David Burstyner heads is a Principal Lawyer in Sladen Legal’s dispute resolution team. He has been a litigatoracting acted in claimscourt proceedings for over 15 years and during which time has has worked on class actions for over a decadenumber of significant Australian and multinational disputes, and appeared as advocate in most of the Courts and Tribunals in Victoria..
During that time 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, class actions, franchise 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 commercial litigation.
Before joining Sladen Legal David was based in The Hague, the Netherlands, working at heading a major claimsclaims department of at Europe’s oldest litigation funder as Head of Collective Redress (as class actions are called in Europe),, with and having responsibility for claims with an aggregate value exceeding EUR500m as well as a talented multi-disciplinary team. Before 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 litigation isdefending and bringing claims are frequently an unwanted distractiondistractions for his clients, taking 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 individually identifying the outcome suitable for his client and then devising a strategy which targets the 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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