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Grable, David M.

David M. Grable

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3669, Direct Fax: +1 (213) 443-3100
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Dave Grable is Co-Chair of the National Trial Practice at Quinn Emanuel, and also serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Blockchain & Digital Asset Litigation Practice.  He represents companies and individuals in civil and criminal matters across the country.  He focuses on making complicated factual and legal issues simple and understandable for juries, judges, and other decision makers.

On the civil side, clients call on Mr. Grable to lead litigation of their most important cases, including matters with alleged damages in the nine, ten, and even eleven-figure range (i.e. tens of billions of dollars).  He has litigated across a broad range of areas, including disputes about corporate governance, fraud, trade secret theft, digital assets and blockchain technology, intellectual property, securities, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, product liability, and insurance bad faith.

On the criminal/regulatory side, Mr. Grable has represented companies and individuals in investigations related to securities, FCPA, accounting, health care, antitrust, tax, and other regulatory issues.  Mr. Grable has also represented individuals charged with federal and state crimes in pretrial, trial, and post-trial settings.

Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Mr. Grable served as a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of New York, where he successfully tried cases to juries and argued appeals to the Second Circuit.  Mr. Grable also worked on anti-terrorism matters, had top secret clearance, and investigated and prosecuted the first ever material support of terrorism case brought in the Northern District of New York.

  • Ripple
  • eBay
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • StubHub
  • Aptos Labs
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System
  • Lending Club
  • Pfizer
  • Lead counsel for Ripple Labs in case filed in Delaware Chancery Court by Tetragon Financial Group demanding $175 million redemption payment from Ripple.  Defeated Tetragon’s preliminary injunction motion and application for interlocutory appeal, and won summary judgment motion and fees motion against Tetragon for 100% of fees sought. 
  • Lead counsel for StubHub and eBay in federal and state cases alleging misappropriation of trade secrets in connection with development of iOS and Android apps.  Won summary judgment twice.
  • Lead counsel for Aptos Labs in case filed in New York state court by billionaire Shari Glazer, seeking $1 billion in damages based on claim that she was co-founder of Aptos, rather than simply an investor.  Case settled on confidential terms days after Mr. Grable deposed Ms. Glazer’s lawyer, following court ruling that Glazer’s communications with that lawyer about her investment were not privileged.
  • Lead counsel for Harbor Freight Tools in dispute with Techtronic Power Tools and Milwaukee Electric over alleged trade secret misappropriation, restrictive covenant breaches, and patent infringement. Defeated preliminary injunction motion.
  • Lead counsel on several confidential arbitrations, including for fintech company in founder’s disputes, blockchain company in market manipulation dispute, and online B2C platform against competitor for unfair business practices claims.
  • Lead counsel for eBay defending claims alleging misappropriation of information purportedly related to eBay valet service.  Joint stipulation of dismissal filed after Plaintiff admitted in deposition to altering evidence.
  • Lead counsel for fintech company in confidential founder’s dispute and arbitration.
  • Co-lead counsel defending Verizon Wireless and Novatel in patent infringement trial seeking tens of millions in damages related to wireless “hotspot” devices.  Obtained complete defense verdict – based on finding of non-infringement – after less than three hours of jury deliberations.
  • Lead counsel for Harbor Freight Tools defending patent infringement and Lanham Act claims brought by Lincoln Electric.  Defeated Lincoln’s motion for preliminary injunction seeking to block sale of Harbor Freight welder line, following expedited discovery. 
  • Co-lead counsel in 59-count RICO case brought against highly successful businessman by Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Obtained dismissal of some RICO charges pre-trial, some during four-week trial, and remainder through post-trial motions based on government misconduct.
  • Lead counsel for Ripple Labs in dispute with R3 over fraud and breach of contract claims related to various agreements, including option grant for 5 billion XRP, a digital asset valued at over $3 per unit during the pendency of dispute.  Cases filed in Delaware, San Francisco, and New York
  • Lead counsel for Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System in case brought against Toronto-based private equity firm Catalyst Capital Group.  Case seeks hundreds of millions in damages on direct and derivative claims.
  • Co-lead counsel for LendingClub in case brought by Federal Trade Commission alleging false advertising in connection with origination fees. Case settled with payment of less than 1% of amounts sought in lawsuit.
  • Lead counsel for Harbor Freight Tools defending patent infringement and Lanham Act claims brought by Lincoln Electric.  Defeated Lincoln’s motion for preliminary injunction seeking to block sale of Harbor Freight welder line, following expedited discovery.
  • Lead counsel for aerospace company seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages against international conglomerate in connection with failed acquisition and theft of trade secrets.  Case settled on confidential terms after Mr. Grable deposed adversary's high-level executive.
  • Co-lead counsel for Lending Club in SEC and DOJ investigations and consolidated state and federal securities class actions.
  • Lead counsel for Harbor Freight Tools defending design patent and trade dress claims against Snap-on tools.  Defeated Snap-on’s motion for preliminary injunction seeking to block sale of Harbor Freight product, following expedited discovery.  Case settled thereafter without any payment.
  • Lead counsel for eBay in dispute with Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) over failed software development agreement.  Case settled on confidential terms after Court indicated it would disqualify opposing in-house and prevent key witness from testifying, in response to relief requested by eBay.
  • Trial counsel for litigation trust in case against Big Four accounting firm in connection with implosion of midstream oil company.  Claims sought over $1 billion in damages.  Case settled on confidential terms shortly before trial.
  • Trial counsel for eBay, Inc. in theft of trade secret, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty case against craigslist related to eBay's minority investment in craigslist.  Case settled on confidential terms.
  • Trial counsel for multiple Fortune 500 companies in multiple product liability cases.
  • Trial counsel for health care plan suing physician network over breach of agreement.  Case settled on confidential terms after Mr. Grable deposed adversary's Chairman of Board and CEO.
  • Represented multiple institutional investors in investigation and litigation of claims arising out of investments in collateralized debt obligations, residential mortgage backed securities, and related derivatives.
  • Represented chief executive of Fortune 500 company in Department of Justice price-fixing investigation.
  • Represented subsidiary of Fortune 100 company in Department of Justice, SEC, and state regulator investigation into finite reinsurance arrangements.
  • Represented Fortune 100 company, executive of Fortune 500 company, and executives of publicly-traded technology companies in separate U.S. Attorney investigations into stock option grants.
  • Represented executive of Fortune 500 company in SEC insider trading investigation.
  • Represented individuals in federal grand jury investigations pending in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Eastern District of Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the Southern District of New York.
  • Cornell Law School
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 1998)
    • Cornell Law Review:
      • Editor-in-Chief
    • Order of the Coif
  • Stanford University
    (B.A., Psychology, 1995)
    • Stanford University Football Team, 1991-1994
  • The State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of New York
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • The State Bar of Massachusetts
  • United States District Courts:
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Northern District of New York
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York:
    • Assistant U.S. Attorney, 2001-2005
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Joseph L. Tauro:
    • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1998-1999
  • Named a BTI Client Service All-Stars, 2020, 2024
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2024
  • Named Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers, 2020-2024
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar 2023
  • Listed in Euromoney Benchmark’s Plaintiffs Guide as Plaintiffs’ Star in California
  • The Continuing Evolution of Justice Department Views on Corporate Cooperation, 11 Criminal Law Journal, Issue 3 (2009).
  • Personhood Under the Due Process Clause: A Constitutional Analysis of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, 83 Cornell L. Rev. 820 (1998).