David has been the Chairman of Boies Schiller Flexner since its founding in 1997.
David has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine. He has been named Global International Litigator of the Year by Who’s Who Legal an unprecedented seven times, the Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer; the Lawyer of the Year by The National Law Journal (twice); the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the New York Bar Association; Best Lawyers in America from 1987-2019; Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers; and a Star Individual by Chambers USA. He was named one of the Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years by The American Lawyer in 2013.
David is considered by clients and peers as “one of the best advocates in the courtroom” due to his “amazing ability to handle judges and juries” and for “presenting a case at the right level of complexity.” In addition to successfully defending clients like Barclays, CBS, DuPont, Lloyds of London, Merck, NASCAR, the New York Yankees, Sony, and Westinghouse in their most critical cases, he has achieved more billion dollar recoveries for individual plaintiff clients than any lawyer in history -- including the largest copyright verdict in history, the largest recovery for a single client, the largest trust judgment ever, and the largest fraud recovery for a single client. David is also a leading class action lawyer, both successfully defending such cases for his clients and achieving multiple billion dollars for classes he represents as lead counsel.
David served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Antitrust Subcommittee in 1978 and Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979.
David served as Special Trial Counsel for the United States Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft and for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. David also served as the lead counsel for former Vice-President Al Gore in connection with litigation relating to the 2000 election Florida vote count. As co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, he won the first judgment establishing the right to marry for gay and lesbian citizens under the U.S. Constitution.
He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; and a Trustee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and New York University Law School Foundation.
Updated Sep 2022