David Lackowitz

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As a partner in Moses & Singer's Litigation group, David is a strong advocate on behalf of his clients. He has substantial experience in high-stakes complex commercial litigation, professional liability, real estate, employment, matrimonial and discrimination matters.    

As a former Kings County Assistant District Attorney, David’s trial experience includes numerous felony and misdemeanor convictions, including the successful prosecution of high-profile matters.  Subsequently, he has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts in New York, California, New Jersey, Florida and Connecticut.  He has also counseled clients through a host of SEC and FINRA investigations and successfully argued numerous matters before the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division and before the Second Circuit.  

David is General Counsel and serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of KiDS of NYU, an organization that raises funds to improve the experience of children receiving medical care at NYU Langone Medical Center.  A former board member of The Tower of Hope, a not-for-profit organization which raises funds for the training of service dogs, David has effectively pursued claims throughout the U.S. on behalf of disabled individuals, particularly veterans, who are discriminated against due to their reliance on service animals.

David is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent™ in his field and designated as a 2015, 2016 and 2017 “Super Lawyer” as well.

 
 

Representative Matters

In addition to providing his clients with “day-to-day” business counseling and risk avoidance strategies, representative matters include:

  • Representation of a "finder" in connection with a multi-million dollar dispute against a hedge fund over unpaid commissions;
  • Representation of a Harvard graduate and several Rutgers students accused of academic improprieties;
  • Representation of an Asian manufacturer in connection with a multi-million dollar claim against a U.S. vendor;
  • Trial of a five hundred million dollar commercial dispute in the Southern District;
  • Trial of a case of first impression concerning the interplay between a right of first refusal and a proposed IRC Section 1031 exchange;
  • Representation of a commercial tenant in a "high-stakes" litigation against its landlord  concerning control of the premises;
  • Representation of a foreign investor in connection with a domestic real estate development project;
  • Representation of a foreign investment advisor in connection with a multi-million dollar fraud claim;
  • Representation of aircraft leasing company in various suits concerning investor rights;
  • Trial of a contempt hearing commenced by the Banking Department of the State of Connecticut against a Connecticut broker dealer;
  • Defense of various arbitrations commenced by investors against broker dealers;
  • Prosecution of a high-profile Section 1983 retaliation claim against a local police chief and members of his police department;
  • Representation of broker-dealer in its prosecution of a software malpractice suit;
  • Representation of numerous veterans in connection with the prosecution of discrimination matters;
  • Representation of a an insured in an broker malpractice claim against its insurance broker;
  • Representation of a globally-recognized investment banker in an employment-related matter adverse to his former employer;
  • Defense of various SEC enforcement actions;
  • Defense of multi-state custody dispute; and
  • Prosecution of a high profile vehicular homicide resulting in a first of its kind murder conviction.
Biography

As a partner in Moses & Singer's Litigation group, David is a strong advocate on behalf of his clients. He has substantial experience in high-stakes complex commercial litigation, professional liability, real estate, employment, matrimonial and discrimination matters.    

As a former Kings County Assistant District Attorney, David’s trial experience includes numerous felony and misdemeanor convictions, including the successful prosecution of high-profile matters.  Subsequently, he has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts in New York, California, New Jersey, Florida and Connecticut.  He has also counseled clients through a host of SEC and FINRA investigations and successfully argued numerous matters before the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division and before the Second Circuit.  

David is General Counsel and serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of KiDS of NYU, an organization that raises funds to improve the experience of children receiving medical care at NYU Langone Medical Center.  A former board member of The Tower of Hope, a not-for-profit organization which raises funds for the training of service dogs, David has effectively pursued claims throughout the U.S. on behalf of disabled individuals, particularly veterans, who are discriminated against due to their reliance on service animals.

David is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent™ in his field and designated as a 2015, 2016 and 2017 “Super Lawyer” as well.

 
 
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Binghamton University (B.A.)
Bar/Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Representative Matters

In addition to providing his clients with “day-to-day” business counseling and risk avoidance strategies, representative matters include:

  • Representation of a "finder" in connection with a multi-million dollar dispute against a hedge fund over unpaid commissions;
  • Representation of a Harvard graduate and several Rutgers students accused of academic improprieties;
  • Representation of an Asian manufacturer in connection with a multi-million dollar claim against a U.S. vendor;
  • Trial of a five hundred million dollar commercial dispute in the Southern District;
  • Trial of a case of first impression concerning the interplay between a right of first refusal and a proposed IRC Section 1031 exchange;
  • Representation of a commercial tenant in a "high-stakes" litigation against its landlord  concerning control of the premises;
  • Representation of a foreign investor in connection with a domestic real estate development project;
  • Representation of a foreign investment advisor in connection with a multi-million dollar fraud claim;
  • Representation of aircraft leasing company in various suits concerning investor rights;
  • Trial of a contempt hearing commenced by the Banking Department of the State of Connecticut against a Connecticut broker dealer;
  • Defense of various arbitrations commenced by investors against broker dealers;
  • Prosecution of a high-profile Section 1983 retaliation claim against a local police chief and members of his police department;
  • Representation of broker-dealer in its prosecution of a software malpractice suit;
  • Representation of numerous veterans in connection with the prosecution of discrimination matters;
  • Representation of a an insured in an broker malpractice claim against its insurance broker;
  • Representation of a globally-recognized investment banker in an employment-related matter adverse to his former employer;
  • Defense of various SEC enforcement actions;
  • Defense of multi-state custody dispute; and
  • Prosecution of a high profile vehicular homicide resulting in a first of its kind murder conviction.