David E. Sellinger

David E. Sellinger: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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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.


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

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Member, Winning Team, New Jersey Law Journal's Class Action Litigation Department of the Year , 2016
•Team Member, a Law360 Food & Beverage Practice Group of the Year, 2015
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States
•Litigation - Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense - Consumer Products (including tobacco), 2014
•Commercial Disputes, 2017
•Member, Winning Team, New Jersey Law Journal’s General Litigation Department of the Year award, 2013
•Team Member, Lexology’s Client Choice Award USA & Canada, United States: New Jersey, 2013
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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and Board Member, National Center for Preventive Law

• Former Committee Chair, Commission on Standards for Corporate Compliance

• Former Board Member, United States Olympic Committee, New Jersey Chapter

• Former Chair, Young Lawyers Division, New Jersey State Bar Association

• Former Board Member, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association

• Former Board Member, Historic Speedwell

Awards & Recognition

• Member, Winning Team, New Jersey Law Journal's "General Litigation Department of the Year" award, 2013

• Team Member, Lexology's Client Choice Award USA & Canada, United States: New Jersey, 2013

• Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2007-2013

• Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2006-2013
- "Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey," 2013

• Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law; Litigation, 2005-2013

• Recipient, American Jewish Committee Learned Hand Award

• Recipient, Arts Horizon Celeste Holm Humanitarian Award

• Recipient, The Corporate Legal Times Distinguished Legal Services Award

• Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

Professional Experience


• Law Clerk, Honorable Anne E. Thompson, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1979 - 1980

• Assistant United States Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1981 - 1984

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications


Philip has written dozens of articles and lectured extensively around the country before the American Corporate Counsel Association, The American Bar Association and various state and local corporate counsel and other bar associations. His articles and lectures include:

• Mentioned, "The Best Blend of Practices: Greenberg Traurig Puts its Collective Brainpower to Work in New Jersey," New Jersey Law Journal, April 1, 2013

• Featured, "Selling New York Lawyers on N.J.," NJBIZ, November 5, 2012

• Co-Author, "Roundtable: Two Strategies for Dealing with Class Actions - Legislation and Prevention," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, November 2002

• Author, "Class Action Reform," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, 2002

• Author, "Key Corporate Counsel Issues - Class Action Abuse and Junk Science," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2001

• Co-Author, "Business Interruption Insurance: A Safety Net for Companies Impacted by the World Trade Center Attacks," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, October 2001

• Author, "Making EDR Work in Large and Complex Cases," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 2000

• Co-Author, "Finding Intellectual Property Liability Coverage in the new Business Era - Part III," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, September 2000

• Co-Author, "Finding Intellectual Property Liability Coverage in the new Business Era - Part II," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, August 2000

• Co-Author, "Finding Intellectual Property Liability Coverage in the new Business Era - Part I," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July 2000

• Author, "Sellinger Discusses Litigation Management" Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July 2000

• Co-Author, "Recovering Y2K Remediation Costs Under Property Policies," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 1999

• Co-Author, "Maximizing Insurance Coverage for year 2000 Exposure," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, August 1998

• Author, "Establishing Compliance Programs," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, June 1998

• Co-Author, "Managing Effectively Through Partnering and Teamwork," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, March 1997

• Co-Author, "Reducing Litigation Costs Through Partnering," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 1996

• Co-Author, "Litigation Partnering - A "Win-Win" Relationship," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, May 1996


• Speaker, "How Japanese Companies Can Defend and Defeat U.S. Class Action Litigation," Tokyo, Japan, October 27, 2006

• Speaker, "Navigating the Minefields of Consumer Class Actions: Achieving Optimal Results Without Breaking the Bank," Corporate Counsel Summit, Greenbrier, West Virginia, November 12, 2006

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
973.360.7925  Phone
973.295.1342  Fax
University Attended:
Sloan Foundation Fellowship/New York City Urban Fellow, 1970-1971; Harvard College, B.A., Government, cum laude, 1972
Law School Attended:
New York University School of Law, J.D., Articles Editor, New York University Law Review, 1976
Year of First admission:
1977, 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

Birth Information:
Boston, Massachusetts, February 28, 1949
Reported Cases:
Experience: Representative Matters: 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.; Noteworthy Experiences: 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
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