Hold On, the Sam & Dave-Loving David 'Mad Dog' Munoz is Coming

Discovery with David J. Munoz

Published in 2020 San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine

My nickname is … Mad Dog. I was pushing really hard to get some medical records in a motion-to-compel hearing—this was my first hearing—and a group of older lawyers heard me arguing. As I was walking out, one of them stopped me and said, “What do they call you—‘Mad Dog’ Muñoz?” It’s funny because it’s so opposite of my personality.

I can’t go a day without … music. 

If you were in my office, you’d … raid the candy bowl. 

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … integrity over everything.

My pretrial routine is … listening to a lot of ’60s R&B.

My courtroom walk-up music would be … “Hold On, I’m Comin’” by Sam & Dave.

When I started, I wish I knew … that I would never know everything, and no one else does, either.

My career high point (so far) has been … my first trial. I represented three African American gentlemen—two had recently been released from prison—while the defendant was an active-duty Marine who had just come back from Afghanistan. He went out drinking and caused an accident with my clients. The defendant’s insurance company thought that a jury would believe their client over mine, but sometimes justice prevails. 'I almost quit the law because … dispensaries seem to be doing really well. 

The SCOTUS justice I’d most like to meet is … Thurgood Marshall. America as we know it would not be the same without his advocacy in Brown v. Board of Education.

The SCOTUS decision I’d most like to overturn is … District of Columbia v. Heller. It made me throw my con law book across the room.

I can’t believe more people haven’t read … Cash: The Autobiography by Johnny Cash.

I can do a pretty good impersonation of … someone who isn’t about to lose it when they find out someone is being dishonest.

The talent I wish I had is … JT’s moves. Although he did recognize my moves at a concert once. Ask him.

My motto is … “Don’t start by telling yourself ‘No.’” 

I wish I had invented … Actually, I invented a few things but didn’t act. Later, I saw those things being advertised by someone else. Ideas are great. Actions are better. 

The books I just don’t get are … many of the classics. Did anyone actually enjoy David Copperfield? I tried to re-read some later in life and realized why I didn’t like them in school. 

My favorite news source is ... Newsy.

The question I’m tired of answering is ... “Can I sue for a million bucks for something stupid?"

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