David J. Abrams

David J. Abrams is a litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial and product liability 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 structured products, commercial, product liability and toxic tort 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 has been repeatedly recognized as a leading practitioner by Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation and by Best Lawyers in the field of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions. 

Recently, David’s practice has focused on litigation stemming from the financial crisis.  He represents indenture trustees in numerous mortgage loan repurchase actions involving residential mortgage-backed securitizations (RMBS), and has represented the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) in various RMBS-related matters.

David is also Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.  David arranges for a wide variety of pro bono opportunities for firm attorneys, works closely with public interest organizations that refer matters to the firm, and both directly litigates and supervises numerous firm attorneys on pro bono matters.  David serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and is a member of the Advisory Board of Disability Rights Advocates.  David has been the recipient of The Legal Aid Society’s Public Interest Law Leadership Award.  He was also selected as a finalist in the Veteran category for the Federal Bar Council’s Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service, honoring his work in developing and building Kasowitz’s award-winning pro bono program.  Under his leadership, Kasowitz attorneys have participated in increasing numbers in the firm’s pro bono program, representing pro bono clients in a wide variety of substantive areas such as immigration, housing, matrimonial and disability rights.

Prior to joining Kasowitz, David clerked for the Honorable Michael H. Dolinger, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York.