David Dworakowski was born in Buffalo New York, in 1961, and has been a resident of Orange County since 1986. He and his wife, Anita, an elementary school teacher, live in Laguna Beach where they have raised their five children.
David graduated from Allegheny College with honors in 1983. He attended Temple University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1986. David was a member of Law Review at Temple. In David's early years of practice, he worked as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorneys' Office. In 1988, he joined the Orange County Public Defenders' Office. While there, David quickly climbed the ranks. He was a senior trial attorney where he tried complex litigation, including several homicide cases.
David was promoted to management where he supervised and mentored other senior attorneys in their complex litigation. While in management, David continued to carry a caseload of homicide cases. In his final years with the office, David ran the Writs & Appeals Department, and he filed, among other things, numerous writs of habeas corpus, honing his skills as an appellate attorney.
In 2017, David was honored and humbled to be presented the Dean Allen award from Orange County Public Defender, Sharon Petrosino. Dean Allen carved out a career representing the poor and disenfranchised; Dean was an icon in the legal community and a beloved figure before his untimely death from cancer. After Dean's passing, in 2002, the Public Defender's office instituted the J. Dean Allen Character Award. This award is given annually "to recognize an attorney who demonstrates integrity, passion for the law, and commitment to the poor." David states: "I will forever be grateful to have worked with so many outstanding people in the Orange County Public Defenders' Office. The dedicated soles in that office modeled compassion, commitment, and the importance of sacrificing for the client. In the decades I worked for the Public Defender, I also learned gratitude and humility, two things I'm reminded of daily."
In 2017, David was selected by the National Trial Lawyers as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America." This award, by invitation only, "is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications." Also, the Avvo Attorney rating service has given David its Highest "Superb" Rating. Avvo has also rated him their highest "Outstanding" rating for client satisfaction. In 2015, David was named by Orange Coast Magazine as, "Best Lawyers in Orange County." Most recently, in 2018, David was named a "Lawyer of Distinction," a recognition given for the excellence in trial work, as well as overall lawyering skills.
David is active in the community. He is regularly asked to guest lecture other attorneys in a variety of subjects. He also is a frequent guest lecturer to law students at Chapman University School of Law. David is on the Board of Directors at Mardan School in Irvine, a school for "special needs" students. David and his wife attend Saddleback Church.
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