David has over 30 years of experience representing people in the civil justice system. He started his solo practice in 2010 and expanded it in 2019. David has had notable multi-million dollar verdicts in Oregon courts. He has tried a wide range of cases, including class actions, dangerous products, toxic contamination, consumer protection, injury, and employment cases.
David served as lead counsel in Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Products, LLC, a trial court win of over $400 million that was fully affirmed on appeal. That case arose out of BP’s illegal debit card charges at Oregon ARCO stations. It eventually resulted in a payout of $185 per consumer to over 1.7 million consumers, together with major funding for Oregon Legal Aid and Oregon Consumer Justice, a new Oregon consumer advocacy center.
David is an adjunct law professor at Lewis and Clark Law School. David serves on the board of Public Justice Foundation. David served for many years on the board and various committees of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.
David spends more time than he should on Twitter (@davidsug) where he offers an unfiltered view of the civil justice system, Oregon law and politics, and the occasional commentary on his beloved Portland Timbers.
Nadia is a skilled trial and appellate advocate. She represents individuals in consumer, civil rights, and class action litigation, and loves an opportunity to analyze complex legal issues and use her formidable research and writing skills to develop winning legal strategies. She has a particular passion for appeals — having built a robust practice representing clients in state and federal appellate courts and consulting with trial counsel to best position and protect clients in the event of a later appeal.
Before joining Sugerman Dahab, Nadia served as Senior Litigation Attorney for the Portland nonprofit Innovation Law Lab, where she was co-lead and class counsel on several complex matters challenging Presidential and federal agency actions seeking to limit the rights of immigrants and refugees. Nadia continues to focus her pro bono work on the fight for immigrant and refugee justice. Nadia began her legal practice — and developed many of her litigation skills — at the Portland law firm of Stoll Berne.
Nadia graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court and Judges Mary H. Murguia and Susan P. Graber, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2019, Nadia was named one of Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. On the weekends, you may find Nadia running the trails of Portland’s Forest Park or cycling Oregon’s scenic backroads.
Marla is the backbone of the firm and handles everything from managing the day-to-day work of the firm to case details and case development. Marla graduated from the Seattle University in 1987. She worked for 12 years as an insurance adjuster. Marla joined David’s practice over 15 years ago. David admires her grit and never-say-die attitude.
In her spare time, Marla is a hasher with Stumptown Hash House Harriers. She enjoys time spent cooking for her friends and family, gardening and her bulldog, Lucy.