David P. Hollander

Legal Assistant
Becky LeDonne

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On the Job

Attorney David Hollander’s Practice

Attorney David P. Hollander a skilled trial and appellate partner in Stafford’s Madison office. He has represented clients in a wide variety of complex disputes across a dozen states, including several trials in state and federal courts.

David’s commercial practice focuses on business, real estate, intellectual property, and insurance coverage disputes. Part of the firm’s Election and Political Law team, David represents parties in litigation aimed at protecting democratic principles in Wisconsin. He also regularly serves as local counsel for substantial litigation matters pending in the Western District of Wisconsin, Dane County, or elsewhere in the State of Wisconsin.

David is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he teaches Trial Advocacy. He has been recognized by two leading attorney peer-review publications, having been named a “Wisconsin Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine and a “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers. He also frequently publishes content on legal issues that he finds interesting or important. In addition to Stafford Rosenbaum’s legal blog, David’s writing has been featured on the cover of Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, in Law360.com, and in the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Books Unbound publication.

David’s notable successes include:

  • Cross-examined majority shareholder in successful federal shareholder oppression trial, leading to a large money judgment against the majority shareholder, appointment of a receiver, and dissolution of the corporation.
  • Served as second chair attorney in a successful four-day product liability bench trial on behalf of a U.S. military housing contractor who purchased 1,500+ of the defective product.
  • Successfully dismissed counterclaims in a trademark infringement suit, where the defendant alleged the infringed-upon trademarks were invalid and secured through fraud on the USPTO.
  • Conducted over 15 employee-witness interviews on behalf of a higher education institution, as part of a successful response to a False Claims Act case and an inquiry by the institution’s accrediting body.
  • Contributed to litigation team that enjoined certain Wisconsin election regulations as unconstitutional in light of coronavirus, which resulted in approximately 80,000 ballots counting when they otherwise would have been disqualified.
  • Argued successfully against Wisconsin Elections Commission’s challenge to Wisconsin Assembly candidate’s nomination paperwork; convinced six Commissioners to unanimously reject the opinion of their staff attorneys, who recommended excluding the candidate from the ballot.

David’s Court Admissions

  • State of Wisconsin
  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

David’s Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2017)
  • University of Missouri – Columbia (B.A., 2013)

David’s Presentations and Publications

David’s Awards and Achievements

  • 2023 Top Contributor, Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine, 2023
  • Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch® (2023-2024) for Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Insurance Law
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Star® (2020-2023) for Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Insurance Coverage, and Higher Education
  • Pro Bono Society Inductee: State Bar of Wisconsin (2019-2020, 2022) and University of Wisconsin Law School (2017)
  • University of Wisconsin Law School Habush, Habush & Rottier Outstanding Trial Advocacy Award, 2017
  • Bruce F. Beilfuss Memorial Award for Service to the University of Wisconsin Law School, 2017
  • University of Wisconsin Law School Dean’s List, Spring 2015
  • American Bar Association’s Janet D. Steiger Fellowship, 2015

David’s Memberships and Community Involvement

  • Tenant Resource Center, Board of Directors
  • James E. Doyle American Inns of Court, Programming Committee
  • American Constitution Society – Madison Chapter, Vice President of Communications
  • Diversity Scholarship Foundation, Mentor to First Year Law Students (2021)
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Election Protection Hotline, Site Captain (2020)
  • Mizzou Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter Vice President (2018-2019)

Off the Job

David is an avid traveler—his favorite spots include Machu Picchu (Peru), Toulouse (France), Leiden (Netherlands) and Seoul (Korea). In his free time, David hikes Wisconsin’s state parks and watches college sports (primarily the Badgers and Missouri Tigers). David was born in the Chicagoland area, but his family history in Madison dates back to the 1920s and he is thrilled to call himself a Madisonian.

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