Judge Moon retired from the San Diego County Superior Court after serving 23 1/2 years as a trial judge. He was the Presiding Judge of the San Diego Municipal Court before being elevated in 1983. Assigned to the North County Division of the San Diego Superior Court, he has presided in virtually every department and served as its Supervising Judge. For the 3 1/2 years preceding retirement, Judge Moon handled a civil independent calendar, both managing civil cases from filing to final disposition and trying those which did not resolve or settle. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Moon was a partner in several law firms handling cases in a wide variety of civil areas including labor, business, domestic, real estate and construction law. As a judge, he was known for his innovative case management, recommending neutral intervention early in the dispute to prevent protracted litigation and trials. As an arbitrator, Mediator and Private Judge, he has had great success resolving many challenging cases including construction defect, medical malpractice, eminent domain and serious injuries. One client commented, "He's a good mediator, he is laid back, but firm like a Judge, and he works hard to close the deal." An out of town plaintiff lawyer noted, "I was impressed with his decision and ability to facilitate an efficient, smooth and fair arbitration."
Judge, San Diego Superior Court, 1983-2001 (all departments, including Supervising, Probate, and Independent Calendar assignments; committee assignments include Executive committee and ADR
Assigned Judge, Court of Appeal, 4th District, Division One, 1982
Judge, San Diego Municipal Court, 1978-1982 (all departments, including Presiding Judge)
Law Offices of David B. Moon, Jr., sole practitioner, 1976-1978 (general civil litigation, construction law, real estate planning and development, general business law, criminal matters limited to felonies)
Failure of farming product results in huge losses to farmers who sue supplier, who sues the manufacturer of the product. Multiple insurance companies trying to apportion their clients' respective exposures.
Wrongful discharge of CEO and claim for defamation; counter-claim by employer for malfeasance.
Resolving Trust administration issues in multi-million dollar retail operation controlled by family trust: Accountings, Loans, Unequal distributions, future management of family business, trustee fees.
Children of decedent celebrity trustor battling with talent agent/trustee over alleged meager distributions while trustee enjoys large fees.
Professional Malpractice Legal
Legal malpractice where lawyer gives bad advice to his employee, fires employee, and evicts her from his rental unit.
Mediator's recommendation resolves a protracted mediation session on legal malpractice claim based on errors in estate planning advice.
Breach Of Contract
Two lawsuits: 1) buyer of real property suing title insurance company for failure to pay encumbrance claim missed by title company and for bad faith in adjusting claim, and 2) lender/holder of encumbrance suing everyone to collect on loan.
Broker's failure to disclose restrictive covenant in lease of commercial property. Large fast-food chain prevents use of space with resulting economic damages.
Motel premises liability with overtones of refusal to correct dangerous condition, thereby subjecting owner to punitive damages.
Recovery for patron of restaurant severely injured in fall when patron comparatively negligent (inebriation not revealed to defense).