Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP
David G. Ebert
T: 212-907-9603
F: 212-907-9681
Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Corporate & Commercial
General Counsel Group
Intellectual Property
Labor and Employment
Asia Practice

An accomplished trial lawyer, David Ebert has extensive experience litigating, trying—and resolving—complex commercial matters in state and federal courts, as well as before mediation and arbitration tribunals in New York and around the country.

With more than 25 years of experience, David has served as lead counsel in a broad spectrum of matters involving industries and issues such as intellectual property, licensing, telecommunications, trade secrets, patent licensing and infringement, advertising, manufacturing, confectionaries, business fraud, professional liability defense, including lawyers and accountants, misappropriation of ideas, unfair competition, defamation, employment discrimination and wrongful termination, restrictive covenants and real estate. In addition, David is regularly engaged to navigate partnership, shareholder and limited liability company disputes, judicial accountings, departures and dissolutions for attorneys, among many other professional services providers and commercial partners.

In the role of outside general counsel, David routinely advises clients on best practices and long-term strategies to anticipate and avoid conflict.  His far-reaching experience in complex commercial litigation informs his practical and straightforward approach.  He helps clients identify and understand issues that “matter”—and those that don’t. Leveraging this knowledge, clients regularly call upon David to draft, negotiate and review a wide range of agreements early in the contracting process. In drafting, as in litigating, he strives for clarity and brevity.

David is a frequent writer on commercial litigation and the attorney-client relationship.  His articles include Talk Ain’t Cheap, Silence Ain’t Golden: Why Communication Drives Successful Attorney-Client Relationships, Thank You Very Much, Now Stop: Putting an End to Excessive LawyeringGetting ROI From Your ESQ, ‘Till Retirement Do You Part; The Case for Ultralight LitigatingLitigation is Solitary, Poor, Nasty and Brutish, But Never Short; Lawyers and their Clients, And Vice Versa; and Email, Your Company’s Permanent Record Card.

David earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.  Prior to joining Ingram Yuzek upon its founding in 1989, he practiced with Shea & Gould.  He has received an AV-Preeminent rating, the highest available, by the publishers of the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory.

David is not on any committees or the president of anything.





Representative Matters
  • Jonathan Cohen, et al. v. G & M Realty, et al., 2013 WL 6172732 (No. 13-CB-5612 (E.D.N.Y. 2013).  (Representing owner of 5Pointz—the former site of the largest collection of exterior graffiti and aerosol art in the United States—in action brought by artists claiming works on owner’s building were protected from demolition under the Visual Artist Rights Act.)
  • The Topps Co., Inc. v. Cadbury Stani, S.A.I.C., 526 F.3d 63, 68–72 (2d Cir. 2008).  (Theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, fraudulent inducement and breach of licensing agreement for the manufacturer of Topps’ iconic Bazookabubble gum.)
  • Topps Co., Inc. v. Cadbury Stani S.A.I.C.,380 F.Supp.2d 250, 2005 WL 1805992, S.D.N.Y., August 02, 2005 (No. 99 Civ. 9437 (CSH).)
  • Topps Co., Inc. v. Cadbury Stani S.A.I.C.,2002 WL 31014833, S.D.N.Y., September 10, 2002 (No. 99 Civ. 9437(CSH) (GWG).) 
  • Topps Co., Inc. v. Gerrit J. Verburg Co., 961 F.Supp. 88, 1997 WL 208392, 42 U.S.P.Q.2d 1943, S.D.N.Y., April 28, 1997 (No. 96 Civ. 7302(RWS). (Unfair competition and trademark infringement of Topps’ Ring Pop candy—rendered by Judge Sweet.)
  • Brooks ex rel. Estate of Bell v. The Topps Co., Inc., Slip Copy, 2007 WL 4547585, S.D.N.Y., December 21, 2007 (No. 06 CIV. 2359 (DLC).)  (Violation of right of publicity of Negro League legend James “Cool Papa” Bell.)
  • Metromedia Co. v. Fugazy, 753 F.Supp. 93, 1990 WL 208812, Fed. Sec. L. Rep. P 95,654, RICO Bus.Disp.Guide 7639, S.D.N.Y., December 05, 1990(Nos. 87 Civ. 2597 (RLC), 89 Civ. 1185 (RLC).)  (Fraud, RICO, fraudulent inducement, negligent misrepresentation and breach of warranty claims against former limousine magnate, Bill Fugazy)
  • Kluge v. Fugazy, 1990 WL 251221, S.D.N.Y., December 28, 1990 (No. 89 Civ.5927 (RPP).)
  • Kluge v. Fugazy, 739 F.Supp. 939, 1990 WL 91795, S.D.N.Y., June 27, 1990 (No. 89 Civ. 5927 (RPP).)
  • Novo Nordisk A/S v. Pfizer Inc., No. 06 Civ. 5819 (LBS), 2006 WL 3714312 (S.D.N.Y. December 14, 2006).  (Patent Infringement.)
  • In re Enron Corp., 2006 WL 898033, Bkrtcy. S.D.N.Y., March 24, 2006 (No. 01 B 16034(AJG).)  (Adversary proceeding.)
  • Carroll v. U.S., 339 F.3d 61, 2003 WL 21791235, 92 A.F.T.R.2d 2003-5650, 2003-2 USTC P 50,608, C.A.2 (N.Y.). (Federal tax dispute.)
  • Carroll v. C.I.R.,T.C. Memo. 2000-184, 2000 WL 805222, 79 T.C.M. (CCH) 2139, T.C.M. (RIA) 2000-184, 2000 RIA TC Memo 2000-184, U.S.Tax Ct., June 23, 2000 (No. 19403-89.)
  • Briarpatch Ltd., L.P. v. Geisler Roberdeau, Inc., 194 F.Supp.2d 246, 2002 WL 461584, S.D.N.Y., March 26, 2002 (Nos. 99 CIV 9623 RWS, 01 CIV 4767 RWS, 01 CIV 8564 RWS.) (Copyright infringement action against former New York Film Commissioner and Line Producer for several Woody Allen films.)
  • Schulman v. Levy, Sonet & Siegel, 302 A.D.2d 321, 754 N.Y.S.2d 876, 2003 WL 549422, 2003 N.Y. Slip Op. 11466, N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., February 27, 2003 . (Law partnership dispute.)
  • Schulman v. Levy Sonet & Siegel, 276 A.D.2d 384, 714 N.Y.S.2d 676, 2000 WL 1543554, 2000 N.Y. Slip Op. 08842, N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., October 19, 2000
  • Marine Midland Bank v. Phoenix Investments Intern. Inc., 254 A.D.2d 48, 678 N.Y.S.2d 601, 1998 WL 697253, 1998 N.Y., N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., October 06, 1998 (Bank fraud.)
  • Page v. Muze, Inc., 270 A.D.2d 401, 705 N.Y.S.2d 383, 2000 WL 294969, 2000 N.Y. Slip Op. 02646, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., March 20, 2000 (Breach of oral employment agreement and fraud.)
  • Page v. Muze, Inc., 253 A.D.2d 744, 677 N.Y.S.2d 486, 1998 WL 621428, 1998 N.Y. Slip Op. 07696, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., September 14, 1998
  • 1056 Sherman Ave. Associates v. Guyco Const. Corp., 261 A.D.2d 519, 690 N.Y.S.2d 657, 1999 WL 333372, 1999 N.Y. Slip Op. 04732, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., May 17, 1999 (Real estate partnership dispute.)
  • Herman Miller, Inc. v. Thom Rock Realty Co., L.P., 1995 WL 366371, S.D.N.Y., June 19, 1995 (No. 92 Civ. 2125 (RWS).  (Breach of lease restrictive covenant.)
  • Herman Miller, Inc. v. Thom Rock Realty Co., L.P., 46 F.3d 183, 1995 WL 32011, , C.A.2 (N.Y.), January 24, 1995 (Nos. 778, 890, Dockets 94-7586, 94-7618.)
  • Herman Miller, Inc. v. Thom Rock Realty Co., L.P., 849 F.Supp. 911, 1994 WL 151665, S.D.N.Y., April 22, 1994 (No. 92 Civ. 2125 (RWS).)
  • Herman Miller, Inc. v. Thom Rock Realty Co., L.P., 819 F.Supp. 307, 1993 WL 113680, S.D.N.Y., April 09, 1993(No. 92 Civ. 2125 (RWS).)
  • Smith and Thompson Architects v. Town of East Hampton, 201 A.D.2d 478, 607 N.Y.S.2d 140, 1994 WL 34966, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., February 07, 1994 (Airport design contest.)

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
New York State Bar


J.D., New York University 1986
B.A., University of Pennsylvania 1982, magna cum laude

Talk Ain’t Cheap, Silence Ain’t Golden: Why Communication Drives Successful Attorney-Client Relationships
May 9, 2014
Thank You Very Much, Now Stop: Putting an End to Excessive Lawyering

March 26, 2014

Getting ROI From Your ESQ
March 6, 2014

Til Retirement Do You Part
New York Law Journal
February 2013

The Case for Ultralight Litigating
January 2013

Commercial Litigation Is Solitary, Poor, Nasty And Brutish, But Never Short
August 2012

Lawyers and their Clients, and Vice Versa
Ingram Yuzek Wire
July 13, 2011

Email: Your Company's Permanent Record Card
Ingram Yuzek Wire
March 10, 2011

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IMN Real Estate General Counsels' Forum
IMN Panel- Workout Litigation- What a General Counsel Needs to Know
Employment Litigation: How to Avoid It. How to Settle It. How to Win It.
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