David Straite

David Straite

Partner, DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC

David is a litigator and privacy advocate based in the New York office of DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC.  He is one of the nation’s leading voices for the recognition of property rights in personal data, a 10-year effort culminating in the Ninth Circuit’s landmark April 2020 decision in In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation and the Northern District of California’s March 2021 decision in Calhoun v. Google, both of which he argued. David also successfully argued for the extraterritorial application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in 2019 in In re: Apple Device Performance Litigation, and filed the first-ever data privacy class action under seal to address a dangerous website vulnerability under Court supervision in Rodriguez v. Universal Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co.  As M.I.T. Technology Review magazine put it in 2012, David is “something of a pioneer” in the field.

David also frequently teaches, most recently as an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, teaching Business Law and Ethics every fall semester from 2015 to 2021.  Prior to joining DiCello Levitt, David was a partner with Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP, and helped launch the US offices of London-based Stewarts Law LLP before that, where he was the global head of investor protection litigation. Prior to joining the plaintiffs’ bar, David was an associate with the New York office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.  Although not currently an active member, David first joined the Federalist Society in law school in 1994, one of the few Society alums in the plaintiffs’ bar.


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