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David F. Adler


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  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D. cum laude 1986); University of Michigan (B.A. 1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio and New York

With 30 years of experience in complex litigation and regulatory matters, David Adler represents some of the world's largest financial institutions and other businesses in significant cases. He has a national practice, serving as lead trial counsel in cases before federal and state courts throughout the country. He has represented clients in mortgage-backed securities-related cases, securities and consumer finance class actions, financial statement misrepresentation litigation, Ponzi scheme and other fraud-related litigation, audit malpractice cases, and SEC and bank regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.

David's recent representations include: a financial institution residential mortgage-backed securities trustee in class actions and numerous other significant cases brought by RMBS investors; a private equity company in litigation related to business acquisitions; financial institution clients in checking account overdraft class actions; financial institution clients in matters pertaining to mortgage loan servicing and foreclosures; a financial institution in a securities fraud class action and several other investor cases; a public accounting client in multiple litigations and a regulatory investigation relating to its attest work for a failed commercial mortgage lender; a financial institution in litigation relating to a Ponzi scheme; and clients in various SEC, OCC, FDIC, CFPB, and attorney general investigations.

David's public service activities include serving on the Board of Trustees and various committees of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Ohio, and as the Federation's current chair of its annual campaign, and on the Board of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recognized by Chambers USA as a top commercial litigator in Ohio

    Identified by Benchmark Litigation as an Ohio "superstar" in civil litigation

    Recognized in Best Lawyers in America
David Adler