David Balfour has nearly two decades of experience representing clients in the healthcare sector on a wide range of issues including medical staff peer review proceedings, licensing proceedings, writ proceedings, State and Federal Court civil litigation, and related appellate proceedings.  He represents hospitals, health systems, health plans, medical staffs, medical groups, and individual healthcare providers regarding litigation risks and best practices to avoid litigation exposure.

Additionally, David has represented numerous healthcare and ancillary care professionals before the various licensing boards of the State of California, including the Medical Board of California, the Board of Psychology, the Board of Behavioral Sciences, the Dental Board, the Board of Registered Nursing, the Pharmacy Board, and others.  He has also represented physicians in connection with delistment proceedings by health insurers. 

David has been included as an author in the 2019 Update for the CEB California Administrative Mandamus text on the topic of Procedures Unique to Special Writ Proceedings as it relates to Actions Involving the Medical Board of California.



  • Represented Medical Staff of medical center in interactions with senior physician with competency concerns leading to the physician’s graceful retirement from practice.
  • Defended hospital in litigation brought by physician whose medical staff privileges were terminated due to failure to comply with board certification requirements, resulting in physician’s dismissal of lawsuit after filing of anti-SLAPP motion.
  • Represented chiropractor, owner of more than 30 chiropractic clinics, in prosecution by the Chiropractic Board for violation of corporate practice of chiropractic medicine allegations.  Hearing before administrative law judge resulted in complete dismissal of all charges, and administrative law judge’s decision adopted as the order of the board.
  • Defended physician in investigation and subsequent accusation by Medical Board of California following his arrest and conviction for DUI with aggravating circumstances, resulting in a complete dismissal of accusation following administrative hearing.
  • Represented pain management physician in investigation by the Medical Board of California relating to death of patient from opioid use and the subsequent closing of file/investigation without further action.


Speaking Engagements


Community & Professional

California Public Protection & Physician Health, Inc., Advisory Attorney to the California Physician Wellbeing Committees

American College of Healthcare Executives, San Diego Chapter, Legal Counsel (2016-2017)

California Academy of Attorneys for Healthcare Professionals, President (2016-2017)

California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, Member

San Diego County Bar Association, Law & Medicine Committee, Co-Chair (2006 – 2010)

California Association Medical Staff Services, Member

Community Activities

Genesis International Orphanage Foundation, President - Board of Directors


Honors & Recognitions

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for 2018

Top-Rated Lawyer by Avvo for 2018

Top Lawyers in San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2013-2017



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