David J. Abrams is a litigator whose practice focuses on complex product liability and commercial cases. He has extensive experience representing companies and investors in the securities, chemical, telecommunications, financial, real estate, insurance, consumer product, pharmaceutical and medical device industries in various product liability, toxic tort, commercial and antitrust matters. He has defended numerous product liability and consumer class actions, and has represented plaintiffs as well as defendants in individual and consolidated actions in state and federal courts around the country, including multi-district litigation proceedings.
David was defense liaison counsel in a large group of cases involving hundreds of workers alleging birth defects, cancers and other injuries from their exposure to various chemicals used in the semiconductor manufacturing process. He has also assisted in serving as national counsel in connection with numerous insurance sales practices cases involving a major life insurance company and in handling a major asbestos case docket. Currently, David represents the Federal Housing Finance Agency, as conservator for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, in numerous mortgage loan “put-back” actions involving residential mortgage-backed securitizations in which Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae are certificate holders. David has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of business litigation.
In addition, David serves as the firm’s pro bono coordinator. In that capacity, David arranges for a variety of pro bono opportunities for firm attorneys, works closely with public interest organizations that refer matters to the firm, implements the firm’s pro bono policies and supervises firm attorneys on a wide variety of pro bono matters.
David serves on the New York State Bar Association's Committee on the Tort System and the Committee on International Environmental Law.
Prior to joining Kasowitz, David clerked for the Honorable Michael H. Dolinger, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York.
- Approximately 1,300 plaintiffs in a consolidated action involving respiratory and other injuries caused by their exposure to isocyanate-containing products used in underground coal mines.
- A private equity company in defending against fraudulent conveyance and related claims.
- Preferred shareholders of a telecommunications company in a breach of contract action against a foreign operating company.
- Several multinational corporations in multi-district litigation involving an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the North American polyester staple fiber market.
- A leading chemical company in lawsuits brought by hundreds of employees of a major semiconductor manufacturer alleging that their cancers, birth defects in their children and other injuries were caused by their exposure to chemicals in an integral product used in the semiconductor manufacturing process.
- An Official Creditors' Committee in fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference litigation against the company's public parent, officers, directors and outside advisors.
- A real estate investment company in claims against its lender and purchasers of a series of notes.
- A leading chemical company in a lawsuit brought by a deceased employee of a major semiconductor manufacturer who claimed that his cancer was caused by chemical exposure.
- FINRA arbitrations brought on behalf of purchasers of auction rate securities products sold by major investment banks.
- Defense of leading smoke detector manufacturer in consumer class actions alleging improper design and failure to warn.
- Defense of major life insurance company in consumer class actions and individual lawsuits relating to improper sales practices.
- Defense of medical device manufacturer in various product failure cases.
- Defense of generic drug manufacturer in class actions and individual claims relating to a product manufacturing defect.