David E. Sellinger: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

David E. Sellinger

Florham Park,  NJ  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 973.360.7925
Fax: 973.295.1342
University Sloan Foundation Fellowship/New York City Urban Fellow, 1970-1971; Harvard College, B.A., Government, cum laude, 1972
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, J.D., 1976 Articles Editor, New York University Law Review
Admitted1977, New York; 1979, District of Columbia; 1988, Maryland; 2007, Delaware; New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Professional & Community Involvement

•Former President, Assistant U.S. Attorneys' Association for the District of Columbia, 2001-2002
•Former Chair, Litigation Section of the D.C. Bar, 1997-1998
•Former Member, Executive Committee of the Council for Court Excellence, 1996-2000

BornBoston, Massachusetts, February 28, 1949

David E. Sellinger focuses his practice on complex civil litigation matters, including class action defense, trial in federal and state courts, and in arbitrations. He has over thirty years of litigation experience in which he has represented corporate and individual clients in a broad array of lawsuits. David has represented corporations sued in class actions brought in both state and federal courts involving claims for consumer fraud, product liability, and violations of various state and federal statutes. He has handled cases in multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings. In addition, he is currently involved in overseeing product liability class actions throughout the country for a national retailer as a member of GT's team serving as the client's national coordinating counsel for class actions. In the past, David also has represented institutional investors as plaintiffs in class actions involving claims of securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

David has handled an array of shareholder disputes and business torts matters, as well as patent damages litigation. As a trial lawyer, David is willing to try cases where the client's interests call for trial but has also resolved and narrowed litigation before trial. David brings his experience to bear in finding cost-effective resolutions of litigation matters. A former Assistant United States Attorney, he also represents clients in white-collar criminal matters, including parallel criminal, civil, administrative proceedings and internal investigations. He has written and spoken on various litigation topics, including the defense of class action litigation.

Areas of Concentration

•Class action defense
•Complex civil litigation
•White collar criminal defense

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
03.05.13 Greenberg Traurig Elevates 41 Attorneys to Shareholder, 15 to Of Counsel

Published Articles

08.03.12 Courts Must Closely Evaluate Rule 23 Predominance Factor in Food Labeling Class Actions

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Mentioned, The Best Blend of Practices: Greenberg Traurig Puts its Collective Brainpower to Work in New Jersey, New Jersey Law Journal, April 1, 2013
•Co-author, Courts Must Closely Evaluate Rule 23 'Predominance' Factor in Food Labeling Class Actions, Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Opinion Letter, August 3, 2012
•Co-author, How to Avoid Stepping on a Rake in the Early Stages of Defending a Consumer Class Action, Association of Corporate Counsel, New Jersey Chapter Newsletter, Fall 2009
•Author, Why Your Law Department Needs White-Collar Criminal Capability Before You Have An Inkling Of A Criminal Problem, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, October 2003


•Presenter, “Hot Topics in Class Actions, ” New Jersey State Bar Association, Annual Meeting, May 2012
•Presenter, “Class Actions Today... and Tomorrow, ” New Jersey State Bar Association, Annual Meeting, May 2011
•Presenter, “How to Protect the Company and Its Officers from Novel Theories of Criminal Exposure Without the Traditional Intent Requirement - - Ethical Obligations of In-house Counsel, ” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, Spring Meeting, May 2011
•Presenter, Defending Japanese Companies in Class Action and Other Major Litigation in the United States, UBIC Conference, Tokyo, Japan, September 2009
•Panel Moderator, The Criminalization of Business Activities and the Ethical Implications for Attorneys, Institutional Investors Educational Foundation, Annual Conference, 2006
•Presenter, Patent Damages: Trial and Litigation Strategies, D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, September 2003 and October 2004
•Presenter, Patent Damages: Current Issues and Strategies, Arlington County, VA Bar, Continuing Legal Education Program, Spring 2003
•Presenter, Substantive and Procedural Motions, Pre-Trial Skills Series, D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, 1996-2004

Other Experience

•Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia, 1980-1984
•Prosecuted over 35 jury trials
•Law Clerk, Judge Robert A. Ainsworth, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, 1976-1977

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Representation of Toshiba Corporation in putative nationwide class action involving HD DVD players. In this multi-district litigation alleging consumer fraud, the complaint was completely dismissed on a motion to dismiss. Representation of Fortune 50 company in putative nationwide FLSA collective action in which certification of collective action was defeated at conditional certification stage. Representation of retailer in putative statewide class action in California in which court granted no merit motion on plaintiffs' lead claim under Consumer Legal Remedies Act. As member of Greenberg Traurig's team serving as national coordinating counsel for class actions for a Fortune 50 company, David is responsible for overseeing product liability class actions throughout the country. Representation of a Fortune 50 company in a statewide wage and hour class action involving approximately 100,000 employees in New Jersey, in which the litigation was settled on favorable terms last year. Counsel for a Fortune 50 company in defense of a putative FCRA class action in which negotiations were handled resulting in dismissal of the company at an early stage and without any payment. Counsel for Verizon Wireless in defense of putative FDCPA class action in which Verizon Wireless successfully enforced arbitration clause, resulting in stay pending arbitration, with suit ultimately being settled by co-defendant on favorable terms. Counsel for Live Nation in putative statewide class action involving consumer fraud claims (pending). Representation of a state pension fund in a shareholder opt-out action in In Re Enron. Lead counsel for investors in an arbitration against tax shelter promoter, winning multi-million dollar award at trial. Lead counsel for a law firm in a class action alleging mortgage-related fraud, successfully negotiating a very favorable settlement prior to any discovery. Lead litigation counsel for minority partners in highly-publicized litigation involving breakup of family real estate business with assets worth over $500 million. This matter, which was one of the largest partnership dissolution cases ever litigated in the District of Columbia courts, was settled on favorable terms before trial. Local counsel for Verizon Wireless in a products liability class action involving alleged health risks associated with cell phone use. The above matters were handled by Mr. Sellinger prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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David E. Sellinger

200 Park Avenue
Florham ParkNJ 07932


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