David Leit Partner

New YorkNew Jersey
T 973.597.2340 | F 973.597.2341



David Leit is a technology and intellectual property lawyer. With an unusual “hybrid” practice advising clients both on transactions and on litigation, David’s deep experience in both areas allows him to bring his unique perspective to bear on their IP and technology issues. In litigated matters, his transactional experience gives him insight into how a dispute likely will arise, which allows him to efficiently focus efforts to unearth the key evidence in a dispute. In transactions, his knowledge of how a deal may turn into a dispute helps him focus clients on the details most likely to truly matter over time.

An IP and technology law veteran, David knows well that the law consistently lags behind the latest technological innovations. David helps his clients anticipate the challenges they will likely face with cutting-edge issues: how to protect intellectual property that can be easily duplicated and distributed digitally, managing and using data in light of emerging and changing data privacy standards, protecting geographically limited trademarks in an increasingly global commercial marketplace, and dealing with the legal challenges of “big data.” In these legal frontiers, David helps his clients make informed judgments and manage risk in an uncertain environment.

David enjoys working closely with his clients. He immerses himself in his clients’ businesses, gaining an understanding of how the legal issues fit into the overall business objectives. This leads to a highly pragmatic approach to advising clients. David believes in a cost-effective approach that balances risk and reward in a manner that is sensible for each issue, for each client, in each context. While a “leave no stone unturned” approach can be appropriate in some circumstances, David knows that exhaustive efforts to nail down inherently uncertain risks can lead to “paralysis by analysis.”

Outside the office, David is heavily involved in community and civic organizations. He is a Trustee of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, where he formerly chaired the Religious School Board and served as Vice President of Education. He chairs the Religious Pluralism Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest (a committee that reports up to his partner Gary Wingens’ United Allocation Committee). He has coached over 10 seasons of youth recreational and travel softball and baseball teams, and chairs the Rules Committee for South Orange-Maplewood Baseball.

When not advising clients and pursuing his many civic interests, David can often be found riding his bike, swimming, and running down a road, training for triathlons - a recent hobby his wife regards as a mid-life crisis, but a relatively benign one.


Other Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers (2007–2009) — Named a Rising Star.

Publications

Coming to a Website Near You: More Irrelevant Advertisements
AdExchanger.com, December 17, 2010
Mark Kesslen, David Leit, Matt Savare
FTC Proposes Significant Changes to Its Endorsement and Testimonials Guides
Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, February 2009
Matt Savare, David Leit
New Intellectual Property Law Substantially Expands Tools for Fighting Infringement
Tech Group Client Alert, November 2008
David Leit
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Press Mentions

Lowenstein Sandler is representing The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, in its pending acquisition of GLAMGLOW, the Hollywood skin care brand focused on fast-acting treatment masks designed to deliver stunning, camera-ready results. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in February 2015. The Lowenstein team includes Marita A. Makinen, Seth T. Goldsamt, Michele J. Alexander, Lynda A. Bennett, Jeffrey Blumenfeld, David Leit, Christine Osvald-Mruz, Matt Savare, Jeffrey M. Shapiro, Jack Sidorov, Jeri L. Abrams, Julie Levinson Werner, David Toma, Lesley Pruzansky Adamo, Kimberly Donnelly Rowe, Annie Nazarian Davydov, and Marisa A. White. , December 19, 2014
Lowenstein Sandler attorneys Matthew Savare, Daniel Sierchio, Gal Davidovitch, and David Leit are highlighted for their pro bono work with City Without Walls, a Newark non-profit art gallery. , New Jersey Law Journal , January 4, 2010
In the context of a lawsuit filed by record companies against five college students accused of stealing music off the Internet, David Leit discusses the conflict between intellectual property holders and individuals who illegally download digital content. , NJBiz , December 10, 2007
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Related Areas

Corporate
Intellectual Property Litigation
Litigation
Outsourcing
Privacy and Information Security
The Tech Group
Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement

Education


Columbia University School of Law ( J.D. , 1995 ) , James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Samuel I. Rosenman Prize for Public Interest
Stanford University ( A.B. , 1991 ) ,  David Starr Jordan Scholar

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions


1995 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
1996 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1996 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
1997 , U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Affiliations


  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Technology Council, IT Track
  • Trustee, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
  • Executive Committee, South Orange-Maplewood Baseball
  • Unemployment Action Center (Former Chair)
  • Daughters of Israel (Former Member, Board of Governors)