Borton Petrini


David M. Daftary

Practice Areas
Business Litigation
Construction Law
Employment & Labor Law
Errors & Omissions
General & Civil Law
Insurance Defense
Real Estate Law

(619) 232-2424


(619) 531-0794

David M. Daftary is an attorney in Borton Petrini’s San Diego office. A native of Indiana, David obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2000. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School in 2003.

David has been licensed to practice law in the State of California since 2003. He is also licensed to practice in the US District Court for the Southern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the North County (San Diego) Bar Association.

With experience working in both the public and private sectors, David has a diverse and extensive background in practicing law. Previously serving as a Deputy City Attorney for Oceanside, California, David handled litigation for the city and served as an adviser to several city departments. While working for the city, he co-authored an appellate brief in a case regarding the Vienna Convention on Consular Rights that was argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. [Cornejo v. County of San Diego, et al., 504 F.3d 853 (9th Cir. 2007)].

David left the City of Oceanside to work for the San Diego law offices of Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck and for Endeman, Lincoln, Turek & Heater (now known as Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin), where he represented clients in complex civil actions involving dozens of parties. While at Endeman Lincoln, David represented San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) in eminent domain actions to acquire easements for Sunrise Powerlink and the East County Substation projects. He also served as Counsel to the Golden Valley Municipal Water District.

Prior to joining Borton Petrini in 2021, David had his own civil litigation law practice based in Carlsbad, California for eight years. His solo practice specialized in handling disputes involving real property, personal injury, and business matters.


Georgetown University, B.S., 2000
Notre Dame Law School, 2003


State Bar of California, 2003
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Business & professional Associations

Bar Association of Northern San Diego County (Member of Board of Directors, 2020-2022)

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