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do good work, and I’m a dependable go-to guy,” says David Mesa, a litiga-


tion attorney in Sedgwick LLP’s San Francisco offi ce. “When part- ners need something fast and done right, they go to me. Whatever it is, I’ll get it done. I’m like a Swiss Army knife that way.” Recently he worked with his


mentor, Sedgwick partner Michael Healy, on a case going to trial. “He essentially gave me the case,” says Mesa. “I took all the depositions, did all legwork, and prepped the experts for trial. I positioned the case so that a few days before trial we got a favorable settlement. Our client was very happy.” Mesa, a lawyer for seven years,


practices in the products liability group, defending automobile, medical device, and consumer product manufacturers. He is also part of the retail and fashion industry group representing retail- ers in litigation and counseling clients in compliance with state and local laws, regulations, and agency mandates. A San Francisco native of


mixed Asian descent, Mesa was one of six children his parents pushed to do well. “An A- or B+ was the equivalent to an F for my parents,” Mesa says. “T ey wanted straight A’s, varsity sports, student government, etc., and they usually got it.” His advice to new attorneys:


“Be involved. Be a good fi rm citizen. But be yourself, too. If you’re a homeboy from the East Bay area like me, be that. And


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be your biggest cheerleader. T is can be a challenge for Asians in particular. Our culture frowns on braggin g. But at fi rms if you don’t [talk about your accom- plishments], it’s like they never happened. I’ve learned to toot my horn tactfully.” D&B


Be a good firm citizen. But be yourself, too. If you’re a homeboy from the East Bay like me, be that.


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