David J.Feder


Los Angeles +

David Feder focuses on legal issues in whatever tribunal they arise. He has particular experience in areas such as products liability (especially public nuisance law), tort law more generally, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Unfair Competition Law (UCL), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), federal preemption, and many others. David has argued numerous motions and appeals in state and federal courts and tried a case in a state administrative tribunal.

David won the Fay Diploma for graduating first in his Harvard Law class in 2014, and he also won the Project on the Foundations of Private Law Award and the Irving Oberman Family Law Award for best papers in their respective fields.

David is a coauthor of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch's New York Times best seller, A Republic, If You Can Keep It. His scholarly works have been cited in the Supreme Court, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review Online, and in other publications.

David maintains an active pro bono practice and has argued several appeals in federal circuit courts including on behalf of a religious refugee seeking asylum in the United States (10th Circuit), a Native American prison inmate deprived of his First Amendment Free Exercise rights (10th Circuit), and a severely injured prison inmate (7th Circuit).


  • Chevron secures significant wins in paraquat multidistrict litigationJones Day secured two important wins for client Chevron in the paraquat multidistrict litigation (MDL).
  • Withdrawing employer successfully challenges "Segal Blend"Jones Day won a complete victory for our client ConvergeOne Dedicated Services, LLC in an ERISA withdrawal liability dispute in the Southern District of New York.
  • Boeing obtains total victory in California Environmental Quality Act appealOn behalf of The Boeing Company, Jones Day prevailed in a CEQA dispute before the California Court of Appeal.
  • Sherwin-Williams wins precedential, en banc decision dismissing public nuisance claims involving 300,000 private propertiesJones Day client The Sherwin-Williams Company won dismissal of claims filed by two Pennsylvania counties alleging that former manufacturers of lead paint and pigments should be ordered to abate lead paint in all the pre-1978 homes within their jurisdictions.
  • Civil rights organization files amicus brief in Fourth Amendment caseJones Day filed an amicus brief on behalf of a nonprofit civil rights organization in support of certiorari in a case raising a Fourth Amendment challenge to an arrest that occurred in the area immediately in front of a tenant’s apartment unit.
  • State prisoner wins appellate victory in Seventh CircuitJones Day secured an appellate victory for Michael Thomas in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, reversing a grant of summary judgment.
  • Chevron defeats ATA and ATS claims brought by 298 plaintiffs relating to terrorist attacks in IsraelChevron Corporation, represented by Jones Day, defeated claims under the Anti-Terrorism Act ("ATA") and Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") brought by 298 plaintiffs who sought to hold Chevron responsible for injuries sustained in terrorist attacks in Israel between November 2000 and April 2002.
    • October 21, 2020
      Appellate Litigation in Canada and the US: Former Supreme Court Clerks' Perspectives -- Runnymede Society -- Zoom Presentation
    • November 14, 2019-November 16, 2019
      2019 National Lawyers Convention
    • September 11, 2019
      US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch Visits Pepperdine School of Law, panelist