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

  • Pathfinder, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • 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 LLP. David specializes in complex civil litigation, and he represents financial institutions, technology and life science startups, universities, and individuals in a wide range of high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts.

David joined Kaplan Hecker from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where his practice included representing entities in the media, technology, and financial industries in federal securities class actions, shareholder litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery, and civil and criminal proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice. David also maintains an active public interest practice at Kaplan Hecker, and he has taken a lead role in drafting amicus briefs filed in the United States and Washington State Supreme Courts on issues of religious liberty and gay rights, as well as dispositive briefing in the firm’s defense of Amber Heard in a $50 million defamation lawsuit filed by her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

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, served as an Articles Editor for the New York University Law Review, and received the Law and Economics Prize. After graduating from law school, David clerked for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York.

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. David received his B.A. in English Literature with distinction from Yale University.


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Published on: April 8, 2020

Scores Fight White House In Birth Control Case At High Court

Twenty states, 32 cities, 186 federal lawmakers and dozens of interest groups railed against the Trump administration’s stance in a blockbuster Affordable Care Act case Wednesday, urging the U.S.... Read More
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
Published on: June 11, 2019

Amicus Brief Filed by Kaplan Hecker & Fink Cited in Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers

On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the Washington State Supreme Court held in Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers (Wash. No.