As Chair of the firm’s Fintech practice and a partner in the Financial Services Litigation department, David represents financial institutions and Fintech companies in consumer class and individual actions around the country, as well as in connection with government enforcement and compliance litigation at both the state and federal levels. Named a “Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal, and a “Leading Lawyer in Fintech” by Legal500, David attracts praise from clients for “understanding both the client’s goal and the constraints to achieve the goal, and still finding a method to a successful outcome,” and is recognized as a “financial services and fintech specialist” and “master of his craft.”
David is active in the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and is on the Board of BASF’s Justice & Diversity Center. He was named one of the "50 Young California Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Recorder newspaper and "Outstanding Barrister of the Year" by BASF.
David is one of the founding partners of McGuireWoods’ San Francisco office and serves on the firm’s Recruiting and Pro Bono Committees.
Represented Fintech client in connection with State Attorney General investigation of lending and servicing practices.
Represented Fintech client in response to a state securities division investigation.
Successfully represented national energy company in FCC investigation of telemarketing and dialing practices, resulting in a no-action letter issued by the FCC’s Enforcement Division.
Defeated certification of a TCPA class action in the Northern District of Illinois on grounds that named plaintiff’s dispute of account records precluded ascertainability of a class, where plaintiff sought to define the class by resort to the same disputed records.
Defeated class certification in a nationwide TCPA class action asserting claims against a major financial institution based on a novel theory of “prior express consent” under the statute (featured in Law360 “5 Consumer Litigation Class Actions to Watch” in 2015).
Defeated class certification and prevailed on summary judgment in a nationwide class action asserting claims against a major financial institution under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) alleging that a mortgage customer relationship did not continue post-discharge of personal liability for purposes of credit inquiries.
In a decision garnering national attention and featured as an AmLaw "Big Win," helped defeat certification in a $1 billion MDL class action alleging mortgage lending discrimination against a national bank.
Negotiated numerous favorable TCPA and other class settlements.
Defeated certification and obtained summary judgment for a national bank and global retail chain in a class action involving claims related to ATM disclosures.
Obtained summary judgment win for leading fintech platform in misappropriation and privacy claims by former employee.
Prevailed on summary judgment on the eve of trial in a multi-million dollar intellectual property lawsuit against a national bank.
Represented a national "big box" store operator in a Constitutional challenge to a California city ordinance.
As co-first chair, obtained trial verdict for a national bank client in a real estate dispute.
Member, Board of Directors, Justice & Diversity Center (2018)
Member, BASF Litigation Section Executive Committee (term: 2015–2017)
Treasurer, BASF Barristers Club (2011)
Board Member, Barristers Club (2010-2011) and BASF Board (2011)
Committee Member, BASF Finance Committee (2010), BASF Bottom Line Partnership Diversity Task Force (2010-2011), BASF Data Gathering Committee (2013)
Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (2006-present)
Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Fintech, California, Legal 500 US, 2019
David was named as a Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech Trailblazer by the National Law Journal, 2018.
Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," General Commercial Disputes, California, Legal 500 US, 2018
Selected for inclusion in the “Irish Legal 100” list of the United States’ most distinguished Irish-American legal professionals, 2017
“50 Young California Lawyers on the Fast Track,” The Recorder, 2012
“Outstanding Barrister of the Year,” Bar Association of San Francisco, 2012
McGuireWoods Partners Outline Risks Broker-Dealers’ CRM Tools Pose to Financial Institutions
July 25, 2019
McGuireWoods Earns 30 Nationwide Practice Rankings in Legal 500 United States Guide
June 3, 2019
McGuireWoods Earns Nationwide Ranking In Prestigious Chambers Fintech Guide
December 11, 2018
McGuireWoods’ Dion Hayes, Kevin McGinnis and David Reidy Honored in Irish Legal 100
November 19, 2018