films, feature films, and music videos, including "Eyes Wide Open" by Sabrina Carpenter.
  • Mr. Libertella was also a founder and co-owner of Grainy Days Productions, LLC, a motion picture lighting equipment rental company in Los Angeles.

Professional and Community Contributions

Mr. Libertella is a member of the Italian-American Lawyers Association, the Italian- American Lawyers of Orange County, and the Italian-American Bar Association of San Diego.

While in law school, Mr. Libertella was also active in the San Diego Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of San Diego, the Italian American Bar Association of San Diego, the National Italian American Bar Association, and the Italian American Lawyers of Orange County.

Selected Publications

  • A Rational Reason to Remain Civil in Civil Litigation: 'Hang on to Your Ego', published on www.law.com, The Recorder, May 20, 2021

Academic Distinctions

  • University of San Diego School of Law 2018 McLennon Honors Moot Court Tournament, 3rd Place out of 34 and 2nd best Respondent's Brief
  • University of San Diego School of Law Mock Trial Intramural Tournament 3 rd Place
  • California Attorney General Appellate Argument Judge's Choice Award
  • University of San Diego Women's Law Caucus
  • University of San Diego Mock Trial Team

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