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David Mehretu

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Overview

David Mehretu is a seasoned litigator and trial attorney with 17 years of experience representing private and public entities in high impact litigation in federal and state courts.

Known for his powerful written and oral advocacy, insightful, creative, and strategic legal thinking, and deft handling of difficult matters, David’s practice is marked by complex, high-stakes, and politically significant lawsuits often covered by the media.

Clients tout David’s ability to quickly understand their operations and objectives; his highly effective communication skills with key stakeholders, including boards and other governing bodies; and his record of success devising and implementing effective and efficient strategies, to achieve his clients’ most pressing objectives and goals. He is a consummate advisor, taking pride in customizing services to the unique preferences and needs of his clients, in all areas of case administration, communication, and client engagement.

For private entities, David has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, employment litigation and investigations, class actions, unfair competition, real estate, land use and environmental litigation and regulatory challenges. He has worked with private entities in major sectors of the economy, including energy companies, technology companies, financial institutions, media and telecommunications enterprises, global consumer goods companies, food and beverage companies, real estate developers, and non-profit organizations. For public entities, David handles complex contractual disputes, defense of government officials, employment, land use, First Amendment matters, and real estate litigation.

David’s accomplishments include obtaining a dismissal on a pleadings motion of a gas company’s complaint against a California city, in high-stakes pipeline litigation, while successfully overcoming the gas company’s challenge to the city’s cross complaint for trespass. He obtained another dismissal on two companion complaints in federal telecommunication litigation, regarding novel issues of unsettled federal law. He has also conducted a large-scale sensitive employment investigation for a national healthcare company, relating to claims of discrimination and hostile work environment that implicated senior officials including C-suite level personnel.

David received his J.D. from New York University School of Law where he served as an editor for the Review of Law and Social Change. He earned his B.A. in philosophy and politics from New York University. He clerked for the Honorable Saundra B. Armstrong, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California and served as a post-doctoral legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity — a regulatory law and policy think tank based at New York University School of Law. David is Co-Chair of Meyers Nave’s Diversity Committee, providing strategic oversight and direction on a plethora of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, including the Diversity Summer Fellowship Program for rising second year law students. The “Listen Ask Learn” Speaker Series hosts acclaimed attorneys, judges, politicians, and business executives for moderator-led discussions relating to DEI, business development, and legal practice and ethics.

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