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David N. Cinotti


David N. Cinotti


Practice Areas




Before joining PSWH, I worked at AmLaw 100 firms in New York for almost 10 years. I wanted a firm in New Jersey with the same deep commitment to client service and excellence as those larger firms. PSWH has those attributes, along with a dedication to the communities and state where we live and work, and some of the best lawyers with whom I’ve practiced. It is a privilege to join the firm’s partnership.


David Cinotti focuses his practice on commercial litigation, international and domestic arbitration, and appellate litigation. He has represented clients in the financial-services, hospitality, e-commerce, real-estate, and healthcare industries, among others. Cinotti has substantial experience litigating and arbitrating disputes involving breach of contract, business torts, Section 1983, privacy and data protection, bankruptcy, complex financial transactions, and cross-border and multi-jurisdictional issues. 

Before joining PSWH, David was a counsel at Venable LLP, clerked for the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Richard Conway Casey of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

Representative Matters

  • Represented developers in federal constitutional litigation against New Jersey municipalities. One case concerned allegations that the municipality abused its eminent-domain power for corrupt and other improper purposes; the other case concerned allegations that the municipality abused its power to exact unlawful concessions from our client.
  • Represented a liquidating trustee appointed by a federal bankruptcy court on an appeal to the New Jersey Appellate Division concerning more than $200 million in claims against the corporate parents and affiliates of an insolvent entity relating to environmental liabilities for pollution of the Passaic River.
  • Represented the liquidator of an insolvent Swiss financial-services company in bankruptcy litigation under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code against U.S., U.K., and Korean financial institutions. The case involved a dispute as to whether U.S. and Swiss bankruptcy law permitted some of the defendants to set off amounts owed the plaintiff under ISDA Master Agreements governing derivatives transactions against amounts that the plaintiff and one of its affiliates owed to another defendant under different ISDA Master Agreements.
  • Represented a Latin American State in two investment-treaty arbitrations before arbitral tribunals and an annulment committee at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The case involved allegations that the State violated bilateral investment treaties by failing to pay the claimants for custom inspection services.
  • Represented an international hotel-management company in a contract dispute with a hotel owner raising issues of first impression under New York law concerning the hotel owner’s right to terminate the management company without cause on the theory that the management agreement was a personal-services contract. Successfully argued interlocutory appeal to the New York Appellate Division resulting in dismissal of a trespass claim against the management company.
  • Co-wrote motion to dismiss, appellee brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and opposition to certiorari petition to U.S. Supreme Court resulting in dismissal of computer-privacy claims in multidistrict litigation against digital-advertising company. The plaintiffs claimed that the defendants violated federal criminal statutes when they allegedly circumvented browser privacy settings to place cookies on the plaintiffs’ devices.
  • Represented a hedge fund against the trustee and securities administrator of a residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) trust before the New York County Commercial Division and the New York Appellate Division, First Department. The case concerned an issue of first impression—whether a no-action clause that requires securities-holders in an RMBS trust to obtain the permission of their fellow securities-holders before suing applies to claims seeking to enforce the right to receive payment on the securities.
  • Represented a physician in a federal bribery prosecution relating to alleged kickbacks.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Former Adjunct Professor (2009-2013), Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Expert for Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
  • Cento Amici
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey


  • Co-author, "Is Arbitration a Good Alternative to Litigation for B2B Disputes?" in the New Jersey Business Magazine (2018)
  • “Treaties as Substantive Law in U.S. Litigation” in International Aspects of U.S. Litigation (ABA 2017)
  • Co-author, “Challenging and Enforcing International Arbitral Awards in New York Courts,” in International Commercial Arbitration in New York (Oxford University Press 2010; updated 2016)
  • Competence-competence Under U.S. Arbitration Law After BG Group plc v. Republic of Argentina, 37 Romanian Arbitration Journal 5 (2016)
  • "Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution" -Financier Worldwide (2015)
  • How Informed is Sovereign Consent to Investor-State Arbitration?, 30 Maryland Journal of International Law 105 (2015)
  • Co-author, Paraguay Arbitrations Result in Conflicting Decisions: Distinction Between Treaty and Contract in International Investment Arbitration, Latin American Law & Business Report (November 2012)
  • Co-author, Beyond Nondiscrimination: AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion and the Further Federalization of U.S. Arbitration Law, 12 Pepperdine Journal of Dispute Resolution (2012)
  • Co-author, Inside the 2d Cir. Analysis of Absolute Activist, Law360 (June 5, 2012)
  • Bilateral Investment Treaties Protect UAE Investors Engaged in Foreign Direct Investment, Emirates Law Journal (May 2012)
  • Co-author, E-Discovery in Cross-Border Litigation: Taking International Comity Seriously, International Dispute Resolution News (Fall 2010)
  • Note, The New Isolationism: Non-Self-Execution Declarations and Treaties as the Supreme Law of the Land, 91 The Georgetown Law Journal 1277 (2003)
  • The Incoherence of Neutrality: A Case for Eliminating Neutrality From Religion Clause Jurisprudence, 45 Journal of Church & State 499 (2003)

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • B.A., College of the Holy Cross, summa cum laude, 2000
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2003


  • Italian

Honors and Accolades

  • New York Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2011-2017

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