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About David

Dave Shargel is a business litigator with extensive experience in state and federal court, as well as arbitrations.  Dave also has experience with internal and regulatory investigations involving various matters, including securities and municipal laws. He has represented clients in a wide range of business sectors and circumstances.  His experience includes litigating complex commercial disputes involving contract, business torts, shareholder disputes, business valuation, insurance coverage, fraud.  He also has experience handling real estate, construction and employment disputes, as well as matters involving constitutional law such as under the Commerce and Due Process clauses.  He is well versed in issues surrounding electronic discovery and data management. 

As part of his pro bono practice, Dave assists clients in landlord-tenant disputes in New York City Housing Court. He has also assisted injured combat veterans in connection with disability benefit proceedings.  Dave also serves as a deputy to the Village Attorney for the Village of Rockville Centre, New York, prosecuting traffic and other infractions in the village court.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Dave served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  He was selected as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


Recent Notable Matters

Real Estate Investment Firm — defending against claims of breach of fiduciary duty before the Delaware Chancery Court*

Plumbing Fixture Manufacturer and Distributor — buyout proceeding under Section 1118 of the New York Business Corporation Law*

Cosmetics Company — defending against claims alleging usurpation of a corporate opportunity*

Securities Firm — defending against claims by a former employee alleging breach of contract and fraud*

Seafood Distributor — defending company and its owners against claims brought by the estate of a deceased partner*

Private Equity Fund — several actions involving a Brazilian cargo airline

Insurance Carrier — dispute concerning the availability of D&O insurance coverage 

Private Equity Fund — derivative action involving a California aerospace company 

FINRA Member Firms — various types of FINRA arbitrations, including employee and industry disputes

* Work completed prior to Bracewell



Brooklyn Law School,
Kenyon College,
Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admissions

New York