David W. Austin concentrates his practice on complex litigation. Mr. Austin is experienced in complex litigation, including commercial disputes and product liability defense. Claims included piercing the corporate veil, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment. All claims were resolved in favor of the client.
Mr. Austin's trial experience includes participation in a twelve-day trial where he acted as lead associate representing a large private equity fund in a multi-million dollar claim by a creditor of an insolvent corporation to recover from the debtor's directors and from its parent, a venture capital fund.
Mr. Austin served two years as clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. He has also taught appellate advocacy at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Prior to embarking on a career in the law, Mr. Austin worked for the Italian Ministry of Health and with non-governmental organizations in Italy and other European countries. He was elected to the board of the European Council of AIDS Service Organizations and served as a representative for Southern Europe from 1991 to 1994. In 1996, he was a visiting Research Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.
Mr. Austin has a special interest in asylum law and public interest work. He has provided pro bono service to the National Immigrant Justice Center as a member of its Leadership Council. Mr. Austin has also provided pro bono service for the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (as amicus in an Illinois Supreme Court case).
Mr. Austin received a B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1995. He received his J.D., cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School in 2001.