Williams & Connolly is pleased to announce the appointment of partner David Kurtzer-Ellenbogen as Co-Chair of the firm’s Class Actions and Consumer Defense practice. David joins Edward Barnidge in leading the group.
David has represented clients in a broad range of matters in federal and state courts and numerous other venues, and has tried cases in court and in arbitration proceedings. He has also conducted multiple internal investigations for corporate clients, and defended clients in high-stakes governmental investigations. His practice is international in scope, and he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in high-dollar disputes. David has particular experience in class action litigation, as well as claims involving complex financial transactions.
The firm’s class action experience spans a wide array of industries and subject matters, including financial services, consumer products, data breach, pharmaceuticals, technology, medical services, telecommunications, automotive, real estate, and manufacturing.
Our attorneys have taken the lead role, including as national coordinating counsel, in some of the country’s most-publicized and complex class actions, such as those involving Enron, HealthSouth, WorldCom, Freddie Mac, ChoicePoint, Archer Daniels Midland, Merck/Vioxx, Wyeth/Prempro and the animal feed additive Lysine.
Our cases frequently involve representing clients in multiple jurisdictions at once, with the goal of defeating class certification or, if necessary, defending the case on the merits. We also regularly handle appeals of trial court orders certifying classes, and we have obtained reversal of class certification decisions on multiple occasions. In addition, we have been brought in to resolve certain class actions and guide the resolutions through fairness hearings and challenges on appeal.