David I. Schaffer

David I. Schaffer: Attorney with Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP AV stamp icon
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David is a member of the Corporate and Real Estate Groups representing public and private companies. He negotiates drafts and reviews corporate documents for the firm's corporate clients, both public and private, start-up and established, and handles various public and private offerings, acquisitions and franchising matters. He handles venture capital investments for major venture capital funds. He also represents major commercial landlords in New York City and on Long Island. He is a member of the Long Island Software Network (ListNet).

David began his career at the Wall Street firm of Shearman & Sterling, where he concentrated in complex secured and unsecured financing and leasing transactions for Citibank, then the firm's principal client. Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, David was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Avis, Inc. for 15 years, then Vice President and General Counsel of U.S. Surgical Corporation. As General Counsel of Avis, David worked on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures. He negotiated and did the legal work for numerous joint ventures, both in the United States and foreign countries. In the area of franchising, David supervised Avis' relationships with its extensive network of licensees within the U.S. and worldwide.

Over his corporate career, David advised six different CEOs. He has also dealt closely with many of the country's major law firms, which enables him to combine a dedication to high quality legal work with an understanding of the cost-benefit considerations important to clients.

While in corporate practice, David supervised major governmental antitrust and securities investigations as well as several white collar criminal investigations. He has handled major bank financings, and in the securities field, has prepared '33 and '34 Act filings, participated in public offerings and private placements and advised on Rule 144, insider trading, 16(b) and 13D matters.

David has been a trustee and is past president of the Nassau County Legal Aid Society and a former Director and General Counsel of the Long Island Capital Alliance. He is a member of various bar associations, is listed in Who's Who in America, and lectures before business and bar association groups.

David lives in Great Neck with his wife, Lois, has two children, Susan and Eric, and six grandchildren. He is an avid tennis player and jogger (he has completed four New York Marathons) as well as a rabid New York Giants fan.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Corporate Law
  • Securities Law
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Franchising Law
  • Real Estate Leasing Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
516-747-0300 Ext. 138  Phone
516-747-0653  Fax
University Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., History, with honors, 1956
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1959
Year of First Admission:
1960, New York

Peer Reviews

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Mineola, New York

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