David Swift handles a wide range of complex litigation matters, including intellectual property litigation, complex business litigation, entertainment litigation and white-collar criminal defense. David currently serves as Vice Chair of the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, which is responsible for evaluating and rating candidates for judicial office. Before joining KWIKA, David served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced civil litigation at the Los Angeles office of Munger Tolles & Olson.
In 2013, Mr. Swift was named as one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” by Variety Magazine. In 2011, David was named to the New Leaders Council’s “40 Under 40,” a national award recognizing 40 progressive leaders under the age of 40. In addition, David has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers magazine every year from 2010 to 2018—an honor awarded to the top 2.5% of lawyers in the Southern California area under 40 years of age.
- In 2018, following a five week bench trial involving business fraud claims related to an agreement to sell real property in Iran, David obtained a $34.5 million verdict on behalf of his clients.
- Represented famed actress, singer, and fashion designer Jessica Simpson in a case involving a claimed finder’s fee for the sale of her business.
- Represented Justin Bieber in claims arising from an “egging” incident with his neighbor.
- Represented a television manufacturer in a right of publicity matter brought by Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson relating to the use of the actors’ images in a magazine advertisement.
- Represented a fashion accessory company in a multi-million dollar copyright, trademark and trade dress lawsuit. The case settled on the first day of trial after David successfully moved to exclude Plaintiff’s expert and Plaintiff’s theory of damages.
- Represented a high-profile drug interventionist in a breach of contract, fraud and wrongful death case arising out of his client’s drug overdose. After a year of contentious discovery disputes, David sought and obtained terminating sanctions against Plaintiff.
- Represented Broad Street Licensing Group in its lawsuit alleging that Playboy Enterprises attempted to hide their commission obligations over Playboy-branded liquor.
- Represented an A-List celebrity in a copyright lawsuit arising from her bestselling book.
- Represented American Idol creator Simon Fuller in his case against Fox Broadcasting Company and Fremantlemedia North America, which alleged that as part of the settlement of the 2004 UK litigation regarding the similarities between American Idol and X Factor, Mr. Fuller had been promised an executive producer credit and fee for the US version of the X Factor television show.
- Represented the owner and creator of the Free City brand in a trade dress action against the brand’s former manufacturer.
- In a lengthy dispute among neighbors, David obtained a prescriptive easement for his clients so they could continue using a driveway which encroached onto the neighbor’s property.
- Represented Suburban Noize Records and its CEO in a long running dispute with minority owner Brad Xavier and his band, the Kottonmouth Kings.
- Represented the creator of a children’s brand in his lawsuit against his brand management company for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. The case settled on the eve of trial for a confidential amount.
- Represented a number of prominent musicians involving disputes over the right to use certain band names, including the bands Player and Jefferson Starship.
- Represented a former executive who was the target of an SEC investigation for insider trading. After David became involved, the SEC ultimately decided not to press charges.
- Represented an independent record label in various disputes with its artists.
- Represented numerous music managers in various disputes with their artists.
- Represented several public figures in defamation actions against national publications including The Wall Street Journal and GQ Magazine.
- Represented an individual charged with running a $39 million Ponzi scheme operation. The parties were able to reach a satisfactory plea deal.
- Represented DocuLex Inc. and its officers in a copyright, trademark and breach of contract action in the Northern District of California. After creating and implementing a targeted discovery plan, David brought a motion for summary judgment, which the court granted. See ExperExchange Inc. v. DocuLex Inc., et al., 2009 WL 3837275 (N.D.Cal. 2009). The Court also awarded DocuLex over $635,000 in fees and costs as a prevailing defendant under the Copyright Act. See ExperExchange Inc. v. DocuLex Inc., et al., 2010 WL 1881484 (N.D.Cal. 2010).
Admissions, Memberships & Qualifications
- Judicial Appointment Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2009 – present).
- Board of Trustees, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2008 – 2010; 2015 – 2017).
- Litigation Section Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2010 – 2015).
- Federal Courts Coordinating Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2013 – 2015).
- Steering Committee, Jewish Federation New Leaders Project (2013 – 2016).
- President, Los Angeles Bar Association Barristers (2009 – 2010).
- Clerk to the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2004 – 2005).
Honors & Awards
- “Hollywood’s New Leaders: Legal and Finance,” Variety Magazine, (2013)
- “Rising Star,” Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018)
- “Top 100” Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine for 2016, 2017 and 2018
- New Leaders Council’s “40 Under 40” (2011)
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- “Charting a New Course for the Barristers,” Los Angeles Lawyer, July-August 2009.
- “A State’s Power to Enter into a Consent Decree that Violates State Law Provisions: What ‘Findings’ of a Violation are Sufficient to Justify a Consent Decree that Trumps State Law?” Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights (10 Tex. J. on C. L. & C. R. 37 (2004)).
- Pomona College (Politics, Philosophy and Economics; Associate Chair of Judicial Council, four-year member of the men’s varsity soccer team), B.A., 2001
- USC School of Law (President of Public Interest Law Foundation, Member of USC Law Review, Order of the Coif), J.D., 2004