David E. Karlin

David E. Karlin

Tustin, California

David E. Karlin is a California attorney with a primary focus on ADA defense, Business and Real Estate Litigation and Transactional matters, Vehicular Accidents and legal issues involving Japan. A local of the Tustin area, David E. Karlin, prior to attending Law School, David lived in rural Japan working with the local community and municipal government. In 2011 David E. Karlin graduated from Chapman University Fowler School of Law. Since becoming a lawyer, David has continued his work with local governments in Japan as well as private citizens to achieve strong resolutions to issues focused on business and real estate in Japan.  

Since 2013 David E. Karlin's primary focus has been working to defend small businesses and property owners from on-going abuse of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)> With over 300 cases defended, including in the Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of the Federal Court where he is also admitted, David E. Karlin has helped hundreds of small businesses and property owners fight back in ADA lawsuits and has help work with hundreds of businesses and properties to bring their businesses and properties into compliance to ward off potential ADA lawsuits.

In addition, since 2014 David E. Karlin has also been a California licensed Real Estate Broker to better serve clients in real estate matters such as ADA Defense, partition Action Litigation, For Sale by Owner  private home sales and Residential and Commercial Leasing. David E. Karlin's past, current and future focus is, and has always been, working together with the small businesses and people of Southern California to help with their legal issues and protect them from abusive litigation.

David E. Karlin also has a strong familiarity of the video game industry, having worked as a writer for 1UP.com and other video game publications in his youth and works together with Michael J. Karlin in matters of Entertainment Law with a focus on Videogame Law.   

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Real Estate
  • Residential Home Purchases
  • Personal Injury (Motor Vehicle Accidents)
  • ADA Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California


  • Chapman University School of Law, Orange, California
    • J.D. - 2011
  • University of California, Irvine, California
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Major: Japanese language & Literature

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • OCBA

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of L. Scott Karlin, Law Clerk, 2006 - 2011
  • Ziff Davis Media, Freelance Writer, 2005 - 2006
  • Kizukuri Board of Education, Japan, Assistant Language Teacher, 2004 - 2005
  • 1UP.com, Writer


  • English
  • Japanese