David B. Shanies has more than a decade of experience handling high-stakes litigation. His practice focuses on civil rights law, complex commercial litigation, and white collar criminal and regulatory defense.
Before starting his firm, David practiced law as a member of the litigation department of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP for ten years. In 2010, David served in a pro bono capacity as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department. From 2007 to 2009, David served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roslynn R. Mauskopf, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
The New York Law Journal named David as a “Rising Star” in April 2016, an honor given to top lawyers in the profession under the age of 40.
Super Lawyers named David as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation and Civil Rights Law each year from 2014 to 2018. The Legal Aid Society presented David with its Pro Bono Publico Award in 2015 for his work on wrongful conviction cases in Brooklyn. David has extensive civil litigation and arbitration experience, including civil rights claims, employment disputes, fraud claims, professional liability claims, securities litigation, civil RICO cases, and other complex commercial litigation matters. He worked on several of the largest financial crisis-related litigations and investigations of the last several years, including Lehman Brothers and MF Global. David has represented individuals and companies large and small in white collar criminal matters, including cases and investigations involving allegations of securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, bank fraud, accounting fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) violations, and computer crimes.
New York University School of Law, JD, 2006
Vassar College, AB, 2001
Law Clerk, The Honorable Roslynn R. Mauskopf, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2007-2009
Federal Bar Council (Second Circuit Courts Committee; Federal Bar Council Inn of Court)
New York City Bar Association (Federal Courts Committee) (Formerly: Criminal Law Committee, Subcommittee on Brooklyn Conviction Review; Professional and Judicial Ethics Committee)
New York State Bar Association (Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation) (Formerly: Committee on Professional Ethics)
International Bar Association (Criminal Law and Technology Law Committees)
Selected by The New York Law Journal as a “Rising Star,” 2016
Selected by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation and Civil Rights Law, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
Honored by the Legal Aid Society with the Pro Bono Publico Award in 2015 for his work on Brooklyn wrongful conviction cases
Articles Editor, New York University School of Law Journal of International Law and Politics
Presenter, Federal Bar Council, Inn of Court, Continuing Legal Education Programs: Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection in the Second Circuit, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (New York, New York) January 2017; The Trial of Clarence Darrow, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (New York, New York) January 2016; Cultural Property and Repatriation, Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York, New York) December 2014; Jury Nullification, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (New York, New York) May 2014; Gideon v. Wainwright, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn, New York) February 2013
Presenter, New York Law School, Continuing Legal Education Program, Ethics in a Digital Age: Recent Amendments to the ABA Model Rules, New York Law School (New York, New York) June 2013
Panelist, Federal Bar Council, Continuing Legal Education Program: Brief Writing, Brooklyn Law School (Brooklyn, New York) June 2010
United States District Court for the Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York and Northern District of Illinois
United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
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