David R. Stickney

San Diego

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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 has represented institutions and individuals in high-profile and historic cases, litigating virtually every type of securities matter, including claims under the Securities and Exchange Acts of 1933 and 1934, fraud and non-disclosure cases under state blue-sky laws and myriad additional actions addressing securities-related misconduct.  

Mr. Stickney has prosecuted and, together with his partners, successfully resolved a number of the firm's significant cases, obtaining billions of dollars in recoveries for investors.  Among such cases are In re McKesson Sec. Litig., recovering $1.023 billion, the largest settlement in history for any securities class action within the Ninth Circuit; In re Lehman Brothers Debt/Equity Sec. Litig., which settled for $615 million; In re Bear Stearns Mortgage Pass-Through Certificate Litigation, recovering $500 million; Plaintiff vs. Wall Street Banks, recovering $382 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; In re Genworth Fin. Inc., Sec. Litig., settlement pending for $219 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 Lumber Liquidators Sec. Litig.; In re CTI Biopharmaceuticals Sec. Litig.; In re Rayonier Sec. Litig.; In re SunPower Corp.; Atlas v. Accredited Home Lenders Holding CompanyIn 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.

Mr. Stickney has prosecuted claims arising from a wide variety of industries, including finance and banking, accounting services, retail, automotive, software and technology, telecommunications, education, healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy oil and gas, transportation and shipping, real estate, forestry, insurance and others. He is currently responsible for a number of the firm’s prominent cases, including litigation involving Qualcomm, RH Inc., Intel, CobaltApollo Education Group and others. 

He has been widely recognized for his professional achievements as one of the top litigators in the country by the legal media and industry observers. In March 2016, The Recorder selected Mr. Stickney as a “Litigation Groundbreaker” for his work recovering billions of dollars from sellers of toxic mortgage securities. The Daily Journal named Mr. Stickney one of the top 30 plaintiff lawyers in California for 2016. In November 2014, Law360 profiled him as one of the “Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar,” as well twice naming him a “Class Action MVP,” one of only a handful of litigators selected nationally. Since 2014, Lawdragon magazine has selected him to its exclusive list of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America," and since 2008 has been named a Rising Star; and a "Litigation Star"by Benchmark (The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys). Thomson recognizes Mr. Stickney as a San Diego Super Lawyer; and featured in the Corporate Counsel edition of Super Lawyers.

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.


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1996, J.D., Jacob B. Cox Scholar; Lead Articles Editor of University of Cincinnati Law Review
  • University of California, Davis, 1993, B.A.

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eigth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit