David Spears

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in New York, NY

Spears & Imes LLP
 | 51 Madison Ave, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-213-6991
Fax: 212-213-0849
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Securities Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney David Spears is a founding partner at the New York City law firm of Spears & Imes LLP. He has used the experience he gained early in his career to build a reputation as a leading criminal, civil and regulatory litigator. Today, clients from around the world who have complex legal issues turn to him for representation when facing a variety of legal challenges, including those involving the following:

•Securities fraud •Money laundering  •Tax crimes •White collar crimes •Complex litigation

Mr. Spears began his legal career in 1977 after earning his law degree from Columbia University School of Law.  Prior to establishing his own firm, Mr. Spears gained valuable experience in a number of high-level government positions. He worked for the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C., and he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

As a top trial attorney, Mr. Spears has had a number of high-profile victories in both criminal and civil cases. 


Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 50%Securities Litigation
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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About David Spears

Admitted: 1978, New York

Professional Webpage: http://spearsimes.com/attorneys/david-spears/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar
  • Admitted to the New York Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • David Spears & Mónica Folch, "A Bad Enforcement Policy at FINRA," New York Law Journal (Nov. 14, 2012)
  • James Drake & David Spears, "Obtaining Evidence in England for U.S. Proceedings," New York Law Journal (Apr. 15, 2014)


  • Regulatory Fundamentals Grp. LLC v. Governance Risk Mgmt. Compliance, LLC, 13 Civ. 2493 (KBF), 2014 WL 3844796 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 5, 2014)
  • Bayerische Landesbank v. Aladdin Capital Management LLC, 692 F.3d 42 (2d Cir. 2012)
  • United States v. Stein, 541 F.3d 130 (2d Cir. 2008)
  • United States v. Stein, 495 F. Supp. 2d 330 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)
  • Dep't of Enforcement v. Morrison, FINRA Disc. Proceeding 2008013863702 (2012)

Educational Background:

  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1974
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Office Location for David Spears

51 Madison Ave
25th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Phone: 212-213-6991

Fax: 212-213-0849

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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