Mr. Stickney practices in the firm's California office, where he focuses on complex litigation in state and federal courts nationwide at both the trial court and appellate levels. He regularly represents institutions and individuals in class actions, derivative cases and individual litigation.
Mr. Stickney is currently responsible for a number of the firm’s prominent cases, including litigation involving Genworth Financial, Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns, and others.
Mr. Stickney has prosecuted and, together with his partners, successfully resolved a number of the firm's significant cases. Among such cases are In re McKesson Sec. Litig., which settled before trial for a total of $1.023 billion, the largest settlement amount in history for any securities class action within the Ninth Circuit; In re Lehman Brothers Debt/Equity Sec. Litig., which settled for $615 million; Public Employees Ret. Sys. of Miss. vs. Merrill Lynch & Co., recovering $325 million; Wyatt v. El Paso Corp., which settled for $285 million; Public Employees Ret. Sys. of Miss. vs. JP Morgan, which settled for $280 million; BFA Liquidation Trust v. Arthur Andersen LLP, which settled during trial for $217 million; In re Wells Fargo Mortgage Pass-Through Certificate Litig., which settled for $125 million; Public Employees Ret. Sys. of Miss. vs. Morgan Stanley, which settled for $95 million. In re Sunpower Corp.; Atlas v. Accredited Home Lenders Holding Company; In re Connetics Inc.; In re Stone Energy Corp.; In re WSB Financial Group Sec. Litig.; In re Dura Pharmaceuticals Inc. Sec. Litig.; In re EMAC Sec. Litig., and additional cases.
In November 2014, Law360 profiled Mr. Stickney in “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar: David Stickney,” and he was the subject of “Class Action MVP,” one of only four litigators selected nationally. Mr. Stickney was recognized in 2008-2015 as a Super Lawyer in San Diego Super Lawyers and in the Corporate Counsel edition of Super Lawyers (published by Law and Politics). He was also selected by Lawdragon for "500 Leading Lawyers in America," and was named as a "Litigation Star" and a “Rising Star” in Benchmark - The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, one of only 40 attorneys selected to this list in California.
Mr. Stickney lectures on securities litigation and shareholder matters for seminars and programs sponsored by professional organizations. He has also authored and co-authored several articles concerning securities litigation and class actions.
During 1996-1997, Mr. Stickney served as law clerk to the Honorable Bailey Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.