David W. Ichel was a partner for 29 years in the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he spent more than 37 years, from 1978 through 2015, litigating complex commercial disputes and advising companies, boards of directors, executives, industry associations and institutions on litigation-related issues. He was particularly active in claims involving commercial fraud and contract, securities, product liability and mass tort, insurance coverage and insurance company insolvency, distributor termination, antitrust and 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 federal Circuit and District Courts across the United States.
Today, in addition to teaching, Ichel serves as mediator, arbitrator and special master in his firm X-Dispute LLC, www.x-dispute.com, to resolve disputes similar to those he litigated as an advocate. Ichel teaches Complex Civil Litigation at Duke Law (2010-present) and Large Scale Litigation-Practical Skills at the University of Miami Law School (2018-present). In July 2019, he began a term as Chair of the Editorial Board of Judicature.
Ichel received his A.B. degree, summa cum laude, from Duke University in 1975, and his J.D. from Duke Law School in 1978, having served on the Duke Law Journal.
Ichel has served on the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School since 2002 (Chair 2009-2014). He has been a member of the American Law Institute (1993-present), has chaired and currently serves as an emeritus member of the Board of Mobilization for Justice, Inc., one of the country’s oldest providers of legal services to the poor.
A New Guard at the Courthouse Door: Corporate Personal Jurisdiction in Complex Litigation after the Supreme Court's Decision Quartet, 71 Rutgers L. Rev 1 (2019);
Has Shoe Run Its Course: How will recent Supreme Court decisions on personal jurisdiction impact the legacy of International Shoe and the future of complex litigation?, 103 Judicature 64 (Spring 2019).