DAVID D. PIPER


David D. Piper
Shareholder and Executive Committee Member | Member of Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Long Beach/San Francisco/Seattle

David has devoted his 25-year career to litigation and trial practice focusing on commercial and consumer finance, mortgage banking, and creditors’ rights.  From running portfolios of thousands of cases, managing dozens of professionals for the largest banks in the world, to representing individuals in consumer lending disputes, David leverages his litigation and trial experience, business-minded approach, and deep knowledge of the law, to his clients’ strategic advantage.  David’s commitment to understanding his clients’ businesses and their goals, his belief in effective communication, minimizing risk, and practical problem solving make him a trusted advisor and advocate for his clients.  

A shareholder practicing from Keesal, Young & Logan’s (KYL) Long Beach, San Francisco, and Seattle offices, David has earned LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV® Preeminent™” Peer Review Rating, is included in Southern California Best Lawyers in America, and is a Fellow of the highly selective national trial lawyer’s honor society, Litigation Counsel of America.

Commercial and Residential Real Estate Litigation

David represents the firm’s financial services clients in litigation and regulatory matters.  David represents servicers and lenders (both residential and commercial) in connection with a wide variety of matters.  David’s practice includes both offensive and defensive litigation, class actions as well as claims involving individual lending transactions.  He acts as counsel with respect to a wide variety of matters including origination and servicing claims.  David has extensive experience with the defense of wrongful foreclosure and fraud claims, Homeowner Bill of  Rights claims, allegations of dual tracking, claims involving unfair business practices, promised or failed loan modifications, violations of RESPA, TILA, FDCPA and FCRA, lien priority disputes, claims involving force-placed insurance, and allegations of misapplication of payments.

David also represents clients in connection with traditional real estate litigation, including title and boundary disputes, easements, trespass, and slander of title claims.

Bankruptcy, Insolvency, and Corporate Restructuring

David represents the firm’s financial services clients and trade creditors (which include manufacturers, construction and engineering companies, service providers and suppliers) in all aspects in bankruptcy and out of court workouts throughout the United States.  David regularly represents clients in connection with contested cash collateral and confirmation proceedings, lien perfection disputes, the defense of preference, turnover and fraudulent transfer claims, claim objections, collateral valuation and lien stripping cases, and a variety of other matters in bankruptcy cases and related adversary proceedings.

Privacy and Data Security

David is a member of the firm’s privacy and data security 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.

Securities Litigation

David represents securities broker-dealers, investment banks, and individual registered representatives in connection with 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 is a member of KYL’s Executive Committee and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and he has been actively involved in leading the firm’s alternative pricing and technology initiatives since 2010.  David 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.

David received his B.A. in history, from the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned his J.D., with Distinction, from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific 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 the Washington Bar in 2017, and is licensed to practice before all California and Washington State courts, United States District Courts for the Southern, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

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

Education

  • J.D. (with distinction), University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  While in law school, David was awarded the Emil Gumpert Trial Advocacy Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.
  • B.A. (history), University of California, Berkeley

Certifications

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US)

Bar Memberships/Admissions

  • California (1995)
  • Washington (2017)
  • All California state courts
  • All Washington state courts
  • All United States District Courts in California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Articles

  • Privacy Alert: SB 561 Could Turn the CCPA into Consumers’ Ultimate Weapon (linked here) (February 27, 2019)
  • California Court of Appeal issues pro-lender opinion and deals yet another blow to the misguided Glaski decision (linked here) (February 8, 2017)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Western Independent Bankers Association 2017 Education Summit and Expo, Ransomware and Advanced Persistent Threats: Updates and Tabletop Exercise” (September 2017)
  • “Regulation by Enforcement: The CFPB’s Use of UDAAP” (December 2016) (California MBA – Legal Issuees & Regulatory Compliance Conference – Discussed recent enforcement actions brought by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and how the CFPB is using its enforcement authority relative to unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) to regulate conduct of providers of consumer financial services.)
  • “Residential Mortgage: Recent Litigation Regarding the Duty of Care Owed by Loan Servicers to Borrowers, Loan Modification Issues, Nevada and Florida HOA and Super Priority Liens, California Homeowner Bill of Rights, Mortgage Servicing Transfers, Implementation of TRID, New Data Collection Rules and Modifications to HMDA Regulations” (April 2016) (ACI’s 25th National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation – Panelist discussing recent developments in connection with mortgage litigation)
  • “You Promised What . . . ? Creating Order from the Chaos of Outside Counsel Guidelines.” (February 2016) (ALM 12th Annual Law Firm Chief Information & Technology Officers Forum – Panelist discussing law firm implementation of outside counsel guidelines and how to most effectively resolve issues which may arise between firms and clients.)

Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell (highest level of professional excellence)
  • Selected to Southern California Best Lawyers in America© List (Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions) (2020)
  • Selected to Southern California Rising Star List (Thomson Reuters) (all four years of his eligibility) (a designation limited to 2.5% of attorneys in a geographic region)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Community Engagement

  • Member Board of Directors, YMCA of Greater Long Beach
  • Member Board of Directors NPMA (2011–2017, 2018)
  • Coach for Youth Sports (various)