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David A. Straite


David Straite joined the New York office of Kaplan Fox in 2013. He focuses on digital privacy litigation, helping to protect consumer privacy in class actions against Facebook, Google, Yahoo and others.  In 2012, M.I.T. Technology Review magazine called Mr. Straite “something of a pioneer” in digital privacy litigation.  Mr. Straite also protects investors in securities, corporate governance, and hedge fund litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Straite helped launch the US offices of London-based Stewarts Law LLP, where he was the global head of investor protection litigation. Prior to Stewarts Law he worked in the Delaware office of Grant & Eisenhofer and the New York office of Skadden Arps.

Mr. Straite speaks frequently on topics related to both privacy and investor protection. Most recently in March 2018, he was a featured panelist at the "Recent Developments in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy" seminar at the Southern District of New York, hosted by the Federal Bar Council and moderated by the Hon. Deborah Batts. He was also a featured panelist at an international cybersecurity conference in Tel Aviv, Israel in July 2017; spoke on the "Data Privacy and Article III Standing" panel at the Federal Bar Council's 2017 Winter Meeting along with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and the Hon. Lorna Schofield; was a featured speaker at the St. John’s University “Cyber Law” CLE weekend in February 2016, and was a featured panelist on the hedge fund panel at the February 6, 2013 meeting of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys in Washington, D.C. (“Structuring Investments – Do I Get to Go to the Cayman Islands?”). David also debated the general counsel of Meetup, Inc. during 2013 Social Media Week (“David vs. Goliath: the Global Fight for Digital Privacy”) and gave a guest lecture on the Legal Talk Network’s “Digital Detectives” podcast.  He has also given interviews to Channel 10 (Tel Aviv), BBC World News (London), SkyNews (London), CBS Ch. 2 (New York) and CBS news radio (Philadelphia).  Mr. Straite is also an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business, teaching Business Law and Ethics for the Fall semester (2015, 2016 and 2017).

Mr. Straite has co-authored Google and the Digital Privacy Perfect Storm in E-Commerce Law Reports (UK) (2013), authored Netherlands: Amsterdam Court of Appeal Approves Groundbreaking Global Settlements Under the Dutch Act on the Collective Settlement of Mass Claims, in The International Lawyer’s annual “International Legal Developments in Review” (2009), and was a contributing author for Maher M. Dabbah & K.P.E. Lasok, QC, Merger Control Worldwide (2005).

Mr. Straite’s recent litigation experience includes co-leading a class of more than 600,000 consumers in Rodriguez v. Universal Property & Casualty Ins. Co. (settlement approved July 2017); co-leading a class of investors in In re: CSO Hedge Fund Litigation New York federal court ($13.5 million settlement approved January 2016); pursuing digital privacy claims as co-class counsel in In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation and In re Yahoo Mail Litigation in California (settlement approved August 2016) and In re: Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation in Delaware; pursuing corporate governance claims in Delaware Chancery Court in a number of matters; and helping to develop the first multi-claimant test of the UK’s new prospectus liability statute in a case against the Royal Bank of Scotland in the English courts.


B.A., Tulane University, Murphy Institute of Political Economy (1993)
J.D., magna cum laude, Villanova University School of Law (1996), Managing Editor, Law Review and Order of the Coif


Bar affiliations and court admissions:
Bar of the State of New York (2000)
Bar of the State of Delaware (2009)
Bar of the State of Pennsylvania (1996)
Bar of the State of New Jersey (1996)
Bar of the District of Columbia (2008)
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and the District of Delaware
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Ninth Circuits


Professional affiliations:
American Bar Association
       - Section of Litigation (Privacy and Data Security Committee)
       - Section of Business Law
Delaware Bar Association
New York American Inn of Court (Master of the Bench)
Internet Society