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Email: dbright@whiteandbright.com
Phone: 760-747-3200
Fax: 760-747-5574


  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Wills and Trusts Litigation
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Mediation


David Bright is a founding partner of White and Bright (1981) and has recently transitioned to Of Counsel. Mr. Bright has extensive trial experience with an emphasis on complex real estate, business, and trust cases. Mr. Bright also leads the firm’s transactional group with an emphasis on real estate matters.


Mr. Bright received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angles in 1971.  He earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1974. Mr. Bright graduated from Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, a comprehensive and leading international program which provides comprehensive mediation training. 


  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • San Diego North County Bar Association, Past President
  • Attorney of the Year, North County Bar Association (2011-2012)
  • Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court, Founding Member and Master
  • Martindale-Hubbell, “AV” rated
  • Judge Pro Tem of the California Superior Court
  • Court-Appointed Arbitrator and Special Discovery Master
  • California Association of Realtors®, Legal Affairs Committee
  • California Association of Realtors®, Standard Forms Committee
  • California Association of Realtors’®, Strategic Defense Attorney Referral Panel
  • Regent, Realtor® University, Chicago, IL (confers post-graduate degrees in real estate). Mr. Bright is also the Chairman of the University’s Code of Conduct Committee.
  • Mr. Bright has testified as an expert witness in the California Superior Court on real estate issues.


  • Judgment for $11.7M in representing beneficiary of trust against trustee, exceeding trust assets by more than $10M.
  • Defense judgment in Ummel v. Remax, successfully representing buyer’s broker. This case gained national recognition and was reported on by various media outlets.
  • Defense judgment successfully representing buyer’s broker and agent in case brought by buyer, regarding purchase of multi-million dollar house in La Jolla, California.
  • Lead counsel for successful defense in Padgett v. Phariss 54 Cal.App.4th 1270, a reported case which remains the law in California pertaining to broker’s duties, or lack thereof.
  • Counsel for hundreds of real estate brokers and agents, retained by insurance carriers for defense of claims brought against licensees, as well as defense representation against the DRE.
  • Represented Associations of Realtors® for more than twenty-five years as corporate counsel.
  • Represents parties in wills and trust litigation, involving complex issues, including, but not limited to, breach of fiduciary duty, surcharge, copyright issues, real estate issues, accountings, and objections thereto.
  • Represents sellers of land to developers, including drafting of documents relating to sales, transactions, and commercial leases.
  • Successful representation of Fortune 500 developer in dispute with buyer over $10M pre-released deposit.


  • Lecturer in real estate law and counsel to the North San Diego County Association of Realtors®, and Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors®.
  • Mr. Bright has created and teaches DRE-approved courses for real estate licensees’ continuing education courses.
  • Frequent lecturer on real estate issues, including short sales, REO properties, and foreclosures.
  • California Real Estate Broker, Law and Litigation, (4th Ed. CEB) – Editor.


  • Boys and Girls Club of Escondido, Past President.
  • California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Former Trustee.
  • Sponsor of various charitable events for many years.

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White and Bright, LLP
970 Canterbury Place
Escondido, CA 92025

Phone: 760-747-3200
Fax: 760-747-5574