David Israel

David Israel

As one of the Firm’s named members and its senior partner, David Israel helps manage the Firm’s 10 offices.

Using his nearly 40 years of experience, Dave provides guidance to all practice areas with a special focus on consumer defense, employment, business & transactions, commercial litigation, compliance & regulatory and licensing. In cases that have had industry setting precedent, he has earned a national reputation for defending some of the largest collection agencies, debt buyers and their clients in courts throughout the United States. Dave has represented debt collectors and debt buyers before the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and many state Attorneys General, along with protecting client interests before all debt collector and debt buyer licensing jurisdictions.

Dave has extensive experience handling employment-related class actions, including wage and hour collective actions throughout the nation, along with matters before every federal and most state agencies that enforce employment laws.

Following his graduation from Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations with a bachelor of sciences degree in labor law, Dave attended Rutgers University Law School and Seton Hall University Law School, receiving his law degree in 1981. Before attending law school, Dave worked as a management labor relations representative for a Fortune 100 company.

Since 1981, his practice has always included employment law, representing management interests. Having served for many years on the Commerce Clearing House’s National Human Resources Board, he also worked as an executive committee member of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Labor Law Committee. He has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. While now part of OutSolve, Dave was a founding member of Pinnacle Affirmative Action Services, one of the nation’s largest preparer of affirmative action plans.

Dave was a contributing editor to the journal SHRM Magazine and the Legal Trends editor of the monthly newspaper, HRNews, both published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has been a speaker for SHRM’s national conferences and regional seminars.

Presenting at many national and regional conferences Dave has been an active member of various trade organizations that represent debt collectors, including the American Collectors Association and the Membership Attorney Program for appointed counsel for debt collectors. He has spoken at the National Association of Attorneys General, along with other state and federal regulators.

Dave has been a part-time associate professor at Loyola University’s Graduate Business School in New Orleans, teaching a joint course in the business and law schools.

Dave has received recognition in various “best attorney” listings in Louisiana and New Orleans and named a recipient of the national BTI All-Stars Counsel Award, as chosen by corporate counsel for providing outstanding legal services. For many years, he has been an AV Preeminent rated Martindale lawyer being recognized as an attorney that is “ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by . . . [his] peers.”

Publications and Lectures

  • Regarding debt collectors, debt buyers and the financial services industry, presentations before: the American Collectors Association, the National Creditors Bar Association, the Receivables Management Association International and regional/state ACA groups, the National Association of Attorneys General.
  • Regarding employment, presentations before: the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at numerous national conferences and Louisiana state chapter conferences and meetings.

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • ACA, including Membership Attorney Program
  • CRC Legal Advisory Board

Honors and Distinctions

  • Various “best attorney” listings in Louisiana and New Orleans
  • Recipient of the national BTI All-Stars Counsel Award
  • AV Preeminent rated Martindale lawyer

Contact Information

Metairie Office
Lakeway Two, Suite 200
3850 North Causeway Boulevard
Metairie, Louisiana 70002-7227

Direct: (504) 846-7900
Cell: (504) 669-0234
Office: (504) 828-3700
Fax: (504) 828-3737

Email: disrael@sessions.legal


Education

  • Cornell University, NY State School of Industrial & Labor Relations
  • Seton Hall University Law School
  • Rutgers University Law School - Camden

Admissions

  • State of Louisiana – Bar No.: 07174October 14, 1981 ACTIVE
  • Louisiana Supreme Court- Bar No.: 07174 October 14, 1981 ACTIVE
  • Supreme Court of the United States October 1, 2012 ACTIVE
  • Illinois Supreme Court – Bar No.: 6323426January 24, 2013 ACTIVE
  • Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit Bar No.: 59998 October 17, 2016 ACTIVE
  • Court of Appeals Second Circuit December 17, 2009 ACTIVE
  • Court of Appeals Third Circuit January 10, 2005 ACTIVE
  • Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit March 7, 2013 ACTIVE
  • Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit October 14, 1981 ACTIVE
  • Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit February 22, 2011 ACTIVE
  • Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit August 6, 2010 ACTIVE
  • Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit February 24, 2012 ACTIVE
  • Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit August 11, 2006 ACTIVE
  • District Court E.D. Arkansas September 21, 2006 ACTIVE
  • District Court W.D. Arkansas September 21, 2006 ACTIVE
  • District Court Colorado April 18, 2003 ACTIVE
  • District Court N.D. Illinois November 28, 2001 ACTIVE
  • District Court S.D. Illinois January 24, 2013 ACTIVE
  • District Court E.D. Louisiana October 29, 1981 ACTIVE
  • District Court W.D. Louisiana January 9, 1984 ACTIVE
  • District Court M.D. Louisiana November 11, 1985 ACTIVE
  • District Court E.D. Michigan May 1, 2013 ACTIVE
  • District Court W.D. MichiganNovember 9, 2005 ACTIVE
  • District Court W.D. New YorkApril 11, 2007ACTIVE
  • District Court W.D. Tennessee March 26, 2009 ACTIVE
  • District Court S.D. Texas April 30, 2014 ACTIVE
  • District Court N.D. Texas November 22, 1993 ACTIVE
  • District Court E.D. WisconsinApril 22, 2002 ACTIVE
  • District Court W.D. WisconsinJune 16, 2006 ACTIVE

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