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David A. Schrader

T: (212) 239-2000 ext. 276
F: (212) 239-7277

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David A. Schrader is a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Securities, and Litigation Practice Groups, resident in the Manhattan office.

Mr. Schrader focuses his litigation practice on complex commercial and securities litigation, including failed business transactions, contract disputes, partnership and intra-corporate disputes, investment fraud and real estate matters. Mr. Schrader has extensive experience in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, and has handled numerous arbitrations before FINRA and the American Arbitration Association.

With regard to broker-dealer matters, Mr. Schrader handles the defense of customer arbitrations and industry disputes before FINRA; represents firms and brokers in both FINRA and SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings; counsels firms on regulatory compliance; and assists newly formed firms in broker-dealer licensing applications.

On the corporate front, Mr. Schrader has handled the sale of many small businesses, negotiated and drafted numerous contracts, structured and transacted a 1031 Tax Free Exchange of a long-term commercial lease for the purchase of real property, prepared numerous private placement memoranda for start-up companies, assisted with business structuring; and represented purchasers and sellers in connection with the sale or purchase of their businesses. Mr. Schrader also provides risk management and business management counseling and advisory services.

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Schrader has provided representation to corporate clients in a variety of transactional and litigation matters that have exceeded hundreds of millions of dollars.

In addition to his legal profession, Mr. Schrader currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Scythian Biosciences, Inc. a pharmaceutical R&D company currently undertaking pre-clinical testing of a novel treatment for traumatic brain injuries. Mr. Schrader has previously acted as V.P. and general counsel for Laconia Capital Corporation, a broker-dealer, and K-Tex, LLC, a Chinese trading company with offices in Shanghai.


University Of Alabama, School of Law, LL.M. in Business Transactions, magna cum laude, 2015
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Cardozo Law Review, Moot Court Board, Jacob Burns Scholar 1988
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, MBA, Academic Excellence Scholarship; Case Competitions Awards, 2009
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, M.Sc. Strategic Management 2014
Thunderbird School of Global Management, M.Sc. Global Management, with distinction, 2009
The Johns Hopkins University, B.A. Biology 1986


Certificate in Global Supply Chain Management, Kelly School of Business 2012
Chief Sustainability Officer Training, Strategic Sustainability Consulting 2009
MBA Certificate in Management, Tulane University, Freeman School of Business 2007
Mediator Training Certification, Cardozo School of Law – Mediator Training 2006
Securities Licenses: Series 7 (General Securities); Series 24 (Securities Principal)-licenses lapsed


Mr. Schrader is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States District Courts of New Jersey for the Second and Third Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court.


Mr. Schrader is a member of Britannia Lodge, F.A.A.M.

Published Articles

“The Partnership Relation and the Rights and Obligations of Partners Inter Se”, Doing Business in the United States, Matthew Bender, et al.

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, “Restrictions on Interstate Enforceability of Confessions of Judgement-Conflict with the Full Faith and Credit Clause” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

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