David Kornblau

David L. Kornblau


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Covington & Burling LLP
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-1405
Tel: +1 212 841 1084



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1986
    • cum laude
    • Harvard Law Review, Member, Board of Editors
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1983
    • cum laude
    • Physics

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Charles Merrill, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1986-1987

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Clients turn to David Kornblau, co-chair of the firm’s Securities Enforcement practice group, to represent them in sensitive and complex investigations, related litigation, and internal investigations.

Chambers USA has ranked him for several years as one of the nation’s leading practitioners in securities enforcement, and most recently commented that he is "particularly adept at analyzing the weakness of a case through the prism of litigation and casting his clients' interests in the best possible light."

Representative Matters

  • Persuaded the SEC to drop an intensive investigation of a public company’s revenue recognition practices.
  • Convinced a federal judge to narrow the scope of an SEC asset-freeze order in litigation against sixteen members of the Wyly family in the Southern District of New York.
  • Achieved a highly favorable settlement for the New York Stock Exchange in a widely reported SEC action involving the exchange’s dissemination of market data. No fraud or intentional wrongdoing was alleged, and no individuals were charged.
  • Successfully defended a senior executive of a public company and a former senior portfolio manager of a large hedge fund in separate SEC insider trading investigations. Neither client was charged.

Honors and Rankings

  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers, Securities/Regulation/Enforcement (2012-2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation: Securities (2015) and Financial Services: Litigation (2014) 
  • Finalist, Public Justice Foundation Trial Lawyer of the Year Award (2015)
  • Burton Award for Legal Achievement (2013)
  • New York Super Lawyers, Securities Litigation (2013)

Pro Bono

  • Co-lead counsel for the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania in a landmark civil rights action and settlement, which achieved a state-wide overhaul of Pennsylvania’s policies and practices for prisoners with serious mental illness.

Publications and Speeches

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