David F. Sugerman Attorney, PC is a law practice dedicated to protecting consumers. The firm has had special success on structural cases—those rare, important cases that take on fundamental problems. Some of our major successes include a $409 million consumer fraud class action over BP for illegal debit card charges, an $85 million federal court win for Oregon veterans poisoned in Iraq by defense contractor KBR, and a multi-million dollar settlement against Comcast for illegally charging cable TV late fees.
David represents consumers. His practice spans a range of areas, with a focus on complex injury and consumer class action cases. David opened his solo law practice in January 2010. From 1991-2009, he practiced in the Portland law firm of Paul & Sugerman, PC. David is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Oregon.
David has had remarkable success as a trial lawyer. His most notable verdict, Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Products, was tried in state court. As lead counsel, David achieved a record-setting consumer class action verdict, with a judgment that will exceed $400 million. The case is ongoing.
In federal court, David was part of a trial team that obtained an $85 million verdict for a group of Oregon Army National Guard veterans poisoned in Iraq at a KBR work site. The case, Bixby v. KBR, has been refiled in Texas, following a remand from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
David received the Oregon State Bar President’s Award in 2008. David was admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2011. Martindale-Hubble gives David its highest peer review rating of 5.0.
David devotes a substantial portion of his professional time to pro bono activities. He advocates for consumer protection in the Oregon Legislature. He also trains and mentors young attorneys and speaks at legal education seminars. He has served on the Oregon Council on Court Procedures, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, and various boards and committees.
David completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, with a BA from the Plan II Honors Program. David completed his JD at Lewis & Clark. He is admitted in state and federal courts in Oregon.
Outside of work, David’s passions include cooking, good food, bourbon, and the joys and challenges of being a dad and husband.
Marla Pfaff has worked as our paralegal for over 10 years. Marla received her BA degree from Seattle University. She worked for 12 years as an insurance adjuster before working with David Sugerman.
Marla’s responsibilities run the gamut from case management and development to firm administration. She brings a rare combination of smarts, professionalism and commitment to the firm.
So how do we do it?
From those in the know, one of the frequent questions we get is how does a solo handle high-impact complex cases against the biggest of the big? There are a few secrets.
The main one is that we assemble, lead, and join teams of other like-minded small firms and solo lawyers. Our BP case, for example, involves a trial team of three solos, plus two additional firms. As lead counsel, David Sugerman directs the team. But the win would be impossible without the talented, strong, and lean team that we assembled for that case and for other consumer fraud class actions.
Some would describe our configuration as a form of disruption in the legal market. Whatever. The point is that our various teams consist of groups that can match up against any firm.
There are more secrets, of course. But that’s a big one.