David J. Goldsmith



David J. Goldsmith has nearly 20 years of experience representing public and private institutional investors in a variety of securities and class action litigations. He has twice been recommended by The Legal 500 as part of the Firm’s recognition as a top-tier plaintiffs firm in securities class action litigation.

A principal litigator at the Firm, David is responsible for the Firm’s appellate practice, and has briefed and argued multiple appeals in the federal Courts of Appeals. He is presently litigating appeals in the Second and Ninth Circuits in significant securities class actions brought against Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. — Petrobras and Molina Healthcare, Inc. In the Supreme Court of the United States, David recently acted as co-counsel for AARP and AARP Foundation as amici curiae in China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, 138 S. Ct. 1800 (2018), and as co-counsel for a group of federal jurisdiction and securities law scholars as amici curiae in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, 138 S. Ct. 1061 (2018).

As a trial lawyer, David was an integral member of the team representing the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System in a significant action alleging unfair and deceptive practices by State Street Bank in connection with foreign currency exchange trades executed for its custodial clients. The resulting $300 million settlement is the largest class action settlement ever reached under the Massachusetts consumer protection statute, and one of the largest class action settlements reached in the First Circuit. David also represented the New York State Common Retirement Fund and New York City pension funds as lead plaintiffs in the landmark In re Countrywide Financial Corp. Securities Litigation, which settled for $624 million. He has successfully represented state and county pension funds in class actions in California state court arising from the IPOs of technology companies, and recovered tens of millions of dollars for a large German bank and a major Irish special-purpose vehicle in individual actions alleging fraud in connection with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities. 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.

David regularly advises the Genesee County (Michigan) Employees' Retirement Commission with respect to potential securities, shareholder, and antitrust claims, and represents the System in a major action charging a conspiracy by some of the world’s largest banks to manipulate the U.S. Dollar ISDAfix benchmark interest rate. This case was featured in Law360’s selection of the Firm as a Class Action Group of the Year for 2017.

In 2016, David participated in a panel moderated by Prof. Arthur Miller at the 22nd Annual Symposium of the Institute for Law and Economic Policy, discussing changes in Rule 23 since the 1966 Amendments. David is an active 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 American Association for Justice, 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
2018, Third 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