David R. Buchanan focuses his practice on complex individual and class action litigation involving pharmaceutical injury, securities and investment fraud, consumer protection, and pension litigation.
Dave’s diverse practice includes liaison, lead, and co-lead counsel positions in a variety of high profile and complex cases, including nationwide or statewide class actions and mass torts, frequently serving on the discovery, expert, and executive committees. In these roles, he is involved in the many facets of these complex cases, from pre-litigation strategy through trial and appeal, frequently representing the interests of hundreds or thousands of aggrieved people.
Dave currently serves as Liaison Counsel (and related leadership positions) in coordinated litigation proceedings involving Accutane, DePuy orthopedic hips, Gadolinium Contrast Dyes, and Yaz/Yasmin. Mr. Buchanan also served as Liaison Counsel for the closely watched New Jersey Vioxx Litigation, which involved approximately 16,000 individual cases, and settled in November 2007 for a landmark $4.85 billion. As Liaison Counsel, Dave assumes a leadership role in developing the case through discovery and trial, and facilitates communication among the parties and respective courts.
Before joining Seeger Weiss, Dave practiced with a major Wall Street law firm where he worked on complex commercial matters, including corporate change of control and securities litigation. At Seeger Weiss, Dave has earned prominent leadership and steering committee positions in several landmark securities litigation matters. He also represents aggrieved individual investors and groups of investors in arbitration proceedings and litigation against public companies and brokerage firms for losses arising out of the deceptive marketing and sale of securities.
Recognized as an expert in the discovery and preservation of electronic information, Dave has extensive experience with matters pertaining to the discovery of email, corporate databases, and other forms of electronic information. He has served as a consultant in this capacity for many other law firms. He is frequently invited to lecture to judges and other attorneys on federal rules and discovery issues, as well as mass tort strategies.
Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Dave attended the University of Delaware where, in addition to majoring in Chemistry and Biology, he was a standout for the school’s football team. A three-year starter for the Fightin’ Blue Hens and offensive MVP his senior year, Dave received both regional and national accolades for his football and academic achievements. While he credits his rigorous athletic and competitive training for the discipline, focus, and teamwork necessary for the complex cases Dave brings to trial, his undergraduate and graduate study is an ever present asset in the science-focused cases in which he focuses. Dave lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.
Admission Dates & Jurisdictions
United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of New Jersey
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993; Samuel Belkin Scholar; Editor, Cardozo Law Review
University of Delaware, B.S., 1990, Chemistry and Biology
Honors & Awards
Best Lawyers in America; 2007-2011
New York Super Lawyers; 2007-2011
New Jersey Super Lawyers; 2009-2014
American Bar Association, Litigation Section
American Association for Justice, Litigation Group Chair, 2005-present
Speaker, Electronic Discovery, American Law Institute-American Bar Association, 2001 – 2003
Frequent Speaker, American Association for Justice
Practitioner Member, Federal Rules Advisory Committee – Electronic Discovery
Capital Campaign Committee, Oasis–Haven for Women and Children, Paterson, NJ
Volunteer, Eva’s Kitchen, Paterson, NJ