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David A. Straite, CIPP/US


David Straite joined the New York office of Kaplan Fox in 2013. He focuses on data privacy litigation, helping to protect consumer privacy in class actions against Facebook, Google, Yahoo and others. Mr. Straite is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (US Law) by the IAPP, and in 2012, M.I.T. Technology Review magazine called Mr. Straite “something of a pioneer” in the field.  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:

January 2020: featured panelist, "Balancing Government Investigation and Class Action Following a Data Breach" seminar at the Southern District of New York, hosted by the Federal Bar Council and moderated by the Hon. Naomi Reice Buchwald.

March 2018:
 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 late Hon. Deborah Batts.

February 2017: featured panelist 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. 

February 2016: featured speaker at the St. John's University "Cyber Law" CLE weekend.

February 2013: 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?")

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, 2017 and 2019).

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:

In re: Apple Inc. Device Performance Litigation, co-lead counsel for putative class of iPhone6, SE and 7 owners related to computer intrusion and trespass claims related to device throttling;

In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation, co-lead counsel for putative class of Facebook subscribers related to post-logout tracking;

In re: Yahoo Mail Litigation, co-lead counsel for class related to Yahoo's former practice of scanning incoming and outgoing email for content (settlement approved August 2016);

Rodriguez v. Universal Property & Casualty Ins. Co., co-lead counsel for a class of more than 600,000 consumers related to website security issue (settlement approved July 2017);

In re: CSO Hedge Fund Litigation, co-lead counsel for class of hedge fund investors ($13.5 million settlement approved January 2016).

Recognition and Certifications:

2019-LD-Plantiff-Financial-Lawyer-Posting CIPP-US_Seal_2013-web_002 David_Straite_SL_Badge


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
Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals