• Available in San Diego, Southern California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments


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."


Hobbies & Interests

Enjoys fly fishing, camping, swimming, tennis, playing guitar, woodworking and gardening.




David was very knowledgeable with the subject matter of the case. He provided many common sense solutions to my client.
- Attorney, San Diego, California

David was a clear communicator and explained to both sides the strengths and weaknesses of their respective cases.
- Attorney, San Diego County, California

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • 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)
  • Bourne, McDade, Fitzgerald, Moon and Cline, partner, 1973-76 (general civil litigation)
  • Townsend and Moon, partner, 1970-1973 (domestic, criminal, corporate and probate)
  • Brundage, Hackler, Williams and Zellmann, associate, 1968-1970 (labor law)
  • Miller and Evatt, legal intern, 1966-1967
  • United States Attorney’s Office, San Diego, legal intern, 1965

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • Member of California Judges Association
  • Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, 1957-1960
  • Stanford University, B.A, Political Science, 1964
  • University of San Diego, School of Law, J.D., 1967
  • Graduate and Instructor National Judicial College, Civil Mediation Course, 1997 and 1999
  • Co-Founder and Former President of the Oliver Wendall Holms, Jr. Chapter of American Inn of Court
  • Former Instructor CEB, CJA, CJSP and the Rutter Group on many topics including Law & Motion and Ethics & Evidence

Legal Experience

  • Professional Malpractice
  • Commercial
  • Products Liability
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Probate and Trusts
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate Matters

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases



  • 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 Termination

  • 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

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.

Real Estate

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.

Real Property

  • Broker's failure to disclose restrictive covenant in lease of commercial property. Large fast-food chain prevents use of space with resulting economic damages.


Personal Injury

  • 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).

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

Los Angeles Mediation

West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

Mediators Los Angeles

San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

San Diego Mediation

Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

San Francisco Mediation


980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

Sacramento Mediation