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David J. Eiseman

Mr. Eiseman, one of the founders of the firm, is a commercial litigator with thirty-five years of experience advising clients and handling all aspects of disputes, from pre-litigation strategy to trial and appeal. He began his legal career at Columbia Law School, where he was a Kent Scholar, a Stone Scholar and Writing and Research Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Following law school, he was accepted into the Honors Program of the Department of Justice, where he worked on both civil and criminal antitrust matters. After leaving the Justice Department, Mr. Eiseman expanded his practice into a wide range of commercial matters. He has successfully tried numerous cases through to verdict and argued numerous appeals, both in Federal and State courts. He has also participated in many arbitrations and has served as an international arbitrator.

Mr. Eiseman’s practice focuses on complex business and financial matters. The types of cases he litigates run the gamut and include partnership disputes, claims involving derivatives and financial instruments, art fraud and forgery, securities fraud, claims by court-appointed receivers and bankruptcy trustees and D&O insurance coverage.

Representative cases handled by Mr. Eiseman include:

  • Represented receiver for a company used to perpetrate a Ponzi scheme on investors and successfully prosecuted claim against Deutsche Bank to invalidate its security interest on securities deposited in the name of the company, resulting in recovery of more than $20 million for the estate and defrauded investors. (Second Circuit, 386 F.3d 438; District Court, 279 F.Supp. 2d 247).
  • Represented individual and corporate client in multi-party, multi-jurisdictional dispute arising out of the development of mobile telecommunications networks in Russia, obtaining outright dismissal of claims brought by Cypriot company, and the successful settlement of multiple lawsuits by other parties in State court, Federal Court and the courts of Cyprus. (New York Appellate Division, 41 A.D.3d 348, 839 N.Y.S.2d 726).
  • Obtained multi-million dollar judgment on behalf of investors in art fund against the fund and the individual who ran the fund. (S.D.N.Y. 2007).
  • Obtained defense verdict following a two-week jury trial for U.S. subsidiary of Turkish manufacturer of copper wire products accused of stealing trade secrets (S.D.N.Y. 2005).
  • Ongoing representation of seven current or former employees of Monster Worldwide, Inc. in three putative class actions involving claims of options backdating.
  • Ongoing representation of Chapter 11 Trustee in litigations arising out of misappropriation of more than $100 million from entities serving as qualified intermediaries in like-kind exchanges of investment property.
  • Represented high-level officer in connection with his resignation from investment banking firm and commencement of employment at another firm, including successful mediation of disputes arising from claims of breach of non-solicitation and confidentiality provisions of employment agreement.


  • Lecturer in Securities Litigation Program of The American Bar Association Center for Continuing Legal Education

Education and Honors

  • J. D. Columbia Law School (1977), Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Writing and Research Editor, Columbia Law Review
  • B. A., with highest honors, Rutgers College (1973), member, Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Art Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York


Prior Legal Experience

  • Kramer Levin
  • United States Department of Justice, Honors Program, Antitrust Division


  • Named in Super Lawyers “Top 100” New York Metro area (2017)
  • Named in Super Lawyers (2006-2011, 2013-2017)
  • “Preeminent A-V” Rated by Martindale Hubbell