David Singer's focus is in the area of litigation, arbitration and other dispute resolution -- with 30 years of experience as an advocate and 20 overlapping years of experience as a neutral arbitrator and mediator -- focusing on business contracts, business torts, executive employment agreements, employment discrimination and other business and employment matters.
Mr. Singer has successfully tried and defended cases in federal and state courts and arbitrations, and represented clients in appellate arguments, mediations and negotiations. He provides extensive business and employment counseling to clients, including on litigation avoidance, risk assessments and preparedness. Cases have included arbitration between high-tech Chinese and Brazilian corporations involving claims of breach of contract for failure to provide conforming product and counterclaims for theft of computer software and related technology (award in favor of respondent on defense and counterclaims); trial of contract and unfair trade practices claims between solarium manufacturer and distributor in federal court (jury verdict for defendant and award of counterclaims); defense of discrimination/whistleblower action in Michigan federal court involving retaliation and unlawful termination of employment (summary judgment awarded in favor of defendant); defense of claims of breach of restrictive covenant, confidentiality agreements, fiduciary duty and tortious interference (summary judgment awarded in favor of defendant; affirmed on appeal); defense of age discrimination case (successful trial before N.Y.S. Division of Human Rights); AAA arbitration for owner in construction dispute (after 22 days of hearings, settled for nominal amount); trial between Argentinian jet aircraft distributor brought by prior owner alleging interference with contract (three week bench trial in New Jersey Superior Court, decision in favor of defendant); New Jersey litigation involving claims by independent contractor for unpaid sales commissions and other compensation (favorably settled); AAA arbitration concerning real estate partnership dispute among partners, including contract, fiduciary duty, constructive trust and fraud claims (after arbitration, award in favor of respondents); ICC arbitration on behalf of British pension fund regarding alleged multi-million dollar breach of stock purchase agreement involving sale of hotel and office complex (favorably settled); action involving commodities investment consulting agreement, including contract, fiduciary duty, securities and commodities claims (partial summary judgment granted and affirmed on appeal; successful bench trial of remaining claims); federal claims involving international indirect securities holding systems (dismissal of claims, affirmed on appeal by Second Circuit); commercial lease dispute (after bench trial, decision in favor of defendant); partnership dissolution action (after trial involving valuation of commercial and residential real property, decision in favor of defendants).
As an arbitrator, Mr. Singer has arbitrated more than 100 cases, including breach of dealer contract between large telecommunications company and dealer; breach of employment agreements between former executive employees and financial institutions; breach of series of contracts between insurance company and pharmaceutical company; breach of agreement concerning sale of accounting firm; breach of agreement between importer and distributor of alcoholic beverages; breach of contract involving sale of restaurant business; contract dispute between major electronics manufacturer and computer software vendor; determination of liability for losses between purchaser and seller of seed company.
As a mediator, Mr. Singer has mediated more than 100 cases, including disputes between supplier and purchaser of computer technology products; financial institutions and former executive employees; law firms and former partners; religious institution and catering and restaurant vendor; retail employer, EEOC, ethnic based rights organization and former employees; sellers and purchasers of businesses; real estate owner/developer and consultant/broker; and employment discrimination cases.
Mr. Singer received his law degree from New York University School of Law and undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.