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Kolker, David R.
David R. Kolker
P: +1.212.508.6147
F: +1.212.938.3806

Christine Lee


David Kolker is an associate in the litigation section of Bracewell's New York office. He focuses on trial and appellate work in general commercial litigation, securities litigation, internal investigations, bankruptcy, and white-collar matters in state and federal court. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries through all phases of litigation, from motion practice and discovery, through settlement or trial and appeals. He also has worked on several pro bono immigration matters.

During law school, David served as a law clerk with the United States Department of Justice and with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.

Representative Matters

Lead associate on a team representing an individual in connection with class action lawsuits and government investigations involving allegations of insider trading.

Member of a team representing global asset management company, its chief executive officer, and a publicly-traded affiliate in a shareholder class action challenging the fairness of a merger transaction under Delaware law.

Member of a team representing a second lien group in bankruptcy litigation and restructuring in chapter 11 proceeding related to construction equipment rental business.

Member of a team representing a large computer software company in connection with several New York state and city investigations and subpoenas served by several regulators.  The investigations concluded without any adverse action against the company.

Lead associate on a team representing a multinational bank in connection with various investigations conducted by the DOJ, SEC and FINRA.

Representing a victim of human trafficking in obtaining a T-Visa to legally work and reside in the United States.

Publications and Speeches

"Delaware Court Establishes ‘Taxonomy’ For Controlling Stockholder Claims," Transaction Advisors (November 2014).

"Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Securities Laws," Financial Fraud Law Report (September 2014).

“Delaware Supreme Court Confirms the Path to Business Judgment Review in Controlling Stockholder Transactions,” Transaction Advisors (April 2014).

“Supreme Court Holds That Proof of Materiality is Not a Prerequisite to Certification of Fraud-on-the-Market Securities Class Actions,” Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Vol. 67, Nos. 1 & 2 (2013).


J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2010
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2004

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


Law Clerk, United States Department of Justice
Law Clerk, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Senior Articles Editor, International Law in Domestic Courts Journal, The George Washington University Law School
Dean's Fellow, Legal Research and Writing Program, The George Washington University Law School