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David A. Lash


David Lash is a counsel in O’Melveny's Los Angeles and Century City offices. He serves as Managing Counsel of the Firm’s public interest and pro bono services, helping the pro bono program become one of the most acclaimed in the country.

David’s experience includes representing and counseling clients on a wide range of issues relating to complex business litigation, including trial and appellate representation, real estate matters, corporate governance, board relations, labor and employment, and all areas of public policy and community relations.  His background includes extensive experience in real estate litigation matters, including environmental and CEQA litigation on behalf of regional real estate developers.  He manages the nationwide pro bono program and oversees its substantive and administrative growth.  Under his leadership, the O'Melveny program has been the recipient of the American Bar Association's prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award and has been recognized as one of the top 10 pro bono programs in the United States.

Prior to joining O’Melveny, David was Executive Director of Bet Tzedek, one of the largest and most successful non-profit legal services agencies in the United States.

Professional Activities

Admitted to Practice,  US District Court, Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California; US Court of International Trade; US Department of the Interior; US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; US Court of Claims; US Supreme Court
Board Member,  Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCO); co-chair of the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission of the California State Bar
Member,  APBCO Leadership Council; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Legal Services to the Poor Committee and Access to Justice Committee; California State Bar, Legal Services Funding Committee and Long Term Services and Planning Committee; Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Commission on Slum Condition Housing; California State Expert Advisory Task Force on Senior Issues; Funding Subcommittee of the California Access to Justice Commission; California State Holocaust Era Insurance Oversight Committee
Community Service,  Bet Tzedek, Board of Directors; State Bar Legal Services Trust Fund Commission; Public Counsel; ACLU Foundation of Southern California; Harriett Buhai Center; UCLA Moot Court Program; member, Jewish Federation Council, Council of Agency and Federation Executives (1994-2003); Jewish Community Relations Committee; Board of Directors, Fairfax LANI (Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative) (1995-2002); Los Angeles Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (1994-2003); Los Angeles County Bar Association, Board of Trustees (2005-2007); Jewish Federation Counsel, Caring for the Needy Committee, Community Involvement Committee; Adjunct Professor of Law, Stanford University School of Law, University of California Irvine School of Law; frequent public speaker on issues for public interest law, pro bono management, and poverty law (ABA Equal Justice Conference, Pro Bono Institute Annual Seminar, California Pathways to Justice Conference)
Honors,  Named a “Leading Lawyer” in LawDragon (2013-2014); Antonia Hernandez Public Interest Alumnus of the Year, UCLA School of Law (2000); Sydney M. Irmas Humanitarian Award (2003), L.A. Family Housing; California Law Business 100 Most Influential Lawyers (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002); named a "Super Lawyer" in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published by Los Angeles magazine (2005-2015); California Lawyer of the Year (2006), California Lawyer Magazine
Author,  Columnist for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, "In the Public Interest" (1995-present); contributing writer, LawDragon

University of California at Los Angeles, J.D.: UCLA Law Review

University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., History: summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; awarded Departmental Highest Honors; Dean’s List