David Weil has a background unique among attorneys, with considerable practical experience as a commercial mariner, a yachtsman, and as a financial professional.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Weil worked for ten years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, fishing out of Kodiak and Dutch Harbor in the Tanner and King Crab fisheries, and on herring and salmon boats in Kodiak and Prince William Sound. By 1983 he had worked his way up to captain, and over the next few years he operated several processor-owned crab boats and tenders ranging from 86 to 100 feet in length. He retired from fishing to complete his college education, and graduated from California State University Long Beach in 1987 with a Degree in Professional Accountancy.
Over the next several years, he pursued a career in accounting and finance while continuing to work as a licensed commercial mariner, operating yachts and work boats professionally throughout Southern California. He continued his pursuit of these dual careers until entering Loyola Law School in Los Angeles 1991. While in law school, Mr. Weil continued to work in the finance industry, developing a wide range of experience in lending and in the operation of small to medium sized businesses. Upon graduating from law school in 1995, he drew on this wide range of practical experience and formed the law firm which is now known as Weil & Associates.
Over the past decade, Mr. Weil has become a respected member of California's professional yachting, maritime, and real estate brokerage communities. He is an adjunct professor of Admiralty Law at Loyola Law School, and a "Proctor in Admiralty" Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is the former legal counsel to the California Yacht Brokers Association, and he works closely with members of the South Pacific States Region of the National Association of Marine Surveyors and with other industry groups. He has a very good working relationship with the Yacht and Ship Division of the California Department of Boating and Waterways, with the Vessel Use Tax Division of the California Board of Equalization, and with buyers and sellers of vessels and real property of every description. His background in finance and accounting also provides the skill and experience necessary to represent the legal needs of his clients' business operations, and this has led to his representation of many small to medium sized businesses in a wide range of industries throughout California.
In 2004, Mr. Weil expanded his practice when he became the only licensed attorney in the United States to be licensed as a California Yacht Broker. His practice expanded further a short time later when he obtained his California Real Estate Broker’s license. Both licenses offer him a window into these industries that is not afforded to other attorneys and that comes only through practical, hands on experience in the underlying transactions. Through his involvement in scores of these transactions, he is uniquely qualified to represent his clients, whether they are in the middle of a dispute or they seek to avoid a dispute.
Professional Activities and Memberships
Professor of Maritime Law, Loyola Law School (
- Former Legal Counsel to the California
Yacht Broker's Association
- California licensed yacht broker. Only Attorney in the United States to be recognized as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker.
- California licensed real estate broker. Broker Member, Scenic Coast Association of Realtors, Morro Bay, CA
- Life Member, Beta Gamma Sigma Collegiate Honors Business Fraternity
- “Proctor in Admiralty” Member, Maritime
Law Association of the United States.
Committee Member and Program Chair, Admiralty
and Maritime Law Section of the Long Beach Bar Association
Association of Marine Surveyors
- Affiliate Member, American
Vessel Documentation Association
- Former elected
member, Loyola Law School Alumni Board of Governors.
- Coast Guard Licensed Master of Motor, Sail,
and Towing Vessels to 200 Gross Tons.