• Available in Northern California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments


David has been a lawyer for 40 years, serving as a part-time mediator since 2010 and full time since 2015. He has over 38 years of experience as a trial lawyer in both state and federal courts in a broad spectrum of employment cases including class action, medical negligence, construction defect, and personal injury cases. While in active practice, he litigated through a lens of resolution and participated in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations and counseled his clients in conflict avoidance.

He is a respected lawyer among his peers and opposing counsel with a reputation of being passionate, intelligent, and fair. An attorney on an employment/discrimination mediation said, "I would like to add that Mr. Perrault was the consummate professional, while at the same time very approachable by, both, my extremely emotional client; and myself. His experience and expertise in the subject matter were invaluable in bringing this claim to an amicable resolution."


Hobbies & Interests

In his spare time, David enjoys gardening (roses, especially), holiday and vacation time in the High Sierra, skiing, backpacking, golfing, and rooting for the SF Giants.


Very patient, diligent, and thoughtful.
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour Dispute

He did an excellent job of listening to my client and was thoughtful about strategy for settlement.
- Attorney on an employment sexual harassment dispute

Dave has a great temperament for mediation. Thanks David for his excellent work and the successful result. I appreciated David sticking to it well beyond our allotted time.
- Attorney on an employment/discrimination dispute

He'll let the parties vent, but he expects lawyers to be calm and not add fuel to the fire
- An attorney in Sacramento

He has an ability to defuse some of that hostility that comes with contentious employment cases.
- An attorney in Sacramento on an employment case

I would like to add that Mr. Perrault was the consummate professional, while at the same time very approachable by, both, my extremely emotional client; and myself. His experience and expertise in the subject matter were invaluable in bringing this claim to an amicable resolution.
- Attorney on an employment/discrimination dispute

Difficult case with difficult dynamics between parties.
- Attorney on a Civil Rights Matter

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Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full Time mediator and arbitrator (2015-present)
  • Part-Time mediator and arbitrator (2010-2015)
  • Of Counsel, Hardy Erich Brown & Wilson (2015-2016)
  • Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, Pro Bono employment law advice (2009-present)
  • U.S. Federal Court, Eastern District VDRP volunteer (1999 to present)
  • Sacramento County Superior Court Settlement Conference Pro Bono program (1998 to present)
  • Trial Attorney, Hardy Erich Brown & Wilson (1975-2014)
  • VDRP Neutral, U.S. Eastern District Federal Court (1998-present)
  • Pro Temp Settlement Conference Judge, Sacramento County Superior Court (1995-present)
  • Settlement Pro Temp, El Dorado County Superior Court

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1975)
  • M.A., Educational Psychology, California State University, Northridge (1969)
  • B.A., California State University, Sacramento (1966)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, ABOTA (1995-present)
  • California Bar Association, Labor & Employment Sections (1975-present)
  • Sacramento County Bar Association (1975-present)
  • Sacramento County ADR Section (2016-present)

Achievements & Awards

  • AV/Preeminent rating for 20 years with Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer, California Employment & Labor (2000-2018)
  • Best Lawyers, Northern California (2015-Present)
  • Sacramento Magazine recognized as among the area's best lawyers in the specialty of employment law (2004-2015)
  • Served on the Board of the Sacramento area for The American Cancer Society for 17 years
  • Presenter at the ABOTA Masters in Trial Program (2002)
  • Sacramento Magazine 2017 Top Lawyers In Sacramento (2017)
  • Best Lawyers In America, Employment Law, Management and Litigation (2018)

Legal Experience

  • All types of employment related matters
  • Medical Negligence
  • Construction Defect
  • Personal Injury

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases



  • Interesting yet delicate FEHA disability accommodation case with clouded interactive process issues. Legal issues were intertwined with delicate nature of defendants manufacturing of health care product(s) and meeting standards of manufacturing of same.


  • Employment separation by a law firm of a female professional employee which resulted in a claim of pay discrimination
  • Unique employment case of an interim "management" in an academic setting to administer a grant within multiple community colleges.
  • An interesting alleged discrimination claim intertwined with a companion workman's compensation action resulted in a creative resolution satisfactory to all parties.

EWT and Discrimination

  • Constructive wrongful termination and gender discrimination claims involving a regional public entity

Hostile Environment

  • Employment racial discrimination claim by relatively high ranking public entity employee who was alleged to have misused public funds
  • Interesting unexpected separation of employment in the health care field upon return from berevement leave with ultimate issue being alleged failure to comply with ADA/FEHA's accomodation & interactive process.


  • Interesting class action matter, where defense attempted to comply with Alt. Work Week plan per code, as well as meal and rest breaks etc. Problems ensued with implementation and application of same. Thus class claim presented with usual wage & hour issues and PAGA claims. Parties were significantly apart, with plaintiffs and defendants far apart. At the end of the full day session, plaintiff's demands were still significantly apart. The parties agreed to further dialog with themselves and the mediator with current offers in follow-up.
  • Very interesting wage and hour case with PAGA overtones and complicated ADA/Interactive process allegations concerning a pre-existing emotional distress matter which evidenced itself during the employment.

Sexual Harassment

  • Public entity employee who alleged sexual harassment on the job from an employee who was terminated for other reasons sought recovery for emotional distress. The public entity employee remained employed to the present, but sought monetary relief as the former employee was not disciplined for the alleged sexual harassment. The factual basis alleged an incomplete handling of the asserted claims and utilized the recent "Me Too" issues for the approach that the public entity should pay civil damages.

Wage and Hour

  • An interesting resolution of a delicate personnel/employment matter with a chartered school.
  • Interesting non-profit entity PAGA matter relative to various wage and hour issues with constructive resolution.
  • Two plaintiff's asserting individual rights under the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (Cal. Labor Code 1450) and applicable wage and hour statutes. Interesting factual situation(s) and applicablility to statutory provisions.
  • Wage and hour case resolved within the parameters of state public works act payment requirements.
  • Agricultural class action matter in the California central valley on wage & hour issues as well as "rental" units for some employees.

Wage and Hour Class Action

  • Resolution of employee compensation claims arising from a closely held corporation which owned and operated a Northern California lumber business.
  • Complicated dispute of a multi-family owned supermarket business regarding wage, hour, classification and working conditions.
  • Resolution of a complex wage and hour class action matter in the fuel transportation industry with the focus on meal and rest breaks. The complexity centered around the delicate and at times contradictory, yet important, situational federal rulings and administrative opinions vs state rulings and administrative opinions.

Wrongful Termination

  • Resolution of a complex litigation between a medical group and its CEO concerning alleged wrongful separation of employment and labor code 970 damages for out of state relocation to California
  • Alleged wrongful discharge and compensation dispute by foremen managing employee who operated employers state sanctioned gaming business
  • Resolution of a delicate resignation of an educational administrator from a private educational employer
  • Employment case, Wrongful termination dispute with ADA/FEHA and whistleblower claims. 63 yr. old plaintiff. Employer was health care facility that allegedly did not follow good employment practices and manager allegedly altered a fire inspection report, i.e. the whitsleblower claim.
  • ADA & Interactive Process statutory requirements were at the heart of this alleged wrongful termination claim in an employee/employer setting. The import of the case was a careful analysis by both sides as to whether there was a true violation of interactive process requirements and if so by which party. The more likely failure of interactive process appeared to have rested with the Plaintiff, and accordingly the case was resolved with that "likely factor" in mind.


Property Damage

  • Resolution of property damage dispute among homeowners, general contractor and sub-contractor concerning lot grading, water movement and its dispersal


Personal Injury

  • Intersesting resolution of negligence and premise liability claims of a senior patient who had surgical intervention (and follow up surgical procedures as well) for back injuries allegedly caused by a slip and fall. Prior and post DOI medical records of back injuries was critical in assessment and determing case resolution.

Product Liability

  • Interesting product failure, with admitted liability, where the end user of product failure suffered damage to the left hand and wrist. Surgical repair and rehabilitation was very good, however, potential arthritic development loomed as an important personal injury feature for this health care professional. The case was favorably resolved for all parties in mediation.

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