David has over 30 years of experience representing people in the civil justice system. He started his solo practice in 2010 and expanded it in 2019. David has had notable multi-million dollar verdicts in Oregon courts. He has tried a wide range of cases, including class actions, dangerous products, toxic contamination, consumer protection, injury, and employment cases.
David served as lead counsel in Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Products, LLC, a trial court win of over $400 million that was fully affirmed on appeal. That case arose out of BP’s illegal debit card charges at Oregon ARCO stations. It eventually resulted in a payout of $185 per consumer to over 1.7 million consumers, together with major funding for Oregon Legal Aid and Oregon Consumer Justice, a new Oregon consumer advocacy center.
David is an adjunct law professor at Lewis and Clark Law School. David serves on the board of Public Justice Foundation. David served for many years on the board and various committees of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.
David spends more time than he should on Twitter (@davidsug) where he offers an unfiltered view of the civil justice system, Oregon law and politics, and the occasional commentary on his beloved Portland Timbers.
Chelsea was admitted to practice in Colorado in 2012 and in Oregon in 2019. Chelsea received her law degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she focused on human rights and the international legal order. Before joining the Sugerman Law Office in 2019, Chelsea’s practice focused exclusively on human rights and federal immigration law. In addition to bringing her immigration case load into our firm, Chelsea takes an active role in our consumer protection class action practice. She currently serves on the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Legislative Committee; the Oregon Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts as a Resource Council Member, and as a State Ambassador for Public Justice.
Before attending law school, Chelsea worked with UNICEF in Panamá, facilitating workshops on women’s empowerment in indigenous communities. She also trained in the United States Marine Corps from 2003-2007, graduating first in her company at Officer Candidate School. During her undergraduate studies at the University of San Diego, Chelsea received a scholarship to study Philosophy at Oxford University.
Outside of work, Chelsea relishes her life as a mother to her growing boy. Chelsea also devotes much of her time to community organizing, and empowering people with knowledge and tools to effectuate social change. When she’s not doing any of that, Chelsea is likely to be on the soccer field, practicing yoga, or gathering wild plants in the woods.
Marla is the backbone of the firm and handles everything from managing the day-to-day work of the firm to case details and case development. Marla graduated from the Seattle University in 1987. She worked for 12 years as an insurance adjuster. Marla joined David’s practice over 15 years ago. David admires her grit and never-say-die attitude.
In her spare time, Marla is a hasher with Stumptown Hash House Harriers. She enjoys time spent cooking for her friends and family, gardening and her bulldog, Lucy.