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David J. Woll

425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017-3954
Phone:  (212) 455-3136
Fax:  (212) 455-2502
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David J. Woll, a Partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s Litigation Department, is a commercial trial lawyer with extensive experience in a variety of areas, including securities, banking, bankruptcy, insurance and governmental and internal investigations.

Mr. Woll’s current representations include the defense of issuers and underwriter defendants, including Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland, in numerous litigations involving federal and state statutory and common-law claims by private and governmental entities arising out of the issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities, JPMorgan Chase in bankruptcy and district court proceedings in the District of Minnesota involving entities formerly affiliated with Thomas Petters, and a national insurer in various coverage disputes arising out of asbestos-related claims. Other recent matters include:

  • representing lenders in an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit involving the Fontainebleu casino/resort project in Las Vegas, which resulted in dismissal with prejudice of all claims against the Firm’s clients;
  • serving as lead trial counsel in a three-month trial involving insurance coverage for asbestos and silica claims;
  • conducting an internal investigation for a major financial institution arising out of mortgage and appraisal practices; and 
  • representing JPMorgan Chase in dozens of securities and other litigation arising out of the Enron bankruptcy, including obtaining dismissals of suits brought by holders of more than $2 billion in Enron bonds.

Additional representative engagements include representing an airport screening company in civil suits pending in the Southern District of New York arising out of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; serving as lead trial counsel in a New Jersey state court coverage trial which resulted in a defense verdict for Mr. Woll’s client; representing JPMorgan Chase in a trial against Motorola in the Southern District of New York, which resulted in a judgment in excess of $300 million against Motorola; representing a commercial mortgage company in an arbitration arising out of an employment-related dispute; representing Seagram in a California state court trial involving the termination of a distribution agreement for Patron tequila, which resulted in a multi-million dollar judgment in favor of Seagram; and serving as lead trial counsel in an AAA arbitration arising out of a licensing dispute.

Mr. Woll served as a Judicial Clerk from 1987 to 1988 for The Honorable Stanley S. Brotman in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  He joined the Firm in 1988 and became a Partner in 1996.  He is admitted to the New York Bar and in a number of federal trial and appellate courts.  He serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Brooklyn Law School and on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for the Homeless.  He also teaches a class in Complex Securities Litigation at Brooklyn Law School.

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•  New York 1988
•  U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
•  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
•  U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
•  Hon. Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1987-1988
•  Brooklyn Law School, 1987 J.D.

•  Litigation
•  Insurance/Reinsurance
•  Product Liability and Mass Tort
•  Securities/Shareholder Litigation
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