David Leichtman  Founding Partner  dleichtman@leichtmanlaw.com  212-419-5210, Extension 1 917-597-4417 (mobile)

David Leichtman
Founding Partner
212-419-5210, Extension 1
917-597-4417 (mobile)

David Leichtman is the Managing Partner of trial law firm Leichtman Law PLLC, formed in April 2017 after practicing for over 20 years in large law firms.  He has tried a variety of complex matters in federal and state courts around the country.  Recent trials Mr. Leichtman has first-chaired have involved: copyright ownership, infringement and validity claims; breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims; patent inventorship claims; fraudulent conveyance claims; Consumer Fraud Act and unjust enrichment claims; and contract claims. The types of matters he handles include patent, copyright, trade secret and trademark cases, as well as other kinds of business litigation involving antitrust, environmental, contract, fraud, and other business torts. He has significant experience in a variety of industries including: the life sciences; the arts, media, entertainment and information industries; financial services; consumer electronics; and the retail sector.  His work also involves monetization of IP portfolios and licensing. 

Mr. Leichtman served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts from 2009-2018, and he continues to serve on its board and executive committee.   He is the current Treasurer of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, where he has also served on or been the chair of the Committees on Patent Litigation, Law Firm Management, Amicus Briefs, and Inventor of the Year.  He has been named a New York SuperLawyer every year since 2010.  In 2016, The New York Law Journal selected him as a Lawyer Who Leads by Example for providing crucial pro bono legal services in New York.  He is also a fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a highly selective Trial Lawyer Honor Society, where he is a founding member of its Intellectual Property Institute.  He also serves on the Intellectual Property Owners Association committee on Copyright Practice.

Mr. Leichtman is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, the University of Michigan (BA), Hunter College (MA), and Columbia Law School (JD).

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Columbia University Law School, J.D. (1996)

Hunter College, M.A. (1993)

University of Michigan, B.A. (1990)

Professional Associations

Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts, Board of Directors (Chair from 2009-2018)

Intellectual Property Owners Association, Copyright Law and Practice Committee

New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Treasurer

Copyright Society of the USA

Federal Circuit Bar Association

Litigation Counsel of America, Intellectual Property Institute, Founding Member

Kernochan Center For Law, Media & The Arts at Columbia Law School, Advisory Board Member

University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, National Advisory Council Member

Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, Vice President, Westchester County, NY Club

Bar Admissions

New York

Southern District of New York

Eastern District of New York

Western District of Michigan

Eastern District of Wisconsin

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

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