David L. Barres

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  • New York University (JD)
  • Columbia College (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

David practices commercial litigation in federal and state courts, focusing on complex breach-of-contract, securities, insurance, and risk-management matters. His insurance practice includes the litigation of coverage disputes and fraud claims, as well as regulatory investigations and counseling. He has extensive experience representing banks in bankruptcy litigations and other commercial matters, including the defense of fraudulent transfer claims and the litigation of disputes concerning the valuation of businesses and assets. He has arbitrated and mediated numerous international and domestic commercial disputes. He also is a member of the firm's Insurance, Securities, and Privacy Practice Groups.

Before joining Mintz Levin, David was a litigator at another prominent New York law firm and a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Cowen of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also serves in the New York Family Court Volunteer Attorney Program, and served as a special assistant district attorney for New York County. During law school, he was a member of the New York University Law Review.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained an arbitration award of over $100 million on behalf of banks and an insurer arising from a Eurobond default, and won related federal trial to pierce the corporate veils of the defaulting corporations
  • Represented a major bank/liquidity provider in a dispute over the sequence and priority of payments on student-loan revenue bonds
  • Represented a major bank in trial and appeal of a fraudulent conveyance action arising from the formation of a machine-tool manufacturer
  • Represented life insurance premium-financing company in federal regulatory investigation of the legality of its transactions under the insurance, contract, trust, and securities law of multiple states and the United States 
  • Representing Ruth Madoff in a variety of civil actions