David Cartwright

Of Counsel

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David Cartwright recently retired as O’Melveny’s real estate counsel and leasing agent for all of the firm’s offices worldwide. He was responsible for the firm’s internal office leasing and construction projects internationally. He has transitioned to an advisory role for the firm with respect to its offices around the world.

Over his career with O’Melveny, David has been involved in real estate projects in China, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Belize, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Mexico, and Indonesia, in addition to his work in the United States. As a result he is conversant with real estate markets throughout the globe.

David’s specific areas of practice have included real property acquisitions, leasing, construction, land use, public contracts, public/private joint ventures, museums and nonprofits, natural resources, finance, and general real estate law.

David is the Chair of the Autry Foundation, and the retired Chair and current Vice-Chair of the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. He handled the merger of the Autry with the Southwest Museum. He is also the current Chair of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts in Santa Fe, and on the Board of YouthWorks in Santa Fe as well. He was formerly on the Board of the California Science Center and the National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central District of California


  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1981: magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Law Review
  • College of William and Mary, A.B., history and economics, 1978