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DAVID UTLEY received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Whittier College in 1973, and his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law in 1977, and was admitted to the California Bar in 1978.


Mr. Utley has forty-one years of personal injury trial and litigation experience in California and Federal court venues. His primary area of expertise is the litigation of claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Nonappropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act, and the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Mr. Utley also has significant experience handling subrogation claims in multiple forums.

Mr. Utley was a Court-appointed Mediator in personal injury lawsuits for the Los Angeles County Superi¬or Court from 1999 to 2014 and served upon the Superior Court’s Arbitration and Settlement Confer¬ence panels prior to that time. He has been invited as a guest speaker to the 2009 Northwest Longshore Claims Administrators Seminar, 2010 Longshore Claims Association Seminar, 2012 Chartis Defense Base Act Seminar, 2013 Signal/LCA Maritime Conference, 2014 Annual Loyola Longshore Conference, 2016 Advance Consulting Inc. DBA Conference, and 2019 Longshore Claims Association Seminar. He has received a “AV- Preeminent 5.0 out of 5″ Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Rating for the past 20 years.

Following a thirty-two year career representing injured workers, Mr. Utley was invited to come to Samuelsen, Gonzalez, Valenzuela and Brown in 2011 where he focuses his attention on the defense of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act claims, and the representation of the subrogation interests of employers and carriers.