David Tannenbaum


As a child, David Tannenbaum dreamt of two career paths: an attorney and a software startup maven. He has pursued both.

On his year off of college, he organized low-income residents in Brooklyn. Back at Princeton, he successfully organized dining, janitorial, and library staffers for a higher wage. At Yale Law School, Mr. Tannenbaum worked with the Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association to get higher wages for their workers.

During Mr. Tannenbaum’s 9th Circuit clerkship with Judge Stephen Reinhardt, he penned draft opinions on workplace discrimination, ERISA, ADA, FDCPA, and the environment. At the U.S. District Court, C.D. of Cal., he drafted for Judge A. Howard Matz rulings on wrongful dismissal, discrimination in the workplace, immigration rights, communications law, patents, and copyrights. Most recently, Mr. Tannenbaum worked for the FCC as Special Counsel on net neutrality, a policy that affects everyday users of the Internet. He also spearheaded the FCC’s privacy policy.

Mr. Tannenbaum worked at several startups, including one that was sold after a year and a half. At his last startup, Trellis, he contributed to an online database of state-level cases with statistical analyses of judge’s rulings.

Mr. Tannenbaum earned his A.B. degree in Philosophy from Princeton University, where he was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Class of 1869 Prize in Ethics. He then earned an M.Phil. in Economics and Social History from the University of Oxford, writing his thesis on the roots of open source software from the 1950s to the 1990s. Mr. Tannenbaum got his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Mr. Tannenbaum is a member of the New York bar.


  • Recycling Electrons, Undermining Justice, 115 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 155 (2006)

Practice Areas:

  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act


  • Princeton University – A.B.
  • University of Oxford – M.Phil.
  • Yale Law School – J.D.


  • New York