David Schwartz


Fordham University School of Law, J.D.; The University of Chicago, B.S.

(310) 301-3335


David J. Schwartz is the Founding Partner of DJS Law Group, which focuses on event-driven and special situation litigation using legal strategies to enhance clients’ investment returns.

David has been named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation and was also selected, three years in a row, to their “40 & Under Hot List,” which recognized him as one of the nation’s most accomplished attorneys. Lawdragon has recognized him as one of the country’s “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers” and he has also been featured in Lawdragon’s Lawyer Limelight series.

Over the last several years, David has helped secure leadership roles on behalf of his clients in some of the largest securities and Delaware class actions, including cases against Lordstown, Nikola, Alta Mesa, Paypal, and others.

David’s extensive experience includes prosecuting, as well as defending against, securities and corporate governance actions for an array of domestic and international clients, including hedge funds, merger arbitrageurs, retail investors, pension funds, mutual funds, and asset management companies. He has played a pivotal role in some of the largest securities class action and corporate governance cases in recent years, achieving over $170 million in settlements in 2022 alone:

• In re CannTrust, Inc. Securities Litigation; CA$129.5 million settlement
• In re Resideo Securities Litigation (one of the three largest in the Eighth Circuit); $55.0 million settlement
• Makris, et al. v. Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al., C.A. No. 2021-0681-LWW; $12.5 million settlement
• In re Mindbody, Inc. Securities Litigation; $9.75 million settlement

David has also done substantial work in mergers and acquisitions appraisal litigation and direct action/opt-out litigation, including over a dozen appraisals in domestic and foreign jurisdictions. Among other cases, David is currently prosecuting In re Lordstown Securities Litigation and several international appraisal actions.

David earned his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law, where he served on the Urban Law Journal. He graduated cum laude from The University of Chicago majoring in Economics.