David G. RussellPartner | Atlanta Office
F: (678) 533-7785
Complex Business Litigation and Arbitration: David has over 38 years experience -- as an advocate, arbitrator, and mediator -- in successfully resolving complex business disputes. These class, mass, and individual cases have involved complex agreements for stock and asset purchases (including financial and accounting warranties), credit card and other data processing, merchant processing, money transfer agency relationships, construction, rapid transit car procurement, and uranium supply.
Securities Litigation and Arbitration: Recently, The Best Lawyers in America recognized David as the singular Atlanta 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" in Securities Litigation. Since 1985, David has successfully represented major securities firms, public and private companies, and their agents in jury trials, arbitrations, and regulatory enforcement proceedings. These cases have included class actions, shareholder derivative claims, and retail customer suits involving corporate mergers, earnings restatements, product failures, complex derivative and structured products, single-stock risk, margin, hedge funds, limited partnerships, mutual funds, equities, annuities, unauthorized wire transfers, estate planning, emerging markets securities and related derivatives, municipal bonds and derivatives and other investments. They have been based principally on federal and state securities laws and regulations, common law theories, and ERISA. He has also represented securities firms in claims arising out of broker terminations, including libel, tortious interference, covenants not to compete, confidentiality agreements, and trade secrets. Going back to the mid-80s, illustrative clients include Goldman Sachs, Barclays Wealth, Neuberger Berman, Deutsche Bank Securities, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Wachovia Securities, Prudential Securities, Sanford Bernstein, Shearson, and E.F. Hutton. David has also defended securities-related federal criminal actions including money, property, and honest services wire fraud.
Jury Trial Experience: David began trying cases to the jury in 1977, his year of law school graduation, in the Superior Courts in Georgia. He has significant jury trial experience at both the state and federal level as lead counsel.
Appellate Practice: David has argued appeals in the Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the Georgia Supreme Court and has briefed cases nationwide, including petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
Panelist, discussion before the Georgia Arbitration Forum on how to improve the reality and perception of arbitration as a fair, efficient, and economical alternative to litigation. (September, 2016)
Presenter, Annual Arbitration Institute in Atlanta on the topic of “Arbitration vs. Litigation—How Litigators Deal with the Differences.” (August, 2016)