David A. Schwarz

Partner, Irell & Manella LLP

David Schwarz is a member of the litigation workgroup. Although he has represented clients in a broad range of complex commercial disputes and internal investigations, the primary focus of Mr. Schwarz's practice has been the defense of class actions, with emphasis on securities and shareholder claims against public corporations, and consumer class actions. Mr. Schwarz's securities litigation practice has focused on parallel proceedings involving SEC enforcement actions and shareholder class actions and derivative claims. With regard to his white-collar defense practice, Mr. Schwarz has represented clients in connection with state and federal criminal actions involving health care, defense contracting, and environmental regulation. Mr. Schwarz has defended a wide range of consumer class actions involving alleged overcharge practices, anti-discrimination claims, unfair labor practices, wage and hour disputes, and anti-trust claims. In the intellectual property arena, Mr. Schwarz has litigated numerous cases involving trade secret misappropriation claims, ranging from avionics and rocket propulsion systems to consumer goods and food processing techniques.

Mr. Schwarz has been recognized as a leading trade secrets litigator by Legal 500 in its internationally recognized publication, 2007 Legal 500 US Volume II – Intellectual Property, Media, Technology, and Telecoms.

Mr. Schwarz has written on a variety of topics relating to securities litigation, securities reform legislation, white-collar criminal defense, and the defense of attorneys, accountants, and other professionals in securities class actions. Past speaking engagements include the Practicing Law Institute, the California Society of CPAs, and the Class and Derivative Litigation Institute. A member of the Advisory Board of the Duke University Global Capital Markets Center, Mr. Schwarz was a featured panelist at the 2006 and 2007 Directors' Education Institute at Duke University.

Mr. Schwarz has also served as the Special Assistant to the Staff Director of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. After graduation from Duke University School of Law, Mr. Schwarz clerked for the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, after which he served as Special Assistant to the Honorable Morris B. Abram, United States Permanent Representative to the European Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations. In that capacity, Mr. Schwarz advised the United States Permanent Representative and U.S. delegations on a wide range of public international law and humanitarian and refugee relief issues. Mr. Schwarz also served as United States delegate to a number of International and United Nations conferences, including the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the World Intellectual Property Conference, and the International Labor Conference.

Mr. Schwarz, who chairs the Firm's Pro Bono Committee, was honored in 2008 by the Public Counsel Law Center as an "Advocate of the Year" for his work in the area of elder law advocacy.

A frequent author on international human rights issues, Mr. Schwarz was appointed in 2001 by President Bush to serve as a U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. He is also a Trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

In 2007, Mr. Schwarz was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Milton Marks "Little Hoover" Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy.

  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1988); Order of the Coif; Articles Editor of the Duke Law Journal; Bidlake Award
  • Columbia University (B.A., History, 1983)

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