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Grable, David M.

David M. Grable

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3669
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Dave Grable is Co-Chair of the National Trial Practice Group for Quinn Emanuel. He represents companies and individuals in civil and criminal matters across the country. He focuses on making complicated factual and legal issues simple and understandable for juries, judges, and other decision makers.

On the civil side, Mr. Grable has successfully represented parties on both sides of the “v” (plaintiffs and defendants) in state and federal courts. He has litigated claims across a broad range of areas, including corporate fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, securities, trade secret theft, intellectual property, product liability, failed acquisitions, professional malpractice, breach of contract, and insurance bad faith.

On the criminal/regulatory side, Mr. Grable has represented companies and individuals in investigations related to accounting, securities, FCPA, health care, antitrust, tax, and other regulatory issues. Mr. Grable has also represented individuals charged with federal and state crimes in pretrial, trial, and post-trial settings.

Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Mr. Grable served as a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of New York, where he successfully tried cases to juries and argued appeals to the Second Circuit. Mr. Grable also worked on anti-terrorism matters, had top secret clearance, and investigated and prosecuted the first ever material support of terrorism case brought in the Northern District of New York.

Mr. Grable serves on the board of his local Little League and coaches his son’s baseball team.

  • eBay
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Lending Club
  • Ripple
  • StubHub
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Pfizer
  • Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
  • Canyon Partners, LLC
  • Lead counsel for eBay in dispute regarding Amazon’s use of eBay’s member-to-member messaging system to unlawfully recruit eBay sellers to Amazon.
  • Lead counsel for Ripple in dispute with R3 over fraud and breach of contract claims related to various agreements, including option grant for 5 billion units of cryptocurrency XRP. Cases filed in Delaware, San Francisco, and New York.
  • Lead counsel for StubHub defending claims alleging misappropriation of trade secrets in connection with development of iOS and Android apps. Won summary judgment on trade secrets claim.
  • Lead counsel for Harbor Freight Tools defending patent infringement and Lanham Act claims brought by Lincoln Electric. Defeated Lincoln’s motion for preliminary injunction seeking to block sale of Harbor Freight welder line, following expedited discovery.
  • Lead counsel for eBay defending claims alleging misappropriation of information purportedly related to eBay valet service. Joint stipulation of dismissal filed after Plaintiff admitted in deposition to altering evidence.
  • Co-lead counsel for Lending Club in SEC and DOJ investigations and consolidated state and federal securities class actions.
  • Lead counsel for Harbor Freight Tools defending design patent and trade dress claims against Snap-on tools. Defeated Snap-on’s motion for preliminary injunction seeking to block sale of Harbor Freight product, following expedited discovery. Case settled thereafter without any payment.
  • Lead counsel for eBay in dispute with Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) over failed software development agreement. Case settled on confidential terms after Court indicated it would disqualify opposing in-house and prevent key witness from testifying, in response to relief requested by eBay.
  • Lead counsel for fintech company in confidential founder’s dispute and arbitration.
  • Lead counsel for aerospace company seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages against international conglomerate in connection with failed acquisition and theft of trade secrets. Case settled on confidential terms after Mr. Grable deposed adversary's high-level executive.
  • Co-lead counsel defending Novatel and Verizon Wireless in patent infringement trial seeking tens of millions in damages related to wireless “hotspot” devices. Obtained complete defense verdict – based on finding of non-infringement – after less than three hours of jury deliberations.
  • Co-lead counsel in 59-count RICO case brought against highly successful businessman by Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office. Obtained dismissal of some RICO charges pre-trial, some during four-week trial, and remainder through post-trial motions based on government misconduct.
  • Trial counsel for litigation trust in case against Big Four accounting firm in connection with implosion of midstream oil company. Claims sought over $1 billion in damages. Case settled on confidential terms shortly before trial.
  • Trial counsel for eBay, Inc. in theft of trade secret, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty case against craigslist related to eBay's minority investment in craigslist. Case settled on confidential terms.
  • Trial counsel for multiple Fortune 500 companies in multiple product liability cases.
  • Trial counsel in fraudulent transfer case seeking to reverse $50 million in transfers.
  • Trial counsel for health care plan suing physician network over breach of agreement. Case settled on confidential terms after Mr. Grable deposed adversary's Chairman of Board and CEO.
  • Represented multiple institutional investors in investigation and litigation of claims arising out of investments in collateralized debt obligations, residential mortgage backed securities, and related derivatives.
  • Represented leading mutual fund in $40 million action against Citibank brought under Pennsylvania Securities Act relating to Enron credit-linked notes.
  • Represented chief executive of Fortune 500 company in Department of Justice price-fixing investigation.
  • Represented subsidiary of Fortune 100 company in Department of Justice, SEC, and state regulator investigation into finite reinsurance arrangements.
  • Represented Fortune 100 company, executive of Fortune 500 company, and executives of publicly-traded technology companies in separate U.S. Attorney investigations into stock option grants.
  • Represented executive of Fortune 500 company in SEC insider trading investigation.
  • Represented individuals in federal grand jury investigations pending in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Eastern District of Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the Southern District of New York.
  • Cornell Law School
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 1998)
    • Cornell Law Review:
      • Editor-in-Chief
    • Order of the Coif
  • Stanford University
    (B.A., Psychology, 1995)
    • Stanford University Football Team, 1991-1994
The State Bar of California; The State Bar of New York; The Bar of District of Columbia; The State Bar of Massachusetts; United States District Courts: Central District of California, Northern District of California, Northern District of New York
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York:
    • Assistant U.S. Attorney, 2001-2005
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Joseph L. Tauro:
    • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1998-1999
  • Listed in Euromoney Benchmark’s Plaintiffs Guide as Plaintiffs’ Star in California
  • The Continuing Evolution of Justice Department Views on Corporate Cooperation, 11 Criminal Law Journal, Issue 3 (2009)
  • Personhood Under the Due Process Clause: A Constitutional Analysis of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, 83 Cornell L. Rev. 820 (1998)