David E. Russo


  • location icon San Francisco, CA
    333 Bush Street
    Suite 1100
    San Francisco, CA 94104

David E. Russo is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Marine & Energy Practice. Mr. Russo's practice focuses on civil litigation and appellate practice in the areas of Admiralty, Cargo Claims, Product Liability, maritime personal injury defense, and contracts and commercial law. He has tried over a dozen cases to verdict. His practice also includes defense of general liability cases involving death and catastrophic injuries.

Legal Experience

Mr. Russo has had a 34-year career in private practice in San Francisco. He has tried over a dozen cases to verdict. These have included the defense of multi-million dollar cases and have involved cases in the state and federal courts throughout California. He has also tried numerous other disputes in bench trials and arbitrations.

Published Opinions

  • Spooner v. 4 Oracle Team USA (ND Cal. March 2015) 2015 AMC 1253 (vacating vessel arrest)
  • Spooner v. 4 Oracle Team USA (ND Cal. August 2015) 2015 AMC 2091 (dismissing plaintiff’s claims)
  • Wheaton v. Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District (9th Cir. 2009) 559 F.3d 979
  • Hitachi Data Systems v. UPS, Inc.; Columbia Shipping, Inc., et al. (9th Cir. 1996) 76 F.3d 276 [Docket No. 94-15292]

Professional Presentations

Mr. Russo is a regular speaker at meetings of the Passenger Vessel Association, and at other maritime industry gatherings.


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court



U.S. District Courts for Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California

Ninth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court


  • Member, San Francisco Marine Claims Agents Association
  • Member, Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Member, Association of Marine Underwriters, San Francisco
  • Proctor Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States


Graduate of Hastings College of Law, University of California

Juris Doctor, 1983

Queens College, City University of New York

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1980 

  • Phi Beta Kappa

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