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Armillei, David

David Armillei

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3278
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

David Armillei is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office.  He specializes in complex securities and fiduciary duty litigation, including actions involving residential mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps, and collateral liquidations.  He has helped clients obtain dozens of victories and/or favorable settlements, worth billions of dollars, in federal and state court in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California.

David also has extensive experience in employment disputes, and has defended numerous employers in employment actions involving claims of discrimination based on race, gender and disability, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and employment-related torts.  In addition, David has represented employers in actions involving misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, and violation of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

David has experience with each phase of litigation, including evaluating potential claims, preparing complaints, defeating jurisdictional motions and motions to dismiss, obtaining fact and expert discovery, defeating (and winning) summary judgment motions, preparing for trial, mediation, and negotiating settlements.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, David was Vice President and Special Counsel to the Chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, LLC, a prominent investment holding company.  Prior to that, David was a litigation associate for several years in the New York office of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and clerked for the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

  • SoftBank Vision Fund
  • GoldenTree Asset Management
  • Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
  • Reading International Inc.
  • Federal Housing Financing Agency
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • The Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • IBM
  • Markwins Beauty Brands
  • Represented FHFA, as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in its landmark RMBS litigation against banks and mortgage companies alleging misrepresentations in the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.  The actions involve securities originated and or sold by Bank of America, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Barclays, and others.  To date, FHFA has recovered approximately $20 billion in settlements.
  • Represented MassMutual, which filed 13 actions against banks and mortgage companies alleging misrepresentations in the sale of approximately $1.5 billion in residential mortgage-backed securities.  The actions involve securities originated and/or sold by Countrywide, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Credit Suisse, Bear Stearns, and JPMorgan Chase, among others.
  • Represented Prudential Insurance Company in nine lawsuits against Wall Street banks arising from the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.  Defendants included Bank of America and Merrill Lynch; Barclays; Countrywide; Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan and Bear Stearns; Nomura; the Royal Bank of Scotland; and UBS.  Each case was successfully resolved after favorable court rulings.
  • Represented Epson as complainants in an ITC Advisory Opinion and Modification proceedings, resulting in findings of infringement by proposed design-around products and modification of an existing GEO to include “components” in addition to ink cartridges.
  • Stanford Law School
    (J.D., with Distinction, 2003)
    • Stanford Journal of International Law:
      • Senior Articles Editor, 2001-2002
  • The University of Virginia
    (B.A., with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, American Government & Foreign Affairs, 2000)
  • The State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States District Courts:
    • Central District of California
    • District of Columbia
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Southern District of New York
  • MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, LLC:
    • Vice President and Special Counsel to the Chairman, 2010-2011
  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP:
    • Associate, 2003-2004; 2006-2010
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly:
    • United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 2004-2006
  • “The Future Is Now:  The First Wave of Cyber Insurance Litigation Commences, and the Groundwork is Laid for the Coming Storm,” 2016 WL 1089828 (February 2016).