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David Ongaro

Managing Partner

(415) 433-3900

David Ongaro is the founder and managing partner of Ongaro PC.  David has successfully tried high-value cases to verdict all over the United States. He is frequently called into cases solely for the purpose of trial, and has tried more than thirty complex cases. In addition, David has successfully handled some of the largest employment class action cases in California. With more than 25 years of experience, David has extensive litigation and trial skills.

David has been selected to the list of Northern California Super Lawyers in 2004, 2009-2010, and 2014 – 2017.  David received the prestigious BTI client service award in 2013 and in 2014, he was named as ITL’s top class action lawyer for wage and hour class actions in California.

David’s litigation practice includes:

  • Product liability
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Class Actions
  • Wage and Hour cases
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act litigation
  • Representative actions brought under the Private Attorney Generals Act
  • Toxic Tort

David has prosecuted and defended numerous class action cases with substantial monetary claims across the country.  He frequently defends corporations in complex toxic tort matters, overseeing teams of attorneys on all aspects of the defense. David has obtained a number of highly favorable defense verdicts.  David’s employment expertise encompasses wage and hour lawsuits, including class actions, collective actions, and representative actions, as well as claims arising under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.  In addition, David defends employers in administrative agency actions and provides advice on a broad range of employment issues.

David Ongaro is a part of the Panel Discussion on Cross Examination at 2022 DRI Asbestos Medicine Conference

David Ongaro presented at the 2022 DRI Asbestos Medicine Conference on November 3rd in San Diego, California. Mr. Ongaro’s presentation, entitled, “Shark Infested Waters: Cross-Examination of Common Plaintiff Experts” will look at a cross-section of experts involved in pathology, pulmonology, occupational medicine and industrial hygiene. The panel reviews the background, qualifications and what to expect for the various experts as well as potential wins and pitfalls on cross-examination.

David represents clients in a wide range of industries including:

  • Aviation
  • Financial Institutes
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Telecommunications
  • Temporary Labor and Staffing
  • Trucking

In addition to his litigation practice, David has mediated disputes, acted as an expert, and has spoken at various seminars.


  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1991
  • B.S., University of California, Davis, 1988