David A. Moreno Jr.

Biography

David Moreno is an experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in a wide range of areas, including commercial litigation, tort litigation, and white collar defense. David is also a certified contract adviser with the National Basketball Association, National Football League, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. 

David served as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office where he prosecuted more than 1,200 criminal cases and tried 13 cases to verdict. Additionally, David was a member of the Public Assistance Fraud Unit.

Since leaving the District Attorney’s office, David has tried numerous cases including personal injury matters involving soft tissue injuries, spinal fusion, and traumatic brain injuries. He also has experience representing clients in white collar matters including cross-border issues, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, and other financial crimes. 

David has represented athletes in the negotiations and legal review of marketing agreements and playing contracts for several athletes as well as E-sports athletes. He has also counseled celebrities, athletes, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and companies in crisis situations. At his prior firm, David chaired the firm’s reputation management and brand protection practice.

David is dedicated to serving the members of communities often overlooked by the legal system. He serves as a mentor, motivational speaker, and teacher. In law school, David received awards for leadership, oral advocacy, trial advocacy, and was inducted into the University of Miami School of Law’s highest honor society.

Outside the Firm

David enjoys helping entrepreneurs and has appeared on a Bloomberg TV and Apple TV television show focused on entrepreneurship. David is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and has worked extensively to help create more equity in business, law, and sports.

Experience

In recent years, David has worked on the following matters:

  • Obtained a plaintiff’s verdict in a trial involving a back fusion injury.
  • Obtained a plaintiff’s verdict in a trial involving torn ligaments and broken bones.
  • Obtained the policy limit in a traumatic brain injury case.
  • Represented a physician in a federal healthcare fraud litigation.
  • Represented several NCAA and NBA athletes in federal college basketball corruption litigation.
  • Represented a former NCAA athlete in a wrongful expulsion litigation.
  • Represented an MLB player in a successful high-profile arbitration with Major League Baseball.
  • Represented athletes in television appearance and licensing deals.
  • Led an internal investigation into workplace misconduct on behalf of a client company.
  • Advised a foreign diplomat in an international white collar criminal investigation.
  • Represented a recording label in artist deals, manufacturing, distribution, and promotion agreements.
  • Represented a cast member of a famous film in a dispute relating to improper use of his moniker and stage name.
  • Represented a blockchain subscription platform in securing service agreements with talent; also established the platform’s terms and conditions, privacy policy, and beta testing agreements.
  • Represented a fashion designer and heiress in a criminal matter.
  • Represented an employee in a racial discrimination and wrongful termination litigation against a former employer, obtaining a favorable resolution.

Recognitions

  • 2021, Sports & Entertainment Trailblazer, listed in the National Law Journal
  • 2018–2021, Rising Star, New York, listed in Super Lawyers
  • 2017, Top 100 for Criminal Defense, listed in The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017, Distinguished Lawyer, listed in The Expert Network
  • 2016, Top 40 Under 40, listed in The National Black Lawyers
  • 2016, Top 10 Under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney, listed in The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Affiliations

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
Professional Activities

David serves as vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Sports Law Committee. David has also co-founded the Black In-House Counsel Sports General Counsel Roundtable, an organization focused on creating opportunities and equity for diverse attorneys in sports. He also serves as an attorney mentor for the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program (2016–present), a mentor/volunteer speaker on domestic violence education at NYC public schools, and a volunteer coach for the Harlem Hoops Afterschool Basketball Program. David previously served as a board member for Many Hopes Charity (2016–2018).

Credentials

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of New York
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, JD
  • Long Island University, BA, cum laude