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David E. Snyder

Associate
San Francisco
T: 415.774.3117
F: 415.403.6215

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • M.S., Columbia University, 2000, Journalism, with honors, Nona Balakian Award for literary journalism
  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1997, Plan II Honors and English, with highest honors, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Law clerk to Hon. Richard C. Bosson, New Mexico Supreme Court
  • California
  • New Mexico
Overview
Experience
Publications & News
Memberships

David E. Snyder is an associate in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office. Before practicing law, he was a newspaper reporter. He worked as a staff writer at the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News and the Albuquerque Tribune.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Snyder advises newspaper, magazine and Internet clients on legal issues related to privacy, the First Amendment and copyright. He has litigated the right of access to public records under the First Amendment, the California Public Records Act, and the common law right of access. He has experience representing media and individual clients in actions alleging defamation and related claims, and has successfully moved numerous times under California’s anti-SLAPP statute to dismiss complaints alleging defamation and other causes of action.

Mr. Snyder also has substantial experience litigating complex consumer class actions in state and federal court. He has experience defending lenders against putative class actions filed under California's Rees-Levering Act, the Rosenthal Act and the Consumers Legal Remedies Act. He also has experience defending airlines in both state and federal court against putative consumer class actions predicated on state-law claims, and defending insurers in “force-placed” lending putative consumer class actions.

Mr. Snyder also has significant appellate experience, and has briefed and argued cases before the California Court of Appeal involving California’s anti-SLAPP statute and access to public records under the California Public Records Act.

Prior Experience

  • Staff Writer, The Washington Post, 2000-2005
  • Staff Writer, The Dallas Morning News, 1998-1999
  • Staff Writer, The Albuquerque Tribune, 1997

Representative Experience

First Amendment/Freedom of Information

Representation includes:

Sander v. State Bar of California, 196 Cal.App.4th 614 (2011). Successfully litigated the public's right of access to records regarding applicants to the State Bar of California.

Accountability Counsel v. OPIC. Successfully appealed denial of Freedom of Information Act fee waiver.

Enea v. Mother Jones et al. Successfully moved under California's anti-SLAPP statue to strike complaint alleging defamation and other causes of action.

Silberman v. San Jose Mercury News et al. Successfully moved under California's anti-SLAPP statute to strike complaint alleging defamation.

Complex Litigation/Class Action Defense

Represented automotive lender in putative class actions challenging post-repossession notices.

Represented airline in putative class action alleging breach of contract and other claims.

Represents airline in putative class action alleging common counts.

Represents insurance company in “force-placed” lending putative class actions.

  • Mr. Snyder is co-chair of the California Chapter of the Media Law Resource Center.
  • Mr. Snyder is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California's Freedom of Information committee.
  • From 2010-2012, Mr. Snyder was the attorney member of the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Law Force, which hears complaints about violations of the city's open-meetings and open-records laws.