David L. Monroe

David L. Monroe

Senior Trial Counsel
Beverly Hills, California
Mr. Monroe is senior trial counsel at Rafii & Nazarian, LLP. Mr. Monroe began his career as a plaintiffs' trial attorney in Texas in 1987. As a plaintiffs' trial attorney Mr. Monroe has extensive experience in personal injury matters, consumer rights matters, and major complex business litigation in both state and federal courts. Mr. Monroe has tried over 40 jury trials with over $50 million in jury awards, including breach of contract, fraud, defamation, business disparagement, breach of fiduciary duties, nuisance, race discrimination, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, oil and gas, affirmative action rights, bankruptcy, and insurance coverage. Mr. Monroe has secured more than 10 multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients throughout his career.

In 1996, Mr. Monroe secured an $18.2 million verdict in Houston federal court in the case of Trinh vs. Circle K which was recognized as "the largest race discrimination verdict in U.S. history" at the time under the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Mr. Monroe has handled all aspects of appeals and has consulted with start-ups on employment, financing and intellectual property issues.

Throughout his career, Mr. Monroe has been recognized for his client advocacy skills and dedication to excellence.

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Order of the Barons
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
    • Honors: summa cum laude

Representative Cases

  • Binh Trinh, et al v. Circle K - Race discrimination trial for 4 Vietnamese (of 16 clients) systematically fired. $18,200,000 verdict. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Hypernet, Inc. v. Raushcer Pierce Refsnes - fraudulent breach of contract, $10,500,000 verdict
  • Knox v. Taylor, 992 S.W.2d 40 (Tex. App. – Houston [14th Dist.] 1999, no writ) - business libel, tortious interference with contract. $3,650,000 verdict
  • Texas DOT v. Able, 981 S.W.2d 765 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 1998), aff’d, 35 S.W.3d 608 (Tex. 2000) - wrongful death case, head-on collision in an H.O.V. lane, sued governmental entities. $2,700,000 verdict. Joint enterprise liability disputed on appeal
  • Shiflett v. First Bank & FDIC - suit for breach of contract and fraud, $5,200,000 verdict. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake referred to this as the most complex jury charge he ever gave a civil jury, 56 questions all answered in favor of Shiflett
  • Monroe v. Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, 268 Ga. App. 659, 602 S.E.2d 219, writ of cert. denied (2004) - beach of contract and fiduciary duties of healthcare plan and its managers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and CostCare, by virtue of wrongful denial of nursing home healthcare
  • Calderone v. Apple, Inc. (2012) – represented a California individual whose home was searched by Apple security for a missing prototype to a confidential resolution
  • Market Portwall, L.P. v. Chemcentral Corp. (2012) – underground water and chemical contaminants leaked from chemical facility onto adjacent land, causing loss of value on sale of land. Obtained settlement of full loss for client after defeating summary judgment
  • Tri-Coastal Trading v. Argentum Investments (2014) – represented a Houston third-party defendant company added several months before trial, and upon filing a cross-complaint for business disparagement, obtained a settlement prior to trial

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom

Pro Bono Activities

  • Human Rights Campaign Federal Club


  • Phi Beta Kappa