David Tillotson

David B. Tillotson


(415) 957-1800

(415) 974-1520

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David is a partner in Leland, Parachini. David’s practice focuses on litigation matters, as well as day-to-day business counseling for long-time clients for whom he acts as general counsel. He has considerable experience litigating real estate disputes through trial and on appeal.  He has litigated contractor payment claims, construction defect claims, nondisclosure claims, boundary disputes, easement disputes, commercial commission disputes, partition and dissolution actions, specific performance actions, and partnership disputes involving real estate assets. He has represented brokers, owners, landlords, and tenants in a wide variety of commercial and residential contexts.  In addition to his real estate work, David also has substantial experience with general business litigation matters as well as prosecuting and defending intellectual property disputes. David also handles trust litigation and has been appointed as Special Master in complex trust litigation by the San Francisco Superior Court.

He received his B.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983, and in 1990 received his J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a member of the law review. David joined Leland in 2011 and is part of the firm’s litigation group. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar’s Real Property Law and Litigation sections, and the Bar Association of San Francisco. He is admitted to practice in the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of the U.S. District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Business & Corporate Transactions

General Counsel Services

Real Estate & Construction

Year Joined Organization


Bar Admissions

California U.S. District Court Northern District of California U.S. District Court Central District of California U.S. District Court Eastern District of California U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California, 1990 J.D.

Law Review: University of San Francisco Law Review, Member

University of California at Berkeley, 1983 B.S.

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of California Member

State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section Member

State Bar of California, Litigation Section Member

Bar Association of San Francisco Member