David Robertson's practice is concentrated on civil trials and appeals. He has litigated cases involving complex financial transactions, including matters related to financial statement frauds, reverse repurchase agreements and fiduciary irregularities.
Dave is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Federal Bar Council, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (ABCNY), New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), National Conference of Bar Presidents and New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA). He is the Past President and a director of NYCLA, and has served on that organization's Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Bankruptcy Committee, Finance Committee and Endowment Committee. He is also a member of the House of Delegates of the NYSBA, and was a member of its Nominating Committee from 2001 through 2007. In addition, he has served in the House of Delegates of the ABA, and on the Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction and the Committee on Federal Legislation of the ABCNY. From 2002 to 2006, Dave was chair of the County Bar's Task Force on Corporate Governance and testified before the ABA on issues regarding the lawyer's role in American corporate governance. In 2007, New York State's Unified Court System announced Dave's appointment to the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commissions for the First Judicial District.
Dave has served as a director of the Oratorio Society of New York, chairman of the Early Music Foundation and a judge of the Court of Review of Province II of The Episcopal Church. He is also president of the Disciplinary Board (ecclesiastical court) of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
He lectures and writes extensively on professional ethics and the lawyer's role in corporate governance. Dave authored Brethren and Sisters of the Bar: A Centennial History of the New York County Lawyers' Association (Fordham University Press, 2008); is a contributing editor to The New York Rules of Professional Conduct (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010); and is a contributing author to Kassoff on Guardianship (Thompson West, 2011-14). Dave is also a member of the Board of Managers of the Sons of the Revolution, which owns landmarked Fraunces Tavern in downtown New York, and operates the organization's museum of Revolutionary War manuscripts and art.
Prior to joining Cadwalader, Dave served in the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant.
He received a B.A., with honors, and an LL.B. from the University of Virginia. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Psi, The Jefferson Society, the Order of the Coif and The Law Review.
Dave is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Michigan.
News & Resources
• Super Lawyers Taps More Than 40 Metropolitan New York Cadwalader Attorneys as Outstanding in Their Fields Sep 26, 2011
• Empire State Counsel Honors Cadwalader Attorneys' Pro Bono Contributions Feb 02, 2015
• Brethren and Sisters of the Bar: A Centennial History of the New York County Lawyers' Association
Published by Fordham University Press and the New York County Lawyers' Association, the book provides an illuminating account of the progressive bar association.