David Lash co-teaches Introduction to the Lawyer-Client Relationship. He is the Managing Counsel for Pro Bono and Public Interest Services at O’Melveny & Myers LLP where he oversees the firm’s national and international pro bono program. His background and skills includes complex business litigation including trial and appellate representation, real estate matters, corporate governance, board relations, labor and employment, and all areas of public policy and community relations. Under his leadership, O’Melveny’s pro bono program has received the American Bar Association’s prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award and consistently has been recognized as one of the top 10 pro bono programs in the United States.
Prior to joining O’Melveny, David was executive director of Bet Tzedek, one of the largest and most successful non-profit legal services agencies in the United States. He has been named by California Lawyer as an Attorney of the Year, as one of the country’s top 500 lawyers by LawDragon, and he is a recipient of the prestigious Rose L. Schiff Commitment to Justice Award from Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Additionally, he was named the UCLA School of Law Community Service Alumnus of the Year in May 2016. He is a frequent contributor to publications around the country and a frequent guest speaker on issues related to access to justice, legal aid, combating poverty, and more.
Lash earned his B.A. in History summa cum laude from UCLA with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and his J.D. from UCLA where he was a member of UCLA Law Review.