David Woll, a commercial trial lawyer, has extensive experience in a wide variety of areas, including securities, banking, bankruptcy, insurance, and government and internal investigations. He has represented clients in litigations involving putative class actions alleging manipulation of the U.S. treasury securities market, residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”), insurance coverage disputes and bankruptcy-related litigation. David has taught complex securities litigation at Brooklyn Law School and served on the Board of the Partnership for the Homeless. He was recently recognized as a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by Benchmark Litigation; named “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily; and was named two years in a row “MVP” in Banking by Law360. He is recommended in Financial Services Litigation by The Legal 500 U.S. and is recognized as a National and New York "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation.
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The Am Law Litigation Daily, "Litigator of the Week"
Law360, "MVP" in Banking, 2014-2015
The Legal 500 U.S.
Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”
Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, National and New York “Litigation Star”
Brooklyn Law School, 1987 J.D.
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Hon. Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1987–1988
New York 1988
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York 1992
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 2003
David J. Woll is Of Counsel in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s Litigation Department. He is a commercial trial lawyer with extensive experience in a variety of areas, including securities, banking, bankruptcy, insurance, and governmental and internal investigations. He is recognized as one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation where sources say he is “just unbelievable. He does securities, insurance, any kind of tough case. He's really all-purpose but without pigeonholing him he's really becoming a premier banking litigator. And he knows how to talk to the judges.” He was recognized as a “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily for a major victory before the New York Court of Appeals which reportedly “closes the door on untold billions in potential future claims related to securities sold before the housing bubble burst.” He has also been recognized as a National “Litigation Star” in General Commercial and a New York “Litigation Star” in General Commercial, Insurance and Securities by Benchmark Litigation. In 2014 and 2015 he was named “MVP” in Banking by Law360, and is recommended in Financial Services Litigation by The Legal 500 U.S.
David’s representations have included the defense of a primary dealer in the defense of putative class actions alleging manipulation of the U.S. treasury securities market; issuers and underwriter defendants 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; a major financial institution 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.
David served as a Judicial Clerk from 1987 to 1988 for the Hon. 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 Board of Directors of the Partnership for the Homeless. He also teaches a class in complex securities litigation at Brooklyn Law School.