David Burstyner is a Principal Lawyer in Sladen Legal’s dispute resolution team. He has been conducting court proceedings for over 15 years. During that time he has appeared as advocate in most of the Courts and Tribunals in Victoria, worked on a number of significant Australian and multinational disputes, and several major class actions.
David has acted for SMEs, entrepreneurs, individuals, and some of the world’s largest companies. His cases have included high profile and pioneering actions, shareholder/investor claims, franchise disputes, construction / Domestic Building Contracts Act disputes, anti-trust/competition damages, tort claims (negligence and unlawful imprisonment) claims, insolvency, misleading and deceptive conduct, retail leases, property, and general contract and commercial litigation
Before joining Sladen Legal David was based in The Hague, the Netherlands, managing a major claims department at Europe’s oldest litigation funder. In that position, as Head of Collective Redress (as class actions are called in Europe), David had responsibility for claims with an aggregate value exceeding EUR500m and a talented multi-disciplinary team. Prior to that appointment that David was a senior lawyer in one of Australia’s largest class action and major projects litigation teams.
David is commercial in outlook and believes that defending and bringing claims are frequently an unwanted distraction for his clients, taking them away from their core business activity. He aims to alleviate that burden by taking the time to understand the significance of a dispute in the context of the client’s bigger picture and tailoring a strategy to address the client’s needs, whether it be aiming towards a commercial and practical solution giving priority to the client’s other business activities, engaging in an unrelenting fight to establish a precedent valuable to the client, or something in between. Ultimately, he works on identifying the specific outcome suitable for his client and then devising a strategy which targets that outcome while accounting for his client’s preferences along the journey.
Alongside his expertise in conducting cases, David has exceptional experience and connections with litigation funders and is well versed in how to obtain funding for a client’s dispute, if appropriate.
David's areas of practice include:
- Dispute Resolution and Litigation
- Litigation Funding
- Class Actions and other major claims
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