David C. Shay



Dave Shay is an experienced trial lawyer with a proven record of confronting corporations and their lawyers.  He has obtained tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured Californians and grieving families. 

Dave's work has resulted in his selection as one of California's Top 100 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers.  He has also been recognized by his peers on nine occasions as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. 

Just this year, Dave obtained a $1,697,073 verdict against a trucking company.  The defendant in that case denied liability for years and refused to make any reasonable settlement offers until Dave proved their negligence at trial.  The jury found the trucking company 100% liable and awarded more than ten times what the defendants had offered before trial.  

In 2022 Dave obtained a $1,730,000 verdict against a major transportation company in a motorcycle crash.  Again, the defendant in that case denied liability for years and blamed the crash on the injured plaintiff, until Dave proved their negligence in court.  Ultimately, the jury found the defendants 100% responsible and awarded more than twenty times what the defendant offered before trial.  This case was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2022.

In 2019 Dave obtained a $997,324 verdict against another trucking company.  That case was also selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California. 

In 2017 Dave co-tried a case which resulted in a $3,100,000 verdict against a major shopping mall company, which was the largest trip and fall verdict in the state that year.

In fact, half of the cases that Dave has tried to verdict have been recognized by Top Verdicts as being among the Top 100 in their category.  Dave has also successfully argued before the California Court of Appeals. 

Dave is a graduate of the University of Maryland – College Park where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geography. He earned his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School. After graduating law school, Dave moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles where he began working for one of California's most prestigious litigation boutique law firms. Dave moved on to work for one of the largest product liability litigation firms in the country. 

Dave was once a rising star of the defense bar, having honed his skills representing Fortune 500 companies. As a result, Dave is able to look at every case from both perspectives, keenly aware of the weaknesses in any corporation or insurance company's case. In 2016, Dave joined the firm so that he could help normal Californians like you fight for their rights. Now he spends 100% of his time standing up for injured individuals against the large corporations whose irresponsible behavior harmed them. 

Dave has been a lead trial attorney with the Vaziri Law Group since he joined the firm.  During that time, Dave has earned a reputation as an innovative trial attorney and a powerful adversary to corporate wrongdoers.  Dave is committed to presenting juries with all of the facts, not just those convenient to large and powerful corporate defendants.  He prides himself in leaving no stone unturned and no defense untested.  Dave's approach has led to the discovery of multiple “case winning” documents which corporate defendants had attempted to cover up.  He is known for his tenacious “leave it all in the courtroom” approach, because even when you can't outsmart your opponent, you can always outwork them.

Dave lives in Manhattan Beach, California. He enjoys playing soccer, beach volleyball and impersonating a chef.

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  • Yvonne L. Recommendation

    My boyfriend and I were in a car accident a few years back and we tried handling it ourselves with the insurance company, but they gave us the run around so we had to get a lawyer. We were referred to Vaziri Law Group and I must say they are amazing. Thank you for everything you all did for us. D...
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    I was in an accident, totaled my car, and I was injured. I want to stress that this wasn't one of those multi-million dollar cases, but the staff at Vaziri law treated the case like it was! When the case was settled, the law firm was guaranteed their percentage, my part was what was left and expe...

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