David M. Zornow

Visiting Lecturer in Law, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Fellow, and Fellow of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law

J.D., Yale Law School, 1980

A.B., Harvard University, 1976

Courses Taught
  • Internal Investigations
  • White-Collar Criminal Defense
David Zornow

David M. Zornow is a Visiting Lecturer in Law and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Fellow at Yale Law School and a Fellow of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. He is Of Counsel to the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Zornow was the global head of Skadden's Litigation/Controversy practices from 2009–2020. He founded the firm's white-collar defense practice in 1989 and represents both corporations and individuals in federal and state grand jury investigations and at criminal trials. He also represents clients in regulatory investigations, including investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and state attorneys general, and conducts corporate internal investigations.

Previously, Zornow served as an assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he supervised the investigation of corruption at the New York City Parking Violations Bureau and was a member of the trial team that obtained the RICO conviction of Stanley Friedman, the Bronx Democratic leader. He then served as an associate independent counsel for the Iran/Contra affair and was a member of the prosecution trial team in the case of United States v. Oliver L. North.

He received a B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale.