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David Dunn

New York

David Dunn

A seasoned trial lawyer for more than 35 years, David Dunn has argued appeals before federal and state appellate courts. Clients including financial institutions, telecommunications, and media enterprises turn to David to handle complex litigation matters as well as to negotiate complex transactions, proactively limiting potential contentious disputes that may arise from them.

David helps clients in commercial litigation, including international, complex financial and banking matters, and employment litigation. David has represented international clients in litigation in United States courts as well as U.S.-based clients in litigation in tribunals around the world. David has represented commercial clients in successfully enforcing judgments far from the originating forum. He has acted for and against sovereigns in contractual matters that include complex commercial contracts, licensing disputes, and large scale debt defaults. In the financial services area, David represents financial institutions in complex financing transactions, lender liability claims by customers, unfair trade practice claims, and regulatory compliance issues.

In the employment area, David advises employers on issues including the negotiation of and litigation concerning employment agreements for executives and highly skilled employees, compliance with federal and state employment legislation, including wage and hour laws, and employment discrimination matters. He has successfully represented clients in defending class action claims in consumer and employment cases, in federal and state courts.

Representative Experience

Represented a major financial institution in defeating claim of the New York Attorney General asserting breach of a settlement agreement.

Representation of the Vatican Library in defeating claims of licensees and sublicensees asserting claims of contract breach and fraud.

Representation of various residential mortgage lenders in enforcing mortgage foreclosure rights and defeating lender liability claims.

Successfully represented Charter Communications in wage and hour class action cases.

Represented a foreign utility company in international arbitration concerning an alleged breach of an international commercial agreement.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Cornell Law School, 1978
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1974


  • Former Subcommittee Chairman, Committee on the Development of Law under the National Labor Relations Act, American Bar Association, 1984-1997

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court


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Published Works

DOL Says Mortgage Loan Officers Are Not Exempt From Overtime and Minimum Wages After All

Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Vol. XV, No. 2
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