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
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.
He has an ability to defuse some of that hostility that comes with contentious employment cases.
- An attorney in Sacramento on an employment case
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 did an excellent job of listening to my client and was thoughtful about strategy for settlement.
- Attorney on an employment sexual harassment dispute
Very patient, diligent, and thoughtful.
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour 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
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
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 (2000-2016)
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)
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.
EWT and Discrimination
Constructive wrongful termination and gender discrimination claims involving a regional public entity
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.
Wage and Hour
An interesting resolution of a delicate personnel/employment matter with a chartered school.
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.
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 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.
Resolution of property damage dispute among homeowners, general contractor and sub-contractor concerning lot grading, water movement and its dispersal
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.