David J. Goldsmith



David J. Goldsmith has more than 15 years of experience representing public and private institutional investors in a wide variety of securities and class action litigations. In recent years, David's work has directly led to record recoveries against corporate offenders in some of the most complex and high-profile securities class actions.

David has also been designated as “recommended” by The Legal 500 as part of the Firm’s recognition as a top-tier plaintiffs’ firm in securities class action litigation.

David was an integral member of the team representing the New York State Common Retirement Fund and New York City pension funds as lead plaintiffs in In re Countrywide Financial Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $624 million. David successfully represented these clients in an appeal brought by Countrywide's 401(k) plan in the Ninth Circuit concerning complex settlement allocation issues. David also represented a hedge fund and individual investors as lead plaintiffs in an action concerning the well-publicized collapse of four Regions Morgan Keegan closed-end investment companies, in which the court approved a $62 million settlement.

Current matters include representation of a state pension fund in a class action alleging deceptive acts and practices by State Street Bank in connection with foreign currency exchange trades executed for its custodial clients; representations of state and county pension funds in securities class actions arising from the initial public offerings of Model N, Inc. and A10 Networks, Inc.; representations of a large German banking institution and a significant Irish special-purpose vehicle in actions alleging fraud in connection with residential mortgage-backed securities; and representation of a state pension fund in a securities class action against Neustar, Inc. concerning the bidding and selection process for its key contract.

David has regularly represented the Genesee County (Michigan) Employees' Retirement System in securities and shareholder matters, including settled actions against CBeyond, Compellent Technologies, Merck, Spectranetics, and Transaction Systems Architects.

During law school, David was Managing Editor of the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal and served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, then a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

For many years, David has been a member of AmorArtis, a renowned choral organization with a diverse repertoire.


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
J.D., 1996

University of Pennsylvania
M.A., B.A., 1993


1996, New Jersey
1997, New York

U.S. Court of Appeals

2004, First Circuit
2007, Second Circuit
2015, Fourth Circuit
1998, Fifth Circuit
2007, Eighth Circuit
2010, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court
1996, District of New Jersey
1999, Southern District of New York
1999, Eastern District of New York
2009, District of Colorado
2010, Western District of Michigan