David Shieh

Senior Associate


  • B.A., Yale University, 2008
  • with distinction
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2014
  • magna cum laude


  • Hon. Gerard E. Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Hon. Analisa Torres, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognition

  • Articles Editor, New York University Law Review
  • Order of the Coif, NYU School of Law
  • Law and Economics Prize, NYU School of Law
  • Lawrence Lederman Fellow in Law and Economics, NYU School of Law
  • Research Fellow for the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, NYU School of Law

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • New York

David Shieh is a Senior Associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink. He joined the firm from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he maintained a broad practice spanning complex civil matters, deal litigation, and white-collar defense. Before joining the firm, David also clerked for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York.

At Wachtell, David represented major technology companies, financial institutions, and media companies in a range of civil and criminal matters, including in litigation stemming from the financial crisis and in proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice. Most recently, David served as the lead associate on a federal securities class action brought against a major Mexican media company; co-authored an amicus brief filed with the New York Court of Appeals concerning residential mortgage-backed securities; and represented a major media company in litigation against its controlling shareholder in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

David received his law degree magna cum laude in 2014 from the New York University School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as an Articles Editor for the New York University Law Review. At NYU, David served as a research assistant to Professors Kenji Yoshino, Jennifer H. Arlen, and Clayton P. Gillette on matters of constitutional law, corporate liability, and municipal law. David’s student note, Unintended Side Effects: Arbitration and the Deterrence of Medical Error, 89 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1806 (2014), received NYU’s Law and Economics Prize.

Before starting his legal career, David worked as a journalist. His reporting has appeared in the South China Morning Post, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Published on: April 8, 2020

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Published on: April 8, 2020

Kaplan Hecker & Fink Files Amicus Brief in Pennsylvania v. Trump

On behalf of a group of prominent church-state scholars, we filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court in Pennsylvania v. Trump. In the brief, we explain that the Trump administration’s rule granting... Read More