David Mara

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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. Mr. 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 short list 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.


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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 found out that for some insurance companies they are more concerned with protecting their money. This means you are thinking about treatment and getting better while they are thinking about money. Get someone that is on your side that will fight for you. They fought for me…and won.

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  • He represented myself 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!

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