H. David Leslie

H. David Leslie
David Leslie is counsel in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice and a member of its Privacy and Cybersecurity group. David has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) credential, and regularly advises and defends clients in connection with privacy and data security issues, including litigating a broad range of privacy-related class actions and mass arbitrations. He also has extensive state and federal experience at all stages of complex commercial litigations, including managing complex multi-district discovery, mediation, trial, and appeals.

David represents many leading media and entertainment companies on privacy law issues, including risks associated with the use of analytics and advertising technologies. Some of his recent notable experience in the Privacy and Cybersecurity space includes serving on Weil teams that involves:

  • Settling a mass arbitration involving nearly 100,000 claimants threatened against a media company concerning alleged disclosure of personally identifiable information by the company’s video streaming service.
  • Defending several dozen nationwide class actions and mass arbitrations alleging violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), the California Invasion of Privacy Act, and numerous other state privacy statutes.
  • Obtaining voluntary dismissal of a nationwide VPPA class action filed against a global media company.

David has also served on Weil teams that have litigated a number of complex commercial and antitrust disputes, and has represented debtors in significant chapter 11 and restructuring-related litigation. Some of his notable experience includes serving on Weil teams that:

  • Successfully obtained a complete defense jury verdict for C&S Wholesale Grocers following two weeks of trial in a multi-hundred million dollar antitrust class action alleging Sherman Act violations.
  • Represented Panasonic in connection with multi-district litigation alleging industry-wide price fixing in the market for cathode-ray tube (CRTs) products.
  • Prevailed on a motion to dismiss a putative class action brought against Panasonic in California federal court related to the sale of allegedly defective Sanyo-branded solar panels, and successfully resolved a follow-on class action in New Jersey federal court.
  • Successfully defended H&R Block in several antitrust lawsuits that alleged a “no poach” conspiracy with franchisees to lower wages and reduce mobility.
  • Led Sears through contentious chapter 11 proceedings, including successfully litigating numerous related disputes that have resulted in settlements worth millions of dollars.
  • Guided NPC International, Inc., America’s largest franchisee company, through chapter 11 cases and involving over 1,600 restaurants across two iconic brands – Pizza Hut and Wendy’s –more than 35,000 employees, and over $900 million of funded debt.
  • Steered SoftBank Investment Advisors, as majority equity holder and DIP lender in the chapter 11 cases of Katerra Inc., a provider of new build, construction, and renovation services.
  • Represented Westinghouse Electric Company, a globally recognized nuclear power company, in its unprecedented chapter 11 bankruptcy cases involving liabilities in excess of $9 billion.

Additionally, David provides counseling on issues arising in high-profile corporate transactions and restructurings, including corporate due diligence and employment law issues.

David also has an active pro bono practice. Most recently, he assisted on a team filing a family separation Federal Tort Claims Act claim on behalf of an immigrant mother and son who were detained and then separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

David received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the NYU Law Moot Court Board, and his B.A. from Tufts University. Prior to joining the Firm, he clerked for Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

David is proficient in written and spoken Japanese.