David J. Schwartz


David J. Schwartz is a Partner in the New York office of Labaton Sucharow LLP, focusing on event-driven and special situation litigation using legal strategies to enhance clients’ investment returns.

David has been named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation and was also selected, three years in a row, to their “40 & Under Hot List,” which recognized him as one of the nation’s most accomplished attorneys.  Lawdragon has recognized him as one of the country’s “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers” and he has also been featured in Lawdragon’s Lawyer Limelight series.

Over the last several years, David has helped secure leadership roles on behalf of his clients in some of the largest pending securities class action and SPAC litigations, including cases against Lordstown, Nikola, Alta Mesa, Paypal, and others.

David’s extensive experience includes prosecuting, as well as defending against, securities and corporate governance actions for an array of domestic and international clients, including retail investors, hedge funds, merger arbitrageurs, pension funds, mutual funds, and asset management companies. He has played a pivotal role in some of the largest securities class action cases in recent years—including a milestone CA$129.5 million settlement in In re CannTrust, Inc. Securities Litigation and a $55 million settlement in In re Resideo Securities Litigation (one of the three largest in the Eighth Circuit). David has also done substantial work in mergers and acquisitions appraisal litigation and direct action/opt-out litigation.

Among other cases, David is currently prosecuting In re Silver Lake Group, L.L.C. Securities Litigation; In re Mindbody, Inc. Securities Litigation; and several international appraisal actions.  

David earned his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law, where he served on the Urban Law Journal He received his bachelor's degree in economics, graduating with honors, from The University of Chicago.


2009, New York

U.S. District Court
2011, Southern District of New York