Moses & Singer LLP

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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

David Lackowitz

Partner

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T(212) 554-7669

F(212) 377-6069

David Lackowitz is the Chair of Moses & Singer's prestigious Litigation practice group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.  He is a highly sought after and well-regarded trial attorney who has successfully handled matters in various state and federal courts throughout the country (including New York, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Florida and Arkansas). David has substantial experience in high-stakes, complex civil litigation including shareholder derivative suits, professional liability, business, real estate, banking, family, construction and employment matters.  He has also counseled clients through a host of regulatory investigations, including those brought by the SEC and FINRA.  He has successfully handled numerous appeals before the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division, and before the Second Circuit.  David also has successfully mediated various corporate dissolutions and he routinely provides best business advice in furtherance of his desire to aid clients in litigation avoidance when possible.

David’s professional career began as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County Assistant District Attorney’s Office.  While serving the public as an ADA, David successfully tried numerous bench and jury trials, including high-profile homicides.  After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, David was tasked with guiding the Archdiocese of New York as it navigated various criminal and civil investigations relating to the alleged abuse of children by certain members of its clergy.  David’s unique criminal, civil and regulatory experiences have served to guide his aggressive yet efficient approach to prosecuting and defending business litigations of all stripes over the past twenty years.

A former board member of The Tower of Hope, a not-for-profit organization which raised 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors and as General Counsel of KiDS of NYU, an organization that raises funds to improve the experience of children receiving medical care at NYU Langone Medical Center.  

David is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent™ in his field and has annually been designated as a “Super Lawyer” from 2015-2022 as well.  David resides in Westchester County with his wife, their three children and Bernese mountain dog.

David Lackowitz
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Representative Matters

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

  • Lead trial counsel on behalf certain foreign-based lenders in connection with a real estate project in New York City;
  • Lead trial counsel on behalf of an investor in a start-up in connection with fiduciary breach and fraud claims;
  • Lead hearing counsel in connection with numerous AAA construction arbitrations on behalf of a preeminent NYC-based builder;
  • Representation of a financial institution in connection with the enforceability of a letter of credit;
  • Representation of numerous accounting firms accused of financial misconduct;
  • Prosecution of numerous civil police misconduct matters;
  • Representation of a "finder" in connection with a multi-million dollar dispute against a hedge fund over unpaid commissions;
  • Representation of a investment fund in connection with a dispute brought against it by certain of its lenders;
  • Prosecution of various legal malpractice matters;
  • Representation of numerous students accused of academic improprieties by various educational institutions;
  • Representation of an Asian manufacturer in connection with a multi-million dollar claim against a U.S. vendor;
  • Member of a trial team in connection with a five hundred million dollar commercial dispute in the Southern District;
  • Sole trial counsel of a case of first impression concerning the interplay between a right of first refusal and a proposed IRC Section 1031 exchange;
  • Representation at trial of a commercial tenant in a "high-stakes" litigation against its landlord concerning control of the premises;
  • 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;
  • Sole trial counsel at a multi-day 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 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;
  • Representation of employers and employees in various employment-related matters;
  • Defense of multi-state custody dispute; and
  • Representation of beneficiaries in numerous Surrogate’s Court matters.
Biography

David Lackowitz is the Chair of Moses & Singer's prestigious Litigation practice group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.  He is a highly sought after and well-regarded trial attorney who has successfully handled matters in various state and federal courts throughout the country (including New York, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Florida and Arkansas). David has substantial experience in high-stakes, complex civil litigation including shareholder derivative suits, professional liability, business, real estate, banking, family, construction and employment matters.  He has also counseled clients through a host of regulatory investigations, including those brought by the SEC and FINRA.  He has successfully handled numerous appeals before the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division, and before the Second Circuit.  David also has successfully mediated various corporate dissolutions and he routinely provides best business advice in furtherance of his desire to aid clients in litigation avoidance when possible.

David’s professional career began as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County Assistant District Attorney’s Office.  While serving the public as an ADA, David successfully tried numerous bench and jury trials, including high-profile homicides.  After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, David was tasked with guiding the Archdiocese of New York as it navigated various criminal and civil investigations relating to the alleged abuse of children by certain members of its clergy.  David’s unique criminal, civil and regulatory experiences have served to guide his aggressive yet efficient approach to prosecuting and defending business litigations of all stripes over the past twenty years.

A former board member of The Tower of Hope, a not-for-profit organization which raised 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors and as General Counsel of KiDS of NYU, an organization that raises funds to improve the experience of children receiving medical care at NYU Langone Medical Center.  

David is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as AV Preeminent™ in his field and has annually been designated as a “Super Lawyer” from 2015-2022 as well.  David resides in Westchester County with his wife, their three children and Bernese mountain dog.

David Lackowitz
Rated by Super Lawyers


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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, successful representative matters include:

  • Lead trial counsel on behalf certain foreign-based lenders in connection with a real estate project in New York City;
  • Lead trial counsel on behalf of an investor in a start-up in connection with fiduciary breach and fraud claims;
  • Lead hearing counsel in connection with numerous AAA construction arbitrations on behalf of a preeminent NYC-based builder;
  • Representation of a financial institution in connection with the enforceability of a letter of credit;
  • Representation of numerous accounting firms accused of financial misconduct;
  • Prosecution of numerous civil police misconduct matters;
  • Representation of a "finder" in connection with a multi-million dollar dispute against a hedge fund over unpaid commissions;
  • Representation of a investment fund in connection with a dispute brought against it by certain of its lenders;
  • Prosecution of various legal malpractice matters;
  • Representation of numerous students accused of academic improprieties by various educational institutions;
  • Representation of an Asian manufacturer in connection with a multi-million dollar claim against a U.S. vendor;
  • Member of a trial team in connection with a five hundred million dollar commercial dispute in the Southern District;
  • Sole trial counsel of a case of first impression concerning the interplay between a right of first refusal and a proposed IRC Section 1031 exchange;
  • Representation at trial of a commercial tenant in a "high-stakes" litigation against its landlord concerning control of the premises;
  • 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;
  • Sole trial counsel at a multi-day 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 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;
  • Representation of employers and employees in various employment-related matters;
  • Defense of multi-state custody dispute; and
  • Representation of beneficiaries in numerous Surrogate’s Court matters.

 

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