David Cartwright

Of Counsel

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David Cartwright is the Firm’s real estate counsel and leasing agent for all of its offices worldwide, and is responsible for the Firm’s internal office leasing and construction projects internationally. He is also a California licensed real estate broker.

In recent years, David has assisted many O’Melveny clients with the development and implementation of a corporate real estate strategy. Typically, this includes securing or relocating a headquarters facility and developing ancillary operational facilities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, or alternatively developing an exit strategy from past real estate commitments. Elements of the strategy may include turnkey development, leasing and subleasing, design and construction contracts, development agreements, design/build, California Environmental Quality Act compliance, and financing. David has managed projects in China, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Kingdom, Belgium, 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 world.



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

Professional Activities

Board Member

  • Autry National Center
  • Autry Foundation (President)


  • National Council for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

Author and Lecturer

  • Many aspects of real estate law and practice, and law firm management

Licensed California Real Estate Broker