About David

Mediator + Arbitrator + Special Master for Complex Commercial Disputes


David retired from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he litigated complex civil cases and advised corporate, association and individual clients for 37 years from 1978-2015, 29 of those years as a partner. 


David teaches Complex Civil Litigation at Duke Law School, where he has taught since 2011. He will also be teaching that course at the University of Miami Law School beginning in 2017-2018. 


He is a member of the Commercial Mediation and Arbitration Panel of Federal Arbitration Inc. (FedArb) and the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). He is an ARIAS-US  certified arbitrator and mediator.  He has also been appointed by parties to serve as an arbitrator on ICDR and JAMS tripartite arbitration panels. 


David is a member of the American Law Institute (since 1993); the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School (Chair 2009-2014); the Board of MFY Legal Services, Inc.  (Chair 2000-2002) and chaired the Product Liability Committee of the New York City Bar Association (2005-2008). He served on the Executive Committee of UJA Federation-- Lawyers Division from 1995-2013. 


He has been admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC and numerous United States District Courts, Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court.  


He received his BA degree from Duke University, summa cum laude, in 1975. He received his JD from Duke Law School in 1978, where he served on the Duke Law Journal.