David C. McCuaig

Of Counsel

Attorney Dave McCuaig

Dave McCuaig was born in Brisbane, Australia, and raised in the Netherlands by an Irish father and Dutch mother. At age 14, his family won the Green Card lottery and moved to Los Angeles, California to live the American Dream.

After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Dave attended law school in Washington D.C. before returning to sunny Southern California. After fine-tuning his craft for several years with a Los Angeles-based firm, he realized his life long dream of founding and operating his own boutique business law firm. Dave founed his own firm in 2012, now operating as Sona Legal.

Dave has represented a diverse range of clients ranging from professional sports franchises and multi-billion dollar tech companies to local yoga studios and dog charities. All clients, no matter how big or small, are treated like family.

Dave assists T.Burd Law Group with its business formations and other corporate governance. Dave and Tara also work together on the Board of the Irish American Bar Association.


    State Bar of CaliforniaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of California


  • University of California - Bachelor of Arts, History
  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington D.C. - Juris Doctor

Active memberships

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Irish-American Bar Association

ABA Formal Advisory Opinion 90-357 defined “of counsel” as a “close, regular, personal relationship.” The California Supreme Court also adopted the ABA definition of “close, regular, personal, and continuous.” In discussing this aspect of the “of counsel” relationship, the court noted “the essence of the relationship between a firm and an attorney ‘of counsel’ to the firm is the closeness of the ‘counsel’ they share on client matters.” People ex rel. Department of Corrections v. Speedee Oil Change Systems, Inc., 20 Cal.4th 1135, 980 P.2d 371, 86 Cal.Rptr.2d 816 (Cal. 1999).

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