David Slade’s path to the law was a nontraditional one. After graduating from college at Yale, he moved to New York City, working at various jobs in the music industry, forming a band, and spending roughly a decade touring the country and recording albums. By the end of his time doing this, he had (among other things) played Bonnaroo and even got a shout-out in The Economist.
But we promise you: he has a story for every artist out there and he thinks they’re way more exciting than they really are. From the Velvet Underground to The Roots, they’ll always leave you bored, with the exception of one very particular pop star’s (allegedly) real age. We can’t talk about that here.
Throughout this period, his interest in the law was nurtured by a side job as a trial assistant in the hormone therapy litigation, In re: Prempro Products Liability Litigation, Case No. MDL 1507. Following his work with the Prempro MDL, David attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. While there, he co-founded the Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service (along with Brandon Haubert), an online, interdisciplinary publication for which he served as Editor-in-Chief. He oversaw the Journal’s inaugural symposium, as well as a variety of community engagement efforts. In its first year, the Journal published submissions from authors throughout the world.
At wh Law , David’s principal focus is on consumer protection, with an emphasis on data privacy, data security, antitrust, and antitrust-adjacent areas in the tech space. Extending his advocacy beyond litigation, he also organized a cyber safety training summit for Arkansas law enforcement and victim assistance professionals, in conjunction with the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) and also has established multiple coordinated practice groups focus on diluting the preemptive effect of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
David has presented at CLEs and other professional gatherings related to, inter alia, data breach litigation, the professional obligations of local counsel, and changes in the law surrounding Section 230.
In addition to his work in the class action context, David is a member of the Volunteers Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services (VOCALS), an organization committed to pro bono advocacy, and serves on the board of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS).
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (J.D., 2013, High Honors; Recipient, Bowen Fellowship; Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service); Yale University (B.A., 2001)
Licensed in Arkansas (2013); U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of AR (09/04/2013)
American Bar Association; Arkansas Bar Association
“‘Ag-Gag’ Laws: Industry Trumps the First Amendment.” Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service, Oct. 25, 2012
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