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David A. Winkle Attorney at Law
Irvine Office
714-972-1404 fax
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Bar Admissions

  • California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1989


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California (J.D., 1985)
  • Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (B.A., 1982)

David A. Winkle

David A. Winkle is a Partner in the Irvine office of Murchison & Cumming, LLP and serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Health Law practice group.  Mr. Winkle focuses his practice in the areas of health law and related litigation, including staff privileges and disputes, professional liability defense, and employment law.  He regularly defends hospitals, doctors and other medical providers and professionals in medical malpractice actions.  Mr. Winkle is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • National Health Lawyers Association
  • California Society for Health Care Attorneys
  • American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, American Hospital Association
  • Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Managers

Published Works

  • "Withholding and/or Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment - Policies and Procedures", May, 1991
  • "Malpractice Cap Limits Injury Compensation", Orange County Business Journal, Special Health Care Report, February, 1994
  • "Keeping the Lid on Malpractice Damages", LACMA Physician, June, 1996
  • "Healthcare Provider Liability . . . Some Wind is Taken Out of the Sails of MICRA", CC&F's Legal Update, Winter, 1991
  • "Preserving the Integrity of MICRA's $250,000 Non-Economic Damages Cap", C&C's Legal Update, Summer, 1993
  • "California Supreme Court Limits Hospital Employers' Liability for Employees' Sexual Misconduct", C&C's Legal Update, Spring, 1996
  • Case Contributor, National Health Lawyers Association's Health Law Digest

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • "Nursing Documentation," Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA, October 14, 2011
  • “Depositions: Preparation Makes All the Difference,” Tenet Healthcare’s Annual Risk Management Quality Assurance Meeting
  • "Legal Pitfalls of an Obstetrician's Practice", Mission & Community Hospitals of Huntington Park
  • "Cardinal Rules of Depositions", Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center, Monterey Park Hospital
  • "Informed Consent -- What Every Physician Needs to Know," Chapman Med. Ctr., Monterey Park Hosp., Santa Ana Hosp. Med. Ctr., Mission & Community Hospitals of Huntington Park, Tenet Health System, Western Med. Centers, Anaheim & Santa Ana, Fountain Valley Regional Hosp. & Med. Ctr., 1996
  • "Medical Documentation-Your Best Defense", Western Medical Center, Anaheim, and Coastal Communities Hospital
  • "OB Documentation-Your Best Defense", Placentia Linda Hospital
  • "Medical Documentation-The Key to Your Defense", Western Medical Center, Santa Ana
  • "The ABC's of Peer Review", Chapman Medical Center
  • "The Medical Record Review", Western Medical Center, Anaheim
  • "Legal Implications of VBAC Deliveries", Rancho Springs Medical Center
  • "Medical Documentation and Consents", Coastal Communities Hospital
  • "Informed Consent and DNR Orders", Placentia Linda Hospital
  • "EMTALA: A Physician's Survival Guide", Western Medical Center/Santa Ana
  • "Dynamite Documentation", Valley Hospital Medical Center, Las Vegas, Placentia-Linda Hospital
  • "Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation Case Study", Tenet Healthcare Counsel Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • "Managing the Risk - Prelitigation", Tenet's Regional Meeting of Directors of Risk Management and Quality Assurance
  • "Avoiding Spoilation of Evidence Claims", Woodruff Community Hospital
  • "Informed Consent -- Potential Physician Liability", Coastal Communities Hospital
  • "Medical Documentation in a Hospital Setting", Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical
  • "The Medical Record: A Physician's or Nurse's Best Defense", Chapman Medical Center
  • "Peer Review and California Evidence Code § 1157", Mission and Community Hospitals of Huntington Park