In most matters of legal ethics and professional responsibility, David provides attorneys — and their firms —practical advice on issues of disciplinary exposure, financial risk, and conflicts of interest. An authority on disciplinary complaints, malpractice suits, and the panoply of disputes between lawyers, their firms, and their clients, David’s credentials include a three-year term as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s prestigious Professional Responsibility Committee. He has also served on the state level, with the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (COSAC). These committees are at the vanguard of the legal ethics field, studying and recommending changes to rules and procedures that directly affect the practice of law.
David’s own practice reflects this experience. He represents lawyers and firms wherever the Rules of Professional Conduct come into play — from partnership disputes to privilege and confidentiality issues, from conflicts to bar admission problems.
David’s approach to legal ethics – a field known for its rigidity, is to keep an open mind. He prefers to think through his client’s entire situation, looking for other – possibly better – options than what is immediately evident.
For his clients – those lawyers and firms that may have strayed from the rules, thereby putting their careers and businesses at risk – David’s thorough and carefully considered approach provides the guidance that puts those clients on the right track.
As a nationally recognized legal ethics speaker, David has been called upon to participate in programs dealing with complex legal ethics and compliance issues. These ethics programs include programs sponsored by: Practicing Law Institute, American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, Association for Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Fortune 500 companies and various national law firms. At many of his lectures and seminars, David focuses on teaching how to better foster a culture of ethical compliance, enhance awareness and improve training from top to bottom.
David has also been honored to serve as an adjunct law professor teaching legal ethics and professional responsibility at Cardozo Law School in New York.
Additional professional information about David can be found on his website at www.nyethics.com.
- New York State Bar Association, Member
- New York City Bar Association, Member
- Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Member
- New York City Bar Association, Professional Responsibility Committee, Past Chair
- New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct (COSAC)
- NYSBA, Task Force on Non-Lawyer Ownership, Vice-Chair
- NYC Bar Association’s Council on the Profession
Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Publico Award
Super Lawyers List, New York Metro Edition, 2015-Present
Rising Star Super Lawyers List, New York Metro Edition, 2013 – 2014
Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association, 2007 – 2010
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2001)
Colgate University (B.A. cum laude, 1998)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York