David Mara

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California Employment Attorney David Mara

David Mara is the founding member and president of Mara Law Firm, PC. Mr. Mara has devoted his many years of practice to representing employees in all aspects of California wage and hour law, including, but not limited to, class representation of employees seeking unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, unfair business practices, and meal and rest period violations. California Employment Attorney David Mara also specializes in representing injured civilians working abroad pursuant to a U.S. defense contract. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mara has obtained tens of millions of dollars on behalf of California and Defense Base Act workers.

A long-standing member of Consumer Attorneys of California, Mr. Mara is on the shortlist of lawyers the organization selects in California to author briefs in support of workers in California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. Mr. Mara was co-counsel in the seminal California Supreme Court decision, Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court, in which the Court articulated the standards on employee entitlements to and employer obligations for providing meal and rest breaks in California and the availability of class action treatment for those claims. In addition to his trial and appellate work on behalf of California workers, Mr. Mara is also on the cutting edge of shaping California laws, as he is frequently asked to review and offer counter proposals to laws affecting California workers proposed in the California legislature and Congress.


Bar Admissions


  • 2000 – B.A. Religious Studies, San Diego State University
  • 2003 – J.D. California Western School of Law


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  • I remember screaming at a dear friend of mine saying, “WHY WON’T THE INSURANCE COVER MY TREATMENT!” He said, “…because they know if they do it will increase your settlement.” I said, “WHAT SETTLEMENT! I JUST WANT TO GET TREATMENT! I DIDN’T ASK FOR A SETTLEMENT!” Somewhere I f...

    Mara Law Firm ClientSan Francisco

  • He represented me and many old CO-workers. They were very professional & I’d recommend them to anyone. Great Lawyers for the forgotten working man.

    ScottSan Francisco

  • I would definitely recommend David and really appreciated all the hard work he contributed. David really went the extra mile to help his customers. We were very happy and satisfied with his services. Thank you David!

    Mara Law Firm ClientSan Francisco

  • Mr. Mara was a pleasure to work with. He kept me in the loop. Can’t say enough how good it feels to have someone fighting for you, giving you a voice.

    AlbertSan Francisco

  • I was blown away by the results my case got. It far exceeded my expectations. Not only do you get someone who is a great professional; but he will fight for what you deserve. I was uncertain in the beginning; now I’m a believer. Mr. Mara is also personable. Lisa his paralegal was tremendous throughout the whole process. Sh...

    Jerome HarrisSan Francisco

  • Mr. Mara and his firm helped me file a claim for death benefits on behalf of my late husband. I was very pleased with his knowledge, research, and representation regarding my DBA claim for death benefits. I would absolutely recommend him and his associates to my friends, family, and others needing an attorney who specializes in ...

    Sally A ChandSan Francisco

  • Dave Mara did an outstanding job on my DBA case. Dave, I personally want to thank you for guiding me in the right direction and having a successful case outcome. God bless you for all the effort you put into my DBA case. Words can’t describe how thankful I am. Thank you for helping injured overseas contractors.

    Jim Joned San Francisco

  • Mr. Mara and his staff were very professional and I would highly recommend Mr. Mara. Mr. Mara had my best interests in settling my case and I am very appreciative of all he and his staff did for me. If I ever needed help or had simple questions, Mr. Mara and his staff were always available to take my calls and help me. Highly re...

    DebSan Francisco

  • Dave Mara comes with a very high recommendation. He took a workmans compensation case for me and really handled it well. It was an unclear case and a new issue that the WC most likely had never seen. He kept me up to date with the long confusing process and was very understanding and sympathetic to my plight (I was the victim of...

    Linda DSan Francisco

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