New York University School of Law (JD, Moot Court Advocacy Award, Moot Court Board-1980) University of Pennsylvania (BA, magna cum laude-1976).
For 37 years, practiced law as a civil trial attorney and trusted advisor to large and small businesses and individuals, specializing in commercial, business, employment, real estate and international matters before federal and state courts, government agencies, arbitration tribunals and mediation forums. Commercial/Business: Lead trial counsel for (a) major manufacturer and distributor defending breach of contract and unfair trade practices claims in Massachusetts federal court (jury verdict for client and award of counterclaims); (b) national tax services provider defending fraud and breach of contract claims in New Jersey State Court (jury verdict for client); (c) Liquidator of financial assets in Hong Kong defending breach of ISDA Master Agreement in New York federal court (favorably settled); (d) investment consultant defending breach of commodities contract, fiduciary duty, securities and commodities-related claims (partial summary judgment granted, affirmed on appeal, successful bench trial of remaining claims). Employment: Lead trial counsel for major electronics manufacturer and distributor defending (a) employment discrimination, whistleblower, retaliation and unlawful termination claims in Michigan federal court (summary judgment in favor of client); (b) age discrimination claims before NYS Division of Human Rights (decision in favor of client); (c) employment discrimination cases involving age, race, national origin, gender, disability, sexual harassment, sexual orientation. International: Lead arbitration counsel for (a) Brazilian technology company in Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration, defending claims brought by Chinese entity of failure to produce high-tech sensors that conformed to specifications and asserting counterclaims for theft of computer software and related technology (following evidentiary hearing in London, favorable defense of claims and award of counterclaims); (b) British pension fund in ICC arbitration, defending claims of breach of stock purchase agreement involving
Served as mediator in over 100 business disputes involving business contracts, executive employment agreements, post-transaction obligations, and failure to provide services. Disputes have arisen in financial services, manufacturing, distribution and retail sales, construction, business equipment and consumer products, and religious institutions. Able to analyze and assess strengths and weaknesses of parties' positions and establish rapport and credibility with the parties. Persistent in efforts to get the matters resolved. Extremely high success rate. Mediated over 100 business to business and employment matters arising out of disputes between parties to various purchase and sale agreements and business contracts (multi-million); breach of executive employment agreements between financial institutions and other businesses and their former employees (multimillion); supplier and purchaser of computer technology products ($1.5 million); religious institution and former catering and restaurant vendor ($1 million); real estate owner/developer and consultant/broker concerning commissions and services rendered ($600,000); buyers and sellers for failure to provide conforming goods ($2 million); law firm and former partners (multi-million); financial institution and individual investors ($500,000); buyers and sellers of businesses; claims between EEOC, retail employer, former employees and ethnic based rights organization; employment discrimination (age, race, gender, disability, sexual harassment, whistle-blower); violation of restrictive covenants and other post-termination obligations. Also mediated the negotiation of complex business contracts between parties. Mediated insurance claims arising from Superstorm Sandy. Arbitrated hundreds of arbitrations as tribunal chair, wing and sole arbitrator. Experienced in conducting arbitrations remotely. International: Breach of series of commercial contracts, fraud and related claims between large German manufacturer and U.S. distributor of plastic storage pallets; Breach
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators; Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute (IMI); Charter Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN); Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2017-Present); The New York Bar Foundation: Board member (2019-Present), Fellow (2017-Present); Board Member, New York International Arbitration Center (2018-2019); Chair, New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section (1,500-2,000 members)(2015-2016), DRS Chair-Elect (2014-2015), DRS Vice Chair (2013-2014); Co-Chair, DRS Ethics Committee (2020-2021); Co-Chair, DRS Mediation Committee (2011-14); Member, DRS Executive Committee (2011-Present); Member, NYSBA House of Delegates (2016-2020); Member, NYSBA Dispute Resolution, International and Labor and Employment Sections; Member, New York City Bar Association Arbitration Committee (2020- present); Member, International Arbitration Club of New York (2019-present); Member, American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section; Member, Panel of International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR); Member, Distinguished Panel of International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution; Court Appointed Mediator, U.S. District Courts for the Southern District and Eastern District of New York; Court Appointed Mediator, Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court; Court Appointed Arbitrator, Civil Court of New York City Civil Court. See website for David C. Singer: www.singeradr.com.