David C. Erb is a Certified Family Law Specialist (certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization) and Partner in charge of the firm’s East Bay office. With a background in finance and business valuation, David specializes in family law matters that involve complex financial issues related to support and property division, including founder’s stock, stock options, restricted stock, venture capital interests and other business interests. David also has extensive experience in contested custody matters involving recommending mediation, custody evaluations and the appointment of a special master/parenting coordinator. In addition to his litigation practice, David serves as a consulting attorney to his clients who are attending mediation.
Before entering the legal field, Mr. Erb spent several years as a business valuation analyst, most recently at Burr, Pilger, Mayer, Inc. Mr. Erb prepared valuations for compliance, litigation and strategic purposes. His client base consisted of private and public companies across several industries, with a primary focus on technology companies.
During law school, Mr. Erb worked in the Private Equity Group at Silicon Valley Bank. At SVB he was a part of the Entrepreneur Services and Venture Capital Relationship Management Groups and helped with diligence and cross platform relationship efforts.
During his undergraduate studies in Finance at Santa Clara University, Mr. Erb worked in the group responsible for executive stock option trading at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (formerly Smith Barney).
Mr. Erb was recognized as a Super Lawyers® Northern California Rising Star from 2017-2021. He was named a Super Lawyer® in Northern California in 2022. Super Lawyers® is a third-party rating service, who evaluates attorneys based on twelve factors including peer recognition, professional achievements and community service. They award the Rising Star recognition to the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 or in practice for less than 10 years. The Super Lawyer® distinction is reserved for the top 5% of attorneys in Northern California.
Mr. Erb maintains a 10.0 “Superb” Avvo rating.
Mr. Erb was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Family Law Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association for the years 2014 – 2018. In 2017, Mr. Erb was elected to serve as the section President.
In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Mr. Erb was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the entire Contra Costa County Bar Association. He served as the Bar Association Secretary in 2021 and President-Elect in 2022, and he will be the Bar Association President in 2023.
Mr. Erb is admitted to practice in all California state courts, the United States District Court, Northern District of California and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth District.
Mr. Erb is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, Alameda County Bar Association, San Mateo County Bar Association and Santa Clara County Bar Association.
Mr. Erb received his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law in May 2010.
Mr. Erb earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce (Finance) from Santa Clara University in 2007.