Daniel Cha joined LBAC in January 2009, and has focused on defending peace officers and public entities against claims of police misconduct, including allegations of excessive force, false arrest, malicious prosecution, First Amendment retaliation, and unconstitutional jail conditions. Mr. Cha has substantial experience litigating claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Bane Act (California Civil Code § 52.1), and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
In 2005, Mr. Cha earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from University of California, Los Angeles, with a minor in Political Science. Mr. Cha obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2008, having served on the Executive Board of the El Centro Legal Clinic. In addition, Mr. Cha was a member of the Moot Court Honors Program, earning an award for Outstanding Brief in the Fall 2007 competition. Mr. Cha also participated in the law school’s clinical trial advocacy program, representing clients in administrative hearings. Mr. Cha has clerked for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Hardcore Gang Division in Compton and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. He was also a research assistant to UCLA law professors Richard Abel and Joel Handler.
Mr. Cha has successfully briefed and argued a variety of appellate cases including, but not limited to: Forbes v. Villa (9th Cir. 2016), which affirmed the trial court’s judgment after a defense verdict in an excessive force case based on an incident that occurred in a courthouse holding facility; Bours v. City of Downey (9th Cir. 2015), which affirmed summary judgment in a wrongful death and excessive force case arising out of an officer-involved shooting of an axe-carrying Iraq War veteran; Yousefian v. City of Glendale, 779 F.3d 1010 (9th Cir. 2015), which affirmed summary judgment in a false arrest and malicious prosecution case arising out of plaintiff’s arrest, and the arresting officer’s subsequent intimate relationship with the plaintiff’s estranged wife; Ferraro v. Chang (Cal. Ct. App. 2014) which affirmed summary judgment in favor of the officer in an excessive force case against an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy arising out of the arrest of the plaintiff after a family domestic dispute; and Radwan v. County of Orange (9th Cir. 2013), which affirmed summary judgment as to several claims and the defense verdict on an excessive force claim in a false arrest and excessive force case against several Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Mr. Cha has substantial experience providing tactical and strategic support to lead trial counsel in numerous jury trials. Mr. Cha has also obtained dismissal of cases at the pleading and summary judgment stages by writing and arguing demurrers, motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. As an example, Mr. Cha successfully argued a demurrer in state court, which extended the applicability in state court of a Sheriff’s Eleventh Amendment immunity to claims under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Mr. Cha has also taken numerous depositions and prevailed in a significant number of discovery disputes, and is well versed in discovery procedures.
Bar Admissions and Memberships
State Bar of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California