David C. Boatwright

Name: Mr. David C. Boatwright
Phone: 619-525-3863
Fax: 619-744-5482
Email: dcb@procopio.com
Web: www.procopio.com
Address: 530 B Street, Suite 2100 San Diego, California 92101


Professional Summary

David Boatwright practices in the areas of transactional business and tax matters, including general business and contractual matters, partnership and joint venture arrangements (including private equity funds), limited liability companies and real estate acquisitions, development, finance, exchange and sale.   

Prior to joining Procopio, David served as Chair of the San Diego tax practice at Latham & Watkins for over a decade.

Representative Matters

David has extensive experience with strategic joint ventures, ranging in value from a few million dollars to over a billion dollars. 

Representative strategic joint-venture transactions

Representation of the owner of 2,000 acres of local land, which was contributed to a partnership with a publicly traded home builder for development of a mixed-use residential community;

Representation of the pension trust for a Fortune 100 company in acquiring and selling a number of downtown high-rise office towers;

Representation of the owner of land around San Diego's Petco Park that contributed the land into different ventures with different partners for development and operation of hotels and condominiums (including the first joint hotel/condo project in San Diego and one of the first in the country);

Representation of a non-profit company that entered into a “synthetic” joint venture for development of high-rise condominium complexes on land owned by the client;

Representation of a developer and operator of senior-living communities in entering into a joint venture with a large foreign investor; and

Representation of a publicly traded company that contributed land into a joint venture for development and operation of the largest truck stop in America.

David received his B.S. in Accounting from Northern Arizona University in 1978 and his JD from Pepperdine University in 1981, where he was co-valedictorian and a member of the Pepperdine Law Review.  He is admitted to practice in California, Colorado and Oregon, and is admitted to appear before all state courts in those jurisdictions. David is also admitted to practice before the Federal District Court for the Southern District of California, the Federal Claims Court and the US Tax Court, and before all federal and California administrative agencies with jurisdiction over tax matters.  He is certified by The California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Taxation Law.

David is recognized by numerous publications as one of the top transactional and tax lawyers in San Diego (e.g., San Diego Magazine’s annual Best Lawyers issue since 2005) and one of the best lawyers in America (11th-17th Editions of Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc.).  In 2007, 2008 and 2009, he was selected for inclusion in the Southern California Super Lawyers® - San Diego list for Real Estate.

In addition to his legal practice, David is very active in the San Diego community.  He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Monarch School Project, an organization that is dedicated to providing homeless and at-risk children with an accredited education while caring for their basic needs.  David also serves as a Director of Common Sense California, an organization dedicated to strengthening representative democracy in California state and local government.  He is a member of The Board of Visitors for Pepperdine University School of Law and is also an Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America.


Practicing Since: 1981
License Information:

Admissions:  California, Colorado, Oregon

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating:  AV®


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