David Ernst

Backus & Ernst, LLP

Personal Injury Lawyer | Serving Los Angeles, CA

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444 S. Flower Street , Suite 2160
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Thoughtful, Aggressive and Passionate Trial Lawyers

Over the last three decades, Backus & Ernst, LLP attorneys have successfully represented corporations, partnerships and individuals. We bring tremendous insight and experience into winning cases for our clients. B&E attorneys are committed to each case and maintain a strong commitment to achieving results. Clients can rest assured that they have thoughtful, aggressive and passionate trial lawyers protecting their rights. B&E has built a reputation of achieving its clients’ goals promptly and cost-effectively.

Client matters are handled principally by one of the firm’s partners, rather than being delegated to inexperienced or inefficient junior lawyers. Attaining the client’s objectives is the firm’s top priority and it has achieved outstanding results reflective of the firm’s experience, knowledge, and client service. Our experience combined with our dedication to achieving the best case results possible for our clients makes our law firm an outstanding choice.

Contact Backus & Ernst, LLP today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Personal Injury

  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Real Estate
  • Construction

Call Backus & Ernst, LLP today at 213-777-1777 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Stephen L. Backus


  • U.S. District Court, Central District
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit
  • State of California

Admitted To The Bar:

  • California


  • Pepperdine Law School
    • J.D., 1980
  • Colgate University 
    • B.A., 1973

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Arbitration Association – Commercial Panel Neutral
  • Building Industry Association
  • Defense Research Institute – Member, Construction Section
  • California Association of Realtors – Legal Affairs Forum
  • California Association of realtors Risk Management Institute

Attorney David D. Ernst


  • U.S. District Court, Central District
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit
  • State of California

Admitted To The Bar:

  • California


  • University of Arizona
    • J.D., 1990
  • University of Illinois
    • B.S., 1983


$8.8 million settlement for industrial subcontractor

$5.7 million settlement for personal injury plaintiff

$3.0 million jury verdict for commercial landlord

Represented plaintiff in wrongful death from automobile accident

Represented plaintiff in wrongful death from improperly performed medical procedure

Defense verdict at trial at trial for mining operator in $17 million real estate, construction and environmental claim

Defense verdict at trial involving real estate broker’s alleged liability for agent’s fraudulent loan scheme

Summary judgment for defendant school district for alleged failure to supervise students

Summary judgment for defense school district on claim of alleged dangerous conditions

Summary judgment for defendant in multi-million dollar bad faith claim

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