David L. Milligan Esq.

Attorney since 1997

Location: Fresno, California
Phone: 559-439-7500
Fax: 888-730-2227
Email: Contact Me

I served in the United States Navy, Honorably Discharged in 1992. My military service included operations in the Gulf of Oman, throughout Asia, Central America and other locations. Thereafter obtaining an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies, Bachelors Degree in Pre-Law including emphasis in higher Mathematics and Physics (previously accepted into the Cal-Poly SLO Aeronautical Engineering Department, though not pursued), I obtained my Law Degree (Juris Doctorate) in 1997 (and invited to join the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review). Since then I have practiced Law throughout California, concentrating in the San Joaquin Valley with an emphasis in Personal Injury Litigation. Further, I am an Instrument Rated Pilot with over 1,000 hours flying time having served as a Pilot (and Pilot Award recipient) for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Search & Rescue Squadron having flown multiple active missions over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Finally, and most importantly, I am the very proud father of two intelligent and beautiful young ladies.

Professionally, I am a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Designated “Master Advocate” (Faculty Qualified) and “Advocate”; I have served as the President of the Central California Trial Lawyers Association (CCTLA); receiving two Presidential Awards from the CCTLA for “outstanding advocacy protecting the rights of consumers in civil litigation”; and am a 5+ consecutive year national Martindale-Hubbell Peer-Reviewed Civil Litigation Lawyer. During my tenure as President of CCTLA, I also attended the Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California. I am Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which limits its membership to “Trial Lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in Advocacy by achieving a Trial Verdict, award or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more.”

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1997


  • San Joaquin College of Law, Fresno, California
    • J.D. – 1997
    • Law Review: San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review
  • California State University
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law – 1993
    • Major: Mathematics and Physics
  • Fresno City College
    • A.A – 1991
    • Major: Liberal Studies


  • C.L.E. KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Substance Abuse – Detection, Prevention & Treatment, Stanislaus County Bar Association, 2013
  • Jury Selection Demonstration, San Joaquin College of Law, 2013
  • Panelist, “How to Successfully Handle the Under $25,000 Case”, Central California Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER – How to Deliver Effective Expert Witness Jury Trial Testimony, California Chiropractic Association, Central California Chapter, 2012

Honors And Awards

  • Designated “Master Advocate” (Faculty Qualified) National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), 2013
  • Designated “Advocate,” National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), 2012
  • Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating (Highest Possible), 2013
  • Recipient, Two CCTLA President’s Awards for – Outstanding Advocacy in Protecting Consumer’s Rights, 2003, 2004
  • Pilot Award recipient
  • 5+ consecutive year national Martindale-Hubbel Peer-Reviewed Civil Litigation Lawyer

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Central California Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, 1999 – Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member, 2010 – Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Fresno County Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1988 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Various Civil Trial Practitioners, Law Clerk, 1991 – 1997
  • United States Navy, Petty Officer, 1985 – 1992
  • Fresno City Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk, 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • Civil Rights Attorney (Pro Bono Publico) at United States District Court Pro Bono Publico Panel Civil Rights Attorney, 2011 – Present
  • Search & Rescue Pilot (Volunteer) at Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Aero Squadron, 2001 – 2004