David Nachman

George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law
(fall term)

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1981
B.A., Brandeis University, 1978

Courses Taught
  • Order from Chaos: Litigation as One Response to Mass Civil Wrongs
David Nachman

David Nachman is a George W. and Sadella D. Crawford Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. From 2011 to March 2021, he served in various enforcement and litigation roles in the Office of the New York Attorney General — initially as Enforcement Section Chief in the Charities Bureau, then as Senior Enforcement Counsel in the Executive Division, and most recently as Counsel for Opioids and Impact Litigation. He was lead trial counsel in the New York Attorney General’s securities fraud case against Hank Greenberg, the former CEO of AIG; led the multistate teams that investigated and brought consumer deception and environmental claims against Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler, and Bosch arising from the diesel “defeat device” practices of the automotive industry; headed the New York Attorney General teams that filed public nuisance and other claims against multiple manufacturers and distributors of opioid products; and co-chaired the Nonconsenting State Group in the Purdue/Sackler bankruptcy. Before joining the New York Attorney General, Nachman litigated a broad variety of civil and criminal cases in private law firm practice in New York and conducted human rights missions in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and at the Mexico-U.S. border. He is a past chair of the International Human Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association and received a B.A. in history and philosophy from Brandeis University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.