David Stern has devoted his career to criminal defense. He has tried over one hundred cases in state and federal court, including three capital murder cases to verdict. David attended Indiana University and received his law degree from New York University School of Law in In 1982, David joined the Legal Aid Society’s Manhattan Office where he progressed from Staff Attorney to supervisor, to supervisor of the Senior Trial Attorney’s Bureau. As a member and supervisor of the Senior Trial Attorney Bureau, it was David’s job to try or supervise trials of the most serious and difficult cases presented to the Legal Aid office.
In 1993, after eleven years as an attorney and manager at Legal Aid, David resigned to found a partnership with Franklin Rothman, Jeremy Schneider, and Robert Soloway. Since then, his practice has focused primarily on the defense of the most serious federal criminal cases, including capital murder, terrorism, and racketeering cases. He has served as “learned counsel” in more than twentyfive federal capital David is admitted to practice in the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He instructs annually on trial practice and technique at Harvard Law School’s trial advocacy workshop, and at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program of the Cardozo School of Law in New York City.