David M. White, Esq.

David M. White is founding principal of the firm, specializing in appropriate dispute resolution (“ADR”) and commercial litigation. 

In the civil arena, Mr. White’s practice encompasses both federal and state venues.  He routinely counsels disputants in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proceedings and provides regular media commentary on developments in arbitration and mediation. He was a member of the trial team in NAACP v. AcuSport, et al., a case which the National Law Journal recognized as one of the “Top 10 Defense Verdicts” in 2003.  Mr. White was later counsel to more than 20 defendants in City of New York v. Beretta, et al., another seminal case in the field of public nuisance. He serves as conflict counsel to the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (“PBA”).

David M. White

Mr. White also brings to bear experience in white collar criminal defense. He served as counsel in United States v. LoCascio, et al., a prosecution which both the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") and the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York continue to characterize as “the largest consumer fraud in United States history.”  

Mr. White is an alumnus of the FBI Citizens’ Academy, an elite assemblage of civic leaders and business professionals who receive briefings on counterterrorism, cybercrime, intelligence and state-of-the-art investigative techniques.  

Mr. White is an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham School of Law, where he teaches the Dispute Resolution Perspectives and Fundamental Lawyering Skills seminars. He has served as a member of the Summer Faculty at Queen’s University (Belfast) and University College Dublin where he taught comparative mediation.

In 2003, Mr. White was named a Fellow of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, a post he held through 2005.  He was appointed to a Southern District of New York-commissioned team under the auspices of former Chief Judge Charles L. Brieant. The group identified best practices emerging from Roberts v. Texaco, a record-setting class action settlement of an employment discrimination suit. Mr. White co-authored the resulting case study, Negotiating Enduring Corporate Change (21 ADR & The Law 2006), a work which was also submitted to the Federal Judicial Center and Chief Judge Judith Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals. 

Mr. White continues his professional development through participation in the Harvard Program of Instruction for Lawyers. In past years, he has honed his negotiation and mediation skills under the tutelage of nationally-renowned colleagues including Professors Frank E.A. Sander, Robert N. Mnookin, Michael L. Moffitt and Robert C. Bordone.

Mr. White is an alumnus of the Fordham University School of Law. The Founding Chair of the Fordham Dispute Resolution Society, Mr. White earned National Champion distinction in the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition. Other notable academic accolades include National Champion and Best Brief – Appellant honors at the University of San Diego School of Law’s National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament. In recognition of his work with the NYPD’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner – Trials, Mr. White received the Fordham University School of Law Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award.  He is a past recipient of the Fordham Dispute Resolution Society Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mr. White earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fordham University and his Masters Degree from the Fordham University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He is licensed to practice before the courts in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the federal appellate courts for the Second, Third and Eleventh Circuits, and the trial courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.

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