David Kouba's practice focuses on defending companies in class actions, mass tort cases and other complex litigation. Mr. Kouba has represented defendants in consumer fraud, products liability and toxic tort cases as well as in workplace safety, real estate, and other matters. When doing so, he has defended class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country and at both the trial and appellate court levels. In addition, he has represented a variety of pro bono clients, including in cases involving employment discrimination, voting rights, and the protection of affordable housing.

Mr. Kouba graduated with high honors and Order of the Coif from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a senior staff member of the North Carolina Law Review and was recognized for his public interest and community service work.

Experience

  • Manufacturer of consumer products in numerous putative class actions alleging consumer fraud and other state law claims.
  • Defendant in nationwide RICO class action in which plaintiffs sought to recover hundreds of billions of dollars in damages and in which class certification was rejected.
  • Class of former and current employees seeking to recover unpaid wages and for other employment-related claims.
  • Defendant in multi-district litigation in which more than twenty class actions bringing consumer fraud and other claims were consolidated.
  • Company defending thousands of individual wrongful death and personal injury claims in products liability actions in state and federal court.

Recognition

The Legal 500 US
Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions: Consumer Products (including tobacco) (2017)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, University of North Carolina School of Law, 2002, with high honors, Order of the Coif
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
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