David Stellings

David Stellings

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in New York, NY

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
 | 250 Hudson Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1413
Phone: 212-355-9500
Fax: 212-355-9592
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (40%),
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Consumer Law (30%)
Attorney Profile

Obtaining Great Results For His Clients

David S. Stellings represents businesses and individuals from around the world in complex litigation in federal and state courts. For the last twenty years, David has focused on consumer fraud, financial fraud, and breach of contract cases. He has recovered more than $12 billion dollars for his clients.

David is part of the leadership team in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” multidistrict litigation, in which plaintiffs allege that Volkswagen intentionally and systematically cheated its customers, lied to the government, and misled the public about the emissions of its diesel engine vehicles sold under the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands. In October 2016, the Court granted final approval to a partial class settlement worth $10.03 billion.

David also is a member of leadership in the Takata exploding airbag nationwide class action.  Plaintiffs in that case allege that more than 34 million class members were damaged when airbag manufacturer Takata and several major automobile manufacturers knowingly exposed them to the risk of being killed or injured by shrapnel from exploding airbags.

David also is on the leadership team in the multidistrict Checking Account Overdraft litigation. The lawsuits charge that banks changed the order of debit card transactions for the purpose of maximizing the number of times they could assess their customers overdraft fees. To date, the Court has approved more than $1 billion in settlements.

David is co-lead counsel in several cases pending in federal court in Virginia, in which plaintiffs allege that certain oil and natural gas companies improperly underpaid gas royalties to the owners of the gas. In one case, David recovered for his clients approximately 95% of the damages they suffered. He also brokered settlements on behalf of natural gas royalty owners in five other class actions outside Virginia. Those settlements — in which class members recovered between 70% and 100% of their damages, excluding interest — were valued at more than $160 million.

David played a leading role in the firm’s consumer fraud and antitrust litigation on behalf of businesses and consumers in New York, Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee against Microsoft Corporation. The landmark litigation charged Microsoft with having committed anticompetitive conduct, violations of state deceptive and unfair business practices statutes, and overcharging of businesses and consumers for Windows and other software. The settlements in the litigation totaled over $700 million. David currently is on the leadership team pursuing similar claims against Microsoft in Canada.

About David Stellings

Admitted: 1994, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.lieffcabraser.com/attorneys/david-s-stellings/


  • "New York Metro Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers, 2012-2017; "Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist," Consumer Attorneys of California, 2017; "Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist," Public Justice, 2012; "Lawdragon Finalist," Lawdragon, 2009.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association; Bar Association of the City of New York; Children's Day School (Board of Trustees); Menorah Park (Board of Trustees); New Jersey State Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; San Francisco Jewish Home for the Aged (Board of Trustees); SF Works (Board of Trustees).
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Office Location for David Stellings

250 Hudson Street
8th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1413

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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