David works with companies and individuals to resolve their complex business disputes, helping them reach their desired goals in the most efficient manner. He represents clients in State and Federal courts nationwide and uses negotiation, mediation and/or litigation as necessary to ensure the goals are met. David is a partner in both the firm's Litigation and State & Local Tax Groups.
David focuses his practice on business litigation including:
Whistleblower (qui tam) and False Claims Act (FCA) defense
Partnership and ownership disputes
Contract disputes and business torts
State and local tax (SALT) litigation
Real estate and construction litigation
Whistleblower defense matters, whether arising from a company employee or from third-party relators (such as the "Diamond cases" in Illinois), can arise in any industry and have a significant impact on the business due to the size of the potential penalties and monetary exposure under the FCA statute. David defends companies accused of defrauding a government entity, such as the IRS/Department of Revenue, SEC or HUD, as well as assists in company planning to decrease the potential of becoming the subject of a whistleblower lawsuit.
For business disputes, David works with owners, family members, shareholders and board members for a full range of issues including: partnership disputes (business divorces), contractual disputes, business torts, employment related issues, real estate and construction matters. David represents companies and individuals involved in business or contractual disputes, partnering with his clients to truly understand their desired outcome.
SALT litigation is unique because it marries traditional litigation with the knowledge of multi-state tax laws. David regularly represents clients before state courts and administrative tax tribunals across the country. He also litigates on behalf of his clients in appellate and federal courts, and in audit disputes and informal dispute resolution with departments of revenue nationwide.
"Once I can put myself in the shoes of the client and understand the desired end point, I can create a strategic and straight-line path to help get them there."
Known as an excellent listener, David's approach is time-efficient and focused on getting to the client's business goal. He speaks regularly on the "tips and traps" of litigation procedure and strategies, whistleblower defense and ethics.
David lives in Deerfield and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He is also an amateur musician, avid consumer of music and frequently attends live performances.
Articles in the National Law Review database by David S. Ruskin