David J. Goldsmith



David J. Goldsmith has nearly 20 years of experience representing public and private institutional investors in a wide variety of securities and class action litigations. A principal litigator at the Firm, David’s work has directly led to record recoveries in some of the most complex and high-profile securities class actions.

David was 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 the landmark Countrywide Financial Securities Litigation, which settled for $624 million. More recently, he represented the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System as lead counsel in a significant action alleging unfair and deceptive practices by State Street Corporation in connection with foreign currency exchange trades executed for its custodial clients resulting in a $300 million settlement—one of the largest class action settlements reached in the First Circuit. David’s representation of a hedge fund and individual investors as lead plaintiffs in an action concerning the well-publicized collapse of four Regions Morgan Keegan mutual funds led to a $62 million settlement. Further, he recently represented a large German and a major Irish special-purpose vehicle in individual actions alleging fraud in connection with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities, as well as state and county pension funds in class actions in California state court arising from the IPOs of technology companies.

David is currently involved in several securities class actions, including In re Eros International Securities Litigation, a case where we exposed fraud and nepotism involving a Bollywood film production company, and Shoemaker v. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., a case against a medical device manufacturer that recently settled a whistleblower action arising from the same alleged conduct. Additionally, David regularly advises the Genesee County (Michigan) Employees' Retirement Commission with respect to potential securities, shareholder, and antitrust claims, and has represented the Retirement System in numerous successful class actions, including pending actions charging anticompetitive conduct concerning interest-rate derivative products.

David is a member of several professional organizations, including The National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT), a membership organization of approximately 100 law firms that practice complex civil litigation including class actions, the New York State Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

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