David M. Greeley | Partner

David M. Greeley is a Partner in the Litigation Department and focuses both on resolving existing business, corporate, insurance, licensing, trademark, leasing, franchising and contract disputes and on advising clients on how to avoid future disputes by strengthening business relationships through effective communication. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Arizona School of Law, Mr. Greeley moved to San Diego and began his legal career at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, where he was a partner for 12 years. In his free time, Mr. Greeley enjoys being on the water and is an active member of the San Diego Outrigger Canoe Club.

Practice Areas

  • Business Disputes
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Real Estate


  • Wake Forest University (B.A. in American History), 1990 – cum laude
  • University of Arizona College of Law, 1998 – summa cum laude

Achievements and Affiliations

  • Admitted to practice in all State Courts in California and in Federal Courts in the Southern and Northern Districts of California; have been admitted Pro Hac Vice to appear on specific cases in Federal District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Business Law Section of the State Bar of California
  • Member of the Order of the Coif at University of Arizona and the Symposium Editor of the Arizona Law Review
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, ABA Forum on Franchising
  • Volunteer, Casa Cornelia
  • San Diego Business Journal Best of the Bar - 2016
  • San Diego Super Lawyers – 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rated - 2018

Noteworthy Experience

Litigation Matters
  • Favorably resolved franchisor claims against franchisee involving post-termination issues
  • Favorably resolved employee of franchisee’s claim of franchisor acting as joint employer
  • Favorably resolved plaintiff’s claim in a personal injury action that temp agency was the joint employer of temp
  • Favorably resolved employer’s trade secret claims against former employees
  • Successfully arbitrated dispute concerning valuation of an apartment building between tenant in common owners of the building
  • Favorably resolved real estate developers’ insurance coverage claims against insurance company and insurance brokers
  • Favorably resolved licensee’s claim against licensor under “accidental franchise” theory of recovery
  • Obtained full-demand settlement for publisher following court granting preliminary injunction in business dispute
  • Successfully arbitrated real estate seller’s claim against buyer arising out of sale of apartment building
  • Obtained summary judgment and award of attorneys’ fees on three complaints and over fifteen causes of action for CEO in complex business litigation
  • Obtained defense verdict in bench trial wherein plaintiff alleged claims of breach of fiduciary duty and breach of partnership agreement
  • Obtained summary judgment for title insurance company in defending against complaint for breach-of-title policy and bad-faith denial of claim
  • Defending former shareholders in litigation involving a Mexican land corporation located in Jalisco, Mexico
  • Defended wholesale grocers in business owners against claims actions alleging violations of the Lanham Act (trademark infringement).
  • Defended homeowner in easement disputes related to major renovation project
  • Defending owners, tenants and general contractors in foreclosure of mechanic lien cases
  • Resolved trust disputes among family members

Advisory Matters

  • Advises and counsels business owners on effective negotiation tactics with the goal of resolving disputes before either side initiates litigation
  • Advises franchisees on issues related to the franchise relationship and advises business owners on avoiding an “accidental” franchise relationship
  • Advises business owners on avoiding alter ego liability
  • Advises business owners, developers and general contractors on procuring proper insurance and on obtaining policy benefits
  • Advises businesses on protecting trade secrets and other intellectual property
  • Advises construction professionals on procuring and maintaining the proper licenses

Publications and Presentations

  • Protecting your Clients From Alter Ego Liability Makes Good Business Sense, ABTL Report, Volume XX No. 3, Fall 2013, Association of Business Trial Lawyers – San Diego

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