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Partner

Education

Columbia University, J.D., 1995

  • Thomas E. Dewey Prize for best brief in honors moot court competition
  • Lawrence S. Greenbaum Prize for best oral argument in honors moot court competition
  • James A. Elkins Prize in Constitutional Law
  • Member, Journal of Law and Social Policy
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 3 years

Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1994

Professional Experience

Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, Partner, 2008-2011

Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C., Partner, 2001-2008, Associate, 1998-2000

Latham & Watkins, Litigation Associate, 1995-1998

Admissions

Delaware, 2008

District of Columbia, 1996

New Jersey, 1995

Maryland, 1995

Supreme Court of the United States, 2001

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2014

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2007

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2002

United States District Court for the District of Delaware, 2009

United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 1998

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1998

United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1996

David E. Ross

David, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has litigated numerous high profile corporate and commercial cases, trade secret misappropriation disputes, and trust contests.  David has extensive first-chair experience litigating claims for injunctive relief and expedited trials on the merits, as well as other corporate and complex commercial disputes, in the Court of Chancery, the Complex Commercial Division of the Superior Court, the Supreme Court of Delaware, and other courts across the country, as well as in both AAA and JAMS arbitrations.

According to Chambers USA, which has repeatedly recognized David as among both the top Court of Chancery litigators and trial lawyers nationwide, and Benchmark Litigation, sources describe David as “phenomenal,” "tenacious and masterful," a “very sophisticated and skilled trial lawyer,” “one of the best trial room practitioners I’ve ever seen,” and “maybe the best litigator in Delaware.”  David is recognized as “poised and very good on his feet,” “smart and effective in cross-examinations and depositions,” “a brilliant writer,” and “the one I would go with for case strategy, if I had to choose only one lawyer in Delaware,” and for his “outstanding substantive knowledge and judgment.”   According to The Legal 500, which repeatedly has recognized David as a “Leading Lawyer” for M&A litigation, he has been described as "absolutely top-notch" and "among the very best in Delaware," and praised as “a master tactician” with “excellent instincts” and “a tremendous reputation.”  And Lawdragon 500 has repeatedly recognized David as one of the "Leading Litigators in America."

Recently, David served as lead trial counsel in an eight-day jury trial in which the court granted a directed verdict for the Firm's client on both its claim for $75 million and the $400 million counterclaim.

David also has substantial experience representing law firms, having served as lead counsel for numerous leading national and international law firms.

David has served as lead appellate counsel in numerous appeals both inside and outside of Delaware. David has argued numerous appeals in the Delaware Supreme Court, as well as in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and other state appellate courts.

A member of the Court of Chancery Rules Committee, David has written and spoken about issues of corporate law and trial practice.  David has spoken at Harvard University Law School and Columbia University Law School on strategy in high stakes Court of Chancery litigation, as well as at the Tulane University Law School's Corporate Law Institute and the ABA Section of Litigation's Annual Conference.

David's pro bono work includes defending the State of Delaware in litigation claiming that its assault weapons and large capacity magazine bans violate the Second Amendment.  Following expedited proceedings, the District Court denied two motions seeking to preliminarily enjoin enforcement of the statutes.  That decision is on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where David argued in defense of the statutes on behalf of the State of Delaware.

Before becoming a founding partner of the firm, David was a partner at Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, where his practice focused on corporate and commercial disputes in the Delaware Court of Chancery.  From 2001 through 2008, David was a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C., where he litigated in trial and appellate courts throughout the country, including numerous cases in the Court of Chancery.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Delaware State Bar Association 
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association

Honors

  • Fellow and Former Delaware State Chair, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Band 1: Court of Chancery Litigators
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Band 2: Nationwide Litigation: Trial Lawyers
  • Chambers Global Legal Guide, Band 2: USA Litigation: Trial Lawyers
  • The Legal 500 US, M&A Litigation "Leading Lawyer"
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Court of Chancery Rules Committee
  • Director, The Historical Society for the Court of Chancery
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

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