David D. Piper

David Piper focuses his practice on complex and commercial litigation matters, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and proactive counseling in areas of emerging risk and opportunity.  A shareholder in Keesal, Young & Logan’s (KYL) Long Beach office, David has obtained LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV® Preeminent” Peer Review Rating, and was voted a “Rising Star of Southern California Law” by Law & Politics Magazine during all four years of his eligibility.

David has been actively involved in leading KYL’s alternative pricing and technology initiatives since 2010 and he regularly counsels clients and industry groups on issues related to emerging areas of risk and opportunity at the intersection of legal precedent and the promise of new technology.  David has presented continuing legal education seminars and executive education on cybersecurity, risk management, distributed ledger technology and bankruptcy and creditor’s rights.

In addition to counseling clients relative to their risk profile before litigation arises, David has broad experience in state trial and appellate courts, federal district courts, bankruptcy courts, bankruptcy appellate panels, and various arbitration forums (including the AAA and FINRA throughout California and the United States.  His recent practice has been focused in the following areas:

  • Cybersecurity and Privacy: David is a member of the firm’s cybersecurity and privacy law practice and is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals in United States Privacy Law (CIPP/US).  His work includes advising clients on navigating the increasingly complex framework of data security and privacy regulations in both planning and post-breach scenarios.
  • Complex Business Litigation:  David represents a variety of clients with respect to complex civil business litigation matters.  He represents real estate owners and developers, financial services clients, manufacturers, retailers and professional firms in connection with business-to-business disputes, governmental claims, and class action litigation, involving various statutory and common law claims.
  • Mortgage Banking Litigation:  David represents the firm’s mortgage banking clients in connection with litigation and regulatory matters.  David’s practice includes both the defense of class actions and claims involving individual lending transactions.  He acts as counsel with respect to a wide variety of matters including origination and servicing claims.  Some of the matters in which David serves as counsel include the defense of wrongful foreclosure and fraud claims, Homeowner Bill of Rights claims, allegations of dual tracking, claims involving promised or failed loan modifications, unfair business practices, RESPA, TILA and FDCPA claims, lien priority disputes, claims involving force-placed insurance and misapplication of payment allegations.  Representative clients for this portion of David’s practice include JPMorgan Chase Bank, Citibank, and Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Corporate Restructuring:  David represents the firm’s financial services clients and trade creditors (which include manufacturers, construction companies, service providers and suppliers) in all aspects in bankruptcy and out of court workouts throughout the United States.  David has also served as liaison with counsel to unsecured creditors’ committees.  David regularly represents clients in connection with the defense of preference, turnover and fraudulent transfer claims, claim objections, collateral valuation and lien stripping cases, contested confirmation proceedings, and a variety of other matters in bankruptcy cases and related adversary proceedings.  David’s engagements include representation of creditors in the bankruptcy proceedings of Midway Gold (a large scale gold mining operation), The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (supermarket and liquor store retailer), Circuit City (consumer products retailer), National RV (a publicly-held manufacturer of recreational vehicles), Murray, Inc. (one of the largest manufacturers of lawn mowers and landscaping equipment in the United States), Big A Drug Stores (a privately-held chain of drug stores in Southern California), and Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (commercial vessel construction company).  David represents secured and mezzanine lenders in bankruptcy and workout cases involving resort, hotel, retail, and mixed-use properties.  Representative clients for this portion of his practice include Citibank, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corporation, Core-Mark International, East West Bank, and JPMorgan Chase Bank.
  • SEC Receivership Litigation:  David represents one of a handful of investors seeking to recover assets from a nearly one billion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
  • Collection Law:  As a corollary to his representation of clients in connection with bankruptcy, insolvency, and corporate reorganizations, David represents select clients in connection with collections of outstanding obligations.
  • Securities Litigation:  David represents securities broker-dealers, investment banks, and individual registered representatives in connection with virtually all types of claims involving myriad financial services and products.  His recent experience includes defense of Rule 10b-5 class action claims, unfair business practices, retail customer suitability and breach of fiduciary duty claims, involving publicly traded equities, mutual funds, ETFs, municipal bonds, private equity transactions, initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) transactions.

David received his B.A. in history, from the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned his J.D., with Distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was awarded the Emil Gumpert Trial Advocacy Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

David was admitted to the California Bar in 1995, and is licensed to practice before all California State courts, United States District Courts for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

David is active in the local community, where he served for several years on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and volunteers as a coach for youth sports.