Overview

Valued by clients for his ability to analyze and respond to complicated commercial litigation, David has built a strong practice representing Fortune 50 companies in state and federal courts. David has served as President of the Federal Bar Association Phoenix Chapter and Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, enriching his knowledge and experience to shrewdly navigate the finer points of litigating in the federal courts, particularly involving securities class action defense and IP disputes. 

He focuses on a wide range of complex litigation, including securities and intellectual property litigation, class action claims, as well as other large commercial disputes. He has provided regular counsel to large public companies facing lawsuits in Arizona who value his ability to advocate both in oral and written arguments.

David’s practice includes representation of both local and national companies and their officers and directors, naturally adapting his experience across industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, and healthcare. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law School and completed mediation training at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. He currently serves on the Arizona State Bar Board of Governors and the Board of Directors at the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. He has been recognized in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and has been named multiple times as Lawyer of the Year for Phoenix in Best Lawyers® and as a Top 100 Lawyer in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine. 

Representative Matters

Awards

  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, 2005-2022
  • Best Lawyers®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Construction Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation, Securities Litigation, 2005-2022
  • Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Securities”, 2014, 2021
  • Best Lawyers®, “Lawyer of the Year, Intellectual Property-Litigation,” 2020
  • Best Lawyers®, “Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year,” 2011, 2016
  • AZ Business Magazine, “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona,”2020, 2021
  • Lawdragon’s “100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation,” 2008
  • Benchmark Litigation, Arizona “Local Litigation Star,” 2010-2022
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, “Top 50 Arizona Attorneys,” 2010, 2012, 2014-2022
  • Southwest Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, 2007-2022
  • Judicial Branch Distinguished Service Award, Awarded by Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca Berch for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the Arizona Judicial Branch, 2011
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team, 2011
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers
  • Judge Learned Hand Award for Community Service, Arizona Chapter of American Jewish Committee, 2006
  • President’s Award, State Bar of Arizona, 2006
  • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys, 2001

Activities

Professional Activities

  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, Board of Directors, 2020-2022
  • Arizona State Bar Board of Governors, 2019-2023
  • Chair, Arizona Supreme Court’s Commercial Court Review Committee, 2018
  • Chair, Arizona Supreme Court Business Court Advisory Committee, 2014 
  • Co-chair, Arizona Supreme Court Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, 2014-2015
  • Judicial College of Arizona, Member, 2010-2020
  • Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2014
  • Foundation of the Federal Bar Association, Past-President and Charter Fellow
  • Federal Bar Association, Phoenix Chapter, President, 2000-2001
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Representative, 2002-2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Arizona Supreme Court Task Force for Development of Arizona Law Course, Chair, 2009
  • Committee on Civil Rules of Procedure for Limited Jurisdiction Courts, Member, 2011
  • William E. Morris Institute for Justice, President, 2001-2003
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Chair, Fellows of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association, 2009-2011
  • Community Legal Services, President, Board of Directors, 1994-1995
  • Arizona State Bar Legal Services Committee, Chair, 2002-2003
  • Arizona State Bar Landlord Tenant Task Force, Co-Chair, 2006-2009
  • Arizona State Bar Task Force on Multijurisdictional Practice, Member, 2003
  • Arizona State Bar Task Force on Access to Justice, Member, 2003-2005
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Member
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association Member
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Advisory Panel, 1990-1994

Community Activities

  • President, Beth-El Congregation, 2004-2006

Insights

Publications

  • Presentation: “A Dialogue with Chief Justices on Key Issues,” Directors’ Roundtable, July 29, 2011 (Transcript)
  • Author: The Constitutional Rights of Excluded Aliens, 70 Geo. L.J. 1303 (1982)