Attorneys & Staff


David J. Farling
David Farling

David serves as the Managing Partner at Farling, Hecht & Davis, LLP. He hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated Magna Cum Laude from York College. Thereafter, he obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Santa Clara Law School. Following his admission to the California State Bar, he enrolled in the University of California, Hastings College of Law Trial Advocacy program and was awarded certification there. David is licensed to practice before the United States District Court for Northern California and is a member of the American, California and Santa Clara County Bar Associations. Professional memberships include the California Consumer Attorneys Association and the American Consumer Attorneys Association.

David has amassed over 25 years of Personal Injury and Tort experience, having successfully resolved over 4,000 cases by way of settlement, award, or judgment. These cases involved clients who sustained injuries as a result of auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and falls, dog attacks, assault and battery, premises liability negligence, general negligence, and wrongful death. David has recently secured large sums of money for his clients, including a $3 million settlement resulting from a lawsuit against a well-known national restaurant chain.


David also serves as co-owner of the famed Catalyst Nightclub in Santa Cruz, California whose stage has been graced by many Grammy award winning musical artists, bands, and singers. The Catalyst is a nationally recognized live music venue and has been in operation since 1974. It is the #6 revenue producing venue in its category in the U.S.


David is also a founding board member and major financial contributor to Metta For Life, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist the senior communities of Santa Clara County and Hue, Vietnam by providing them with food, homes, love, and dignity. The foundation also maintains an established orphanage to ensure the children of Hue a comfortable home with adequate educational and recreational support.

Todd Davis was born in Santa Clara, California in 1968. Todd grew up in San Jose and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1986. He graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He graduated from Willamette University’s Law School and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993. In 1994 he was licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Davis’ practice includes civil litigation and criminal defense. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in the following area: Attempted Murder; Terrorist Threats; Residential Burglary, Assault with A Deadly Weapon; Domestic Violence; Assault; Larceny; Driving Under the Influence; Breach of Contract; Wrongful Termination; Fraud; Professional Negligence; Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Personal Injury. Todd is peer rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Legal Assistants
Maryben Stover
Maryben Stover
Maryben Stover was born and raised in San Jose. She attended San Jose State College and graduated from Heald Business College. She has over 40 years of experience as a legal secretary for trial attorneys, specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial litigation. She currently serves as Mr. Davis’ legal assistant and is a skilled and experienced professional.

Susan Hoang
Ms. Hoang has been with the firm since 2009. She serves as a legal assistant to Mr. Farling, focusing on the needs of Vietnamese speaking clients, primarily in the area of personal injury law. Her long standing involvement in the Vietnamese community has proven to be invaluable to the firm.
Al Gutierrez
Al Gutierrez
Mr. Gutierrez’s legal work began in 1986 with a small firm in San Francisco. His experience involves litigation work, with prominent firms including The Boccardo Law Firm, and Intellectual Property with Carr & Ferrell. Currently, he is a Civil Litigation Paralegal and has been Mr. Farling’s Assistant since 2001. Mr. Gutierrez finds his work meaningful as he champions the prosecution of personal injury claims on behalf of the firm’s clients. He is fluent in both the English and Spanish languages, and is an essential member of the firm.

Office Manager

Sylvia Maldonado
Sylvia Maldonado
Ms. Maldonado has been with the firm since its inception. Throughout the years she has developed significant expertise in establishing relationships with the firm’s clients and the community, and currently serves as the firm’s receptionist and office manager. She is fluent in both the English and Spanish languages and is a most important and integral member of the firm.

We have full-time spanish and vietnamese legal assistants on staff
Tenemos asistentes legales de habla español y vietnamita a tiempo completo en el personal.
Van phong chung toi co nhan vien noi tieng Viet nam Va Tay Ban Nha