Donald N. David is a litigator with experience in real estate, entertainment, estates, close corporations and partnerships, intellectual property and financing disputes. His clients include the estate of an internationally known rap artist (as well as other entertainers), the widow of the owner of one of the nation’s premier horse stables, numerous nationally known real estate developers, REITs, authors, banks, telecommunications companies, and others.
He has been quoted in national media outlets such as New York Magazine, Forbes, People, and Hollywood Reporter. A veteran trial and appellate attorney, Donald has tried numerous civil matters in both bench and jury trials. He has appeared as trial counsel to other attorneys, as well as working with local counsel.
He has been admitted pro hac vice in 32 state and federal jurisdictions. Additionally, he has argued appeals in three federal Courts of Appeal, intermediate appellate courts in New York, Pennsylvania and California, and numerous appeals before the New York Court of Appeals.
Donald spent 32 years associated with New York firms specializing in real estate and, as a result, has a substantial background and knowledge of that area, along with the affiliated area of banking and financial structures. He has represented both developers and financing institutions, not only in litigation, but in restructuring failed financing.
In one instance, he represented a developer in connection with a dispute with the board of managers of a newly developed cooperative over various construction issues, only to later be asked to represent the bank against the cooperative corporation when it failed to meet the mortgage payments.
For the first 10 years of practice after graduating from law school, Donald was trial counsel, and then the senior litigator, at a boutique New York City real estate firm that specialized in the area of valuing real property and close corporations. As a result, he has developed an interest in, and affinity for, cases dealing with the valuation of assets.
As such, Donald has appeared as special counsel in connection with the valuation of real estate and business assets in cases where such valuation was relevant to damages, or in several instances in matrimonial matters.
In that capacity, he has coordinated with primary counsel, appraisers and opposing counsel, has taken expert depositions and has supervised discovery. In most of those instances, if the matters went to trial, he acted as trial counsel on the separate issue of valuation and/or damages arising out of such valuation.
- J.D., New York University School of Law, 1972, cum laude
- B.A., Rutgers University, 1969, with honors
Bar Admissions : California; Colorado; New York; Pennsylvania; Texas
Court Admissions :
- New York State Supreme Court
- California Supreme Court
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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