David is a full-time mediator, arbitrator and special master. He retired from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2015, after litigating and arbitrating complex civil cases and advising an international array of corporate, association and individual clients for 37 years from 1978-2015, 29 of those years as a partner. He is listed in Chambers USA as one of the nation's best Mediators.
In his spare time, David has taught Complex Civil Litigation at both Duke Law School (2011-present) and the University of Miami Law School (2018-2020). He has been the Chair (2019-2020) and member (2019-2023) of the Editorial Board of Judicature, the more-than-century-old journal devoted to best practices in judging, issues facing the judiciary and the rule of law.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), and a member the following arbitrator and mediator rosters: the American Arbitration Association (AAA) (Commercial), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution ("ICDR"), Federal Arbitration Inc. (FedArb), ICC-USCIB, the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Panel of Distinguished Neutrals . He is also an ARIAS-US certified arbitrator and mediator. He has been appointed by parties and fellow arbitrators to serve as an arbitrator/chair on numerous AAA, ICDR, ICC, JAMS and ad hoc tripartite arbitration panels as well as having been appointed as a sole arbitrator on multiple occasions. In the insurance coverage area, he has been appointed by both policyholders and insurers.
David has also served as a Special Master, appointed by the court to help resolve discovery issues, and, at the request of all parties, to mediate the resolution of the case.
David is a member of the American Law Institute (since 1993); the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School (Chair 2009-2014); the Advisory Commitee for the University of Miami Law School Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum (2018 - 2023) and the ARIAS-US Arbitrators Committee. He has served on the Board of Mobilization for Justice, Inc. for more than two decades (Chair 2000-2002; emeritus 2019-present) and chaired the Product Liability Committee of the New York City Bar Association (2005-2008), which included some of the most nationally prominent MDL plaintiff and defense lawyers as well as law professors and judges. 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.
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