Paul Weiss

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
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A partner in the Litigation Department, David Brown focuses his practice primarily on white collar criminal matters, regulatory investigations, and securities and intellectual property litigation.


  • The National Football League in an investigation concerning workplace conduct at the Miami Dolphins following the departure of offensive lineman Jonathan Martin;
  • The National Basketball Players Association in an investigation into allegations of nepotism, conflicts of interest and the potential misuse of union funds;
  • Two of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. in government investigations relating to off-label marketing;
  • Skanska and Tutor Perini, two of the largest construction companies in the U.S., in government investigations concerning the utilization of minority-owned subcontractors;
  • A former executive of mortgage giant Freddie Mac in an SEC enforcement action concerning disclosures regarding subprime mortgages;
  • Prudential in a litigation challenging the prior settlement of hundreds of employment discrimination claims;
  • Onex Corporation in a litigation arising from the sale of a medical services company to a private equity firm;
  • Exxon Mobil in actions relating to environmental contamination allegedly caused by Exxon Mobil's historical refinery operations in Greenpoint, Brooklyn;
  • Songwriters and music publishers in a landmark rate-making proceeding to set royalty fees for the reproduction and distribution of musical compositions under Section 115 of the Copyright Act;
  • Wachovia in litigation and regulatory matters arising out of the collapse of the market for auction rate securities and in regulatory matters concerning the valuation of Wachovia's Evergreen Ultra Short Opportunities Fund; and
  • I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney, on perjury charges in U.S. v. Libby.

David also maintains an active pro bono practice. Recently, he has represented Success Academy Charter Schools in cases where plaintiffs sought to prevent the co-location of charter schools in school buildings owned by the New York City Department of Education.

In 2011, David was named to The National Law Journal's inaugural "Minority 40 Under 40 List," and in 2013 he was named to the New York Law Journal's "Rising Stars" list. David was also recently named to the 2014 Crain's New York Business "40 Under 40" list.

In 2013, David served as a member of the Panel for Educational Policy, the successor entity to the New York City Board of Education, as an appointee of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

David currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Harlem Link Charter School, and on the Board of Directors of the Council of Urban Professionals.

David served as a notes editor of the Harvard Law Review.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2000
    cum laude
  • A.B., Harvard University, 1997
    magna cum laude


  • Hon. Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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