Advisory Board

 

Lcdo. DAVID EFRON

Efron y Asociados

 

 

David Efron founded the firm in 1979. He was born in Havana, Cuba on November 16, 1952. Graduate of the University of Miami (BA 1973) and the Interamerican University Law School (Juris Doctor 1975), with graduate law school work at the University of Miami Law School. In 1979, at age 26, in his first jury trial he scored a victory over federal prosecutors. Six months later, on another case, he won his first federal appeal in First Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing the federal district court on a commercial litigation case.

In 1982, he won the first of several cases in the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico in a trademark infringement case, establishing the precedent in Puerto Rico to date on this issue of law, while reversing the Superior Court of San Juan. In 1991 Efron tried to fruition cases which brought record verdicts in two different areas of expertise - a judgment in an eminent domain case in excess of $5 million and a record jury verdict in federal court in a medical malpractice case in Puerto Rico involving a single plaintiff, a record which stood until he himself obtained a larger award in a 1997 case. In February of 1997 his legal team tried in the State Courts of Puerto Rico a brain damage case which resulted in the highest award in the history of the island's courts - $4.8 million. He has been mentioned in connection to legal cases in USA Today, the Associated Press wire, newspapers nationally and locally, radio and television. He has been interviewed on NBC's Inside America's Courts (Court TV) among several national programs. In 1996 he appeared at televised Senate hearings to successfully oppose the passing of laws for malpractice reform which would have severely affected the rights of victims in Puerto Rico. He he has also appeared featured in local and national newspapers as well as in international publications. Efron is a member of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, District of Columbia and State of New York bars and has a (Coral Gables), Florida office. Efron was class action plaintiff and represented a class of some 4,500,000 Florida telephone company consumers against Southern Bell (now the new BellSouth) for fraud claims with an eventual agreed judgment in 1995 in credits and services totaling potentially over $200 million. Since January of 1990, David Efron has also been the head of the family’s substantial real estate holdings and over a dozen active corporations. He presently serves on the Board of Governors (2005-2013) of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice), has been inducted into the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2010) and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Homebuilders Association (1992-2002). In the past he has served on AIPAC's National Council ('88-'96) and Executive Committee ('98 - '09); President of UJA of Puerto Rico ('84-'94) and Chairman ('83-'84; '95-'01); Served as General Counsel to the Hispanic Caucus of the DNC ('04-'06) and is on the Board of the Puerto Rico MaxiBasketball Federation, as well as playing on the Puerto Rico National Basketball team 50+ since 2004. He also actively participates in several national political and community charitable organizations.


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