When Geoffrey Bowers, a member of Cardozo’s class of ’82, was fired from his law firm in the late 1980s, he hired two fellow classmates to represent him in what would become one of the most significant court cases ever involving workplace discrimination.
David A. Kochman, an Associate at Reed Smith, graduated from Cardozo in 2004 and has been listed as one of the Rising Stars in the legal profession by the New York Law Journal.
David Kochman's practice at Reed Smith focuses on complex commercial litigation and appellate matters. His representations range from individually owned businesses to Fortune 50 corporations, spanning an array of industries including financial services, investment transactions and structured products, entertainment, digital media and e-commerce, retail, apparel, corporate trusts, real estate and restaurant.
Last year alone, argued over 15 substantive motions in trial courts around the country and prosecuted three appeals.
Pro Bono / Civic Work
Since 2006, David has led the pro bono representation of an Alabama death row inmate in federal habeas proceedings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. As counsel of record for the inmate, who has been on death row since 1988, David now has a certiorari petition before U.S. Supreme Court.
David also has led in the creation of a new program for Special Olympics athletes; co-founded the Hurricane Insurance Claim Help Library; served as attorney-coach for a local high school in the New York State Bar Association's mock trial tournament; and has successfully fought the removal of a Tibetan asylum applicant.
Reed Smith: 2008-present; Anderson Kill & Olick, 2004-2008
J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2004; B.A., Emory University, 2001
"Integrity is the first and foremost value. You should never, ever do anything to impugn your integrity."