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David H. Lawton

David Lawton is a litigation attorney who focuses his practice on toxic torts, environmental law, general civil litigation and appellate matters. His environmental litigation experience includes matters involving the Compensation Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act ("CERCLA"), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA"), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act ("MSA"), the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") and the Administrative Procedure Act ("APA").

David is currently a member of our superfund litigation team in City of Colton v. American Promotional Events, Inc. -West, et al. (consolidated cases) where we represent clients in both federal and state court litigation involving perchlorate and other contamination in the Rialto-Colton Basin.

Prior to joining The Gallagher Law Group, David was the managing attorney for Hualalai Legal Group, LLP and ran a busy trial and appellate practice. He has over 12 years of trial experience.


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Johnson & Wales University, Bachelor of Science
  • International Law Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Admitted to Practice:

  • State of Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
  • State of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Professional Associations:

  • California Bar Association; Environmental Law and Litigation sections
  • Board of Directors, Hawaii Montessori School, 2005 -2007 (President - 2006, 2007)
  • Board of Directors, Southwestern University Native American Law Student Association


  • Managing Editor, The Advocates - Southwestern Law School, 1998-1999
  • Writer, Commentator - Southwestern Law School, 1998

Contact David

California Office
Watt Plaza
1925 Century Park East, Suite 950
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Telephone: 310-203-2664
Fax: 310-203-2610

Hawaii Office
73-5574 Maiau Street, Suite 1(B)
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Telephone: 808-329-4811


“Tom [Bloomfield] has successfully represented us in several complex, cutting edge environmental, administrative law and litigation matters.  His strategic and legal analysis is stellar.  He consistently secures desired outcomes through incisive analysis of difficult technical issues, effective communication, integrity, and extraordinary dedication.”


Watt Plaza
1875 Century Park East
Suite 1550
Los Angeles, CA 90067

310-203-2600 tel
310-203-2610 fax


2060 Broadway
Suite 280
Boulder, CO 80302

303-800-6900 tel
303-800-6910 fax


73-5574 Maiau Street
Suite 1(B)
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

808-329-4811 tel



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