About David

About the Blog Title Photo – Point Lobos near Carmel, California with Pebble Beach in background.

Dave Head Shot

I am a trial lawyer in Arizona.  Today, I am in my 69th year, so time is of the essence. I have been a lawyer for 36 years.  After four years of vagabond counterculture life from 1971 to 1975, on the road from the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza to working as a fry cook in Waikiki and points between from Miami in the South to Vermont in the North, in 1976 I went to law school at the University of Kansas.  After obtaining my J.D., I then worked as a tax accountant for the international accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co. in the seventies long before it fell in the Enron scandal in the nineties.  I obtained my CPA certification back then, but have been inactive since then, practicing law instead. In the eighties, I was a corporate, securities and tax transactions lawyer in Beverly Hills, doing most of the transaction work marshaling assets for the Estate of Marvin Gaye and drafting for Hal Wallis, the producer of the film Casablanca and the Elvis Presley films among many others, his last literary purchase agreement to purchase the play of a young playwright in NYC Wallis wanted to help.  Wallis was too old then to actually produce a film, and he died a year later. While in LA, I studied acting for two years, working part-time at the law firm, at a wonderful professional acting studio, the Loft Studio, with a then famous teacher, Peggy Feury, who besides me, taught Lily Tomlin (who would come into our class to practice in her sweat clothes for her Broadway play, and we would leave for her to work privately with Peggy), Sean Penn, Nick Cage, Meg Ryan and others while I was there.  I obtained my SAG card.  One Friday, Peggy came to me and told me with a big smile that she was so proud of me, and thought I was ready for any role.  I was surprised, and excited of course.  I did not think she liked my acting.  Two weeks later, Peggy died suddenly and tragically in a fiery car wreck.  We mourned together at her home, with her husband, and family and Hollywood people like Jack Nicholson and Burgess Meredith and other friends of Peggy and her husband Bill Traylor.  After much soul-searching and seeking the Lord, I took that tragedy as a sign for me that God meant for me to remain a lawyer and give up the quest. I moved to Carmel, California, becoming a trial lawyer there.  I had the pleasure of presenting a real estate matter before the Carmel City Council presided by then mayor, Clint Eastwood.  Most significantly, I met and married Susan in Carmel.  I won my first jury trial there in 1989 and shortly thereafter, Susan and I moved to Arizona in 1990 where we could likely afford a house, unlike Carmel.  In 1990 I started from scratch with no clients, the solo law office in Arizona where I continue my law practice, though less so today as I am on senior status with my one man firm.  Susan has been my paralegal for these 27 years we have been married, and many times has been “employee of the month.”  Together with the Lord’s continued blessings, we have managed to raise our son 26 year old son, Wyatt, who now is Director of Digital Media for Virginia Senator Mark Warner in Washington, DC.

While worldly vocation helps to identify us and sustain us and our families, of course, most significantly and essential to my life, and for me, the true source of sustenance and direction physically and spiritually, I have been a Christian since 1971 when I first believed while reading a hotel King James Bible in a cottage in Woodmont, Connecticut while studying philosophy at Yale.  God has blessed me with a rich and interesting life, a loving family, and more years than my father had, for which I am thankful to God.  Today, daily Bible reading, prayer, and devotions are the greatest blessing in my days in this world, a discipline I was regrettably unable to make a daily priority until I was 54.  For recreation, I like to read and write and watch politics, news and sports on TV.  I sing, play guitar and keyboards/piano.  Not so much music these days, because when I play music, I want to drop everything, hit the road and become a professional musician. Not in this life!

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My 2005 spiritual memoir, My Faith-Based Life and the Language of Heaven is here:

Spiritual Memoir

My wife Susan’s inspiring testimony is here:

Susan Larkin’s Testimony

Making music has been very important in my life.  Here are some samples:

First, a music video I made on Christmas day, 2012.   It is a slide show of my two families, the family of my youth growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, and the family of my adulthood in Arizona.  I recorded “Goin’ Back,” a Carol King song, in 2002 in a Scottsdale recording studio, singing the vocals and overdubbed harmonies, and playing my 1969 Gibson J-50 acoustic, and overdubbing my vocals.

Next is a music video I made a in March 2012 using Windows Movie Maker, a simple work. I wrote the song, “Summer Girls” in 1988. I was trying to write a Motown-like ballad. I did not finish the song, but the song and the recording came out alright. I played all the instruments and sang all the vocals overdubbing with a 4-Track Portostudio in my bedroom in Carmel, California in 1988.

Photo of David and Susan Larkin at Yale reunion in New Haven, Connecticut – 2005 [I have lost 45 pounds since these two photos were taken on doctor’s orders after diagnosis of adult onset Diabetes II.  Self-control is easier with serious health control, though never easy.  Click here for a essay on self-control I posted after the diagnosis]:

David and Susan Larkin – Christmas 2013 in Arizona

Dave and Sue Christmas

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Responses

  1. Great taste in music! The Piaf film was
    a marvel (merveil?) – I need to watch it about 5 times more. Impossible not to adore this woman and her signing; impossible to not be a Cotillard
    fan.

    I like the combination of spiritual/cultural/political
    in your blog. Think of linking the Hollies “The Air that I breathe?”

  2. Hey Dave:

    Thanks for posting this. I have a slightly different take on some of these events, but that’s no surprise. I bought that red VW bug from you in New Haven, after the #3 exhaust valve had burned out. I towed it to my parents’ house in the suburbs, fixed it up, then sold it (for $50.00) to a neighbor who was going to drive it to California. He got as far as the Sierra Nevada, when it died. I think he’s still mad at me!

    Do you remember how you ended up at law school in Lawrence, Kansas? I have a version of that, too.

    Best,

    Paul

  3. Bravo, Bravissimo, David.
    Most impressed by your creation.
    Best,
    Jose

  4. Sign me up


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