- Columbia University, (B.A., magna cum laude)
- Stanford Law School (J.D.)
Clients seek out Davida Brook for her litigation savvy, intellectual acuity, and her ability to persuade judges, juries, and arbitrators with clarity, conviction, and confidence. Her repeated wins are attributable to her willingness to spend time unearthing every stone in her clients’ cases, gaining a deep understanding of the facts of the case and the underlying law.
Named one of the Top Women Lawyers in California in 2017 and 2021 and one of the Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in California in 2018, by The Daily Journal and a Next Generation Leader in Tech Law by The Recorder (2018, ALM), Ms. Brook’s practice focuses on commercial litigation at every level, and ranges from two-party business and employment disputes to complex, multi-party and class action cases involving securities, contract, and patent law. Ms. Brook is also well known for her work related to defamation and intellectual property.
Ms. Brook has worked on some of the country’s most cutting edge, prominent cases. Working pro bono, she successfully represented Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers in litigation brought to try and prevent the counting of every legally cast vote in the 2020 presidential election. Two of those cases were dismissed after Brook and her team filed motions to dismiss. A third case, brought by Donald Trump in Wisconsin against Governor Evers, was dismissed following a bench trial in which Brook and her team represented the Governor.
Ms. Brook is currently handling several important defamation cases on behalf of well-known clients, including billionaire hedge fund founder Louis Bacon, and the former CEO of Tinder Greg Blatt. She also represented actress Amber Heard in a defamation lawsuit brought by Johnny Depp.
In 2021, Ms Brook and her co-lead counsel filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News Network on behalf of Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion accuses Fox News of making false claims that Dominion rigged the 2020 Presidential Election – these claims caused a significant decline in Dominion’s business. The case, which has been covered by major news outlets like The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and The Daily Beast, is in early stages.
In 2018 Ms. Brook obtained a $25 million verdict for her client, Steve Lamar, after a three-week trial in LA Superior Court on his claims he was owed royalties from music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine on the sale of Beats Electronics headphones. Ms. Brook’s contributions to the case included a multi-day direct examination of leadoff witness Steve Lamar, and paving the way for trial by convincing the California Court of Appeal to reverse an earlier summary judgment order that had dismissed much of the case. Click here for a profile on Ms. Brook’s contribution to the case written by legal news publication, The Recorder.
In 2015, Ms. Brook was an integral part of a legal team that represented a class of 7,000 limited partners who invested in oil and gas limited partnerships and alleged that they voted to divest themselves of their partnership rights based on false and misleading statements and omissions in defendants’ proxy statements, losing millions in the process. After three years of hard-fought litigation, Ms. Brook’s team obtained a $37.5 million settlement for the class, with the class receiving $24.5 million).
Background & Dedication to the Community
In addition to her robust docket of cases, Ms. Brook actively participates in a range of legal and philanthropic organizations in Los Angeles and nationwide such as the Federal Bar Association, of which she is Board Member. During her time at Stanford Law School, Ms. Brook co-founded Building a Better Legal Profession, a national organization that promotes diversity within the legal profession by compiling and publishing data on law firms’ commitment to the retention and promotion of women and minority attorneys. Ms. Brook remains deeply committed to inclusiveness of women and people of color and promotes that commitment in her role as Co-Chairperson of Susman Godfrey’s Employment Committee.
Prior to joining Susman Godfrey, Ms. Brook served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before law school, Ms. Brook worked at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, where she helped develop a groundbreaking program designed to engage students at Historically Black, Hispanic, and Christian Colleges in political activism. As an attorney, Ms. Brook regularly draws on her experience in grassroots political engagement to understand the needs of her clients and the points of view of opposing counsel, courts, and juries.
Ms. Brook is admitted to practice in California and the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California.