David Black, Counsel

Mr. Black practices law in a variety of areas, primarily focusing on litigation. Major concentrations include commercial litigation for a wide variety of individual and corporate clients, employment discrimination defense work for a major university, and complex products liability defense for major pharmaceutical companies.

He also handles numerous matters which arise from his representation of various private schools, ranging from drafting enrollment agreements, employee handbooks and employee severance agreements, to negotiating and drafting contracts between schools and vendors, to advising schools on issues involving employment, real estate, admissions, privacy, not-for-profit and education law. He also advises schools on a variety of school/teacher/parent/student issues.

Professional Activities:


  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Secondary School Committee, 2004-present

Service To The Bar:

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Committee on the Civil Court, 1997-2000
  • Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, 2002-2006
  • Judiciary Subcommittees, 1998-2000, 2002-2006
  • Committee on Education Law, 2008-present

Representative Engagements:

  • Second seated at a trial in which we represented a client in a joint trial pursuing a legal malpractice claim against the law firm that previously represented the client, and simultaneously defended client against a claim for legal fees
  • Defended a client against fraud claims related to a matrimonial action in which client was not a party, in a matter which went to trial
  • Second seated at a building collapse trial in which we represented the owners of a building in Manhattan and where workers at an adjacent building undermined the foundation of our clients’ building
  • Second seated at a mediation representing owners of a cooperative apartment against the cooperative corporation which refused to grant our clients a reasonable accommodation to permit our clients to accommodate a disability
  • Second seated at a federal commodities trial where we defended a financial software publisher against a claim brought by the CFTC
  • Represented a corporation in a legal malpractice action against a national law firm
  • Represented client in turnover proceeding
  • Represented clients in guardianship proceedings
  • Presented case for distributees in kinship hearing
  • Brought various contract actions on behalf of several schools


  • “Lone Pine Orders Increase Judicial Efficiency,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, July 2008
  • “Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work-Product Protection,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, December 2007
  • “FDA’s New Labeling Rule Asserts Federal Pre-emption of State Product Liability Claims,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, April 2006
  • “New Federal Rules for Electronic Discovery May Become Effective in 2006,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, October 2005
  • “Federal Pre-emption of Failure to Warn Claims in Recent Drug Cases,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, July 2005
  • “Discoverability of Attorney Work Product Communications Supplied to Experts, Part One and Part Two,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, October and November 2004
  • “Electronic Discovery in Mass Tort Multidistrict Litigations,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, February 2004
  • “Statewide Coordination of Mass Tort Cases Becoming Increasingly Popular,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, July 2003
  • “Certification of Nationwide Classes in Mass Tort Litigation Involving Consumer Fraud Laws,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, October 2002

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551 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10176
Phone: 212-661-5030
Fax: 212-687-2123

Practice Groups:
Litigation (including Commercial, Products Liability and Toxic Torts, Trusts and Estates, and Real Estate); Schools Practice, Employment Law, Pharmaceutical Biotech, Device and Chemical Practice, Business and Corporate

Fordham Law School, J.D. 1996, Fordham Environmental Law Journal;
University of Pennsylvania, B.A. 1993;
Stuyvesant High School, 1989

New York
New Jersey

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2001
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1997
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1997
New York State Courts, 1997
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1996
New Jersey State Courts, 1996