David W. Ichel

Senior Lecturing Fellow


David W. Ichel is a partner in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He has spent more than 35 years at that law firm litigating complex commercial disputes and advising companies, boards of directors, industry associations and institutions on litigation-related issues. He has been particularly active in claims involving commercial fraud and contract, securities, product liability and mass tort, insurance company insolvency , insurance coverage, distributor termination, antitrust and unfair trade practice, libel/slander and advertising/labeling. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., the United States Supreme Court and numerous other federal Circuit and district courts throughout the United States.

Ichel joined Simpson Thacher in 1978 and was elected a partner in 1985. He received his B.A. in 1975, summa cum laude, from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1978, where he was a member of the Duke Law Journal. He currently chairs the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School.

He is listed as a leading commercial litigator in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Legal 500 United States ; Euromoney Benchmark Litigation Survey, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Who’s Who (World and America).

Ichel is a member of the American Law Institute, the Board of MFY Legal Services, Inc. in New York, one of the country’s oldest legal services providers for the poor, and has previously served as chair of that Board.