David White

Professor David White

Director, Conflict Management Program

  • Degrees:

  • J.D., M.A., B.A., Fordham University
  • Contact:

  • [email protected]
  • Tel: 973-642-8084
  • Courses:

  • CLINICAL COURSES S.D.N.Y. Representation in Mediation Practicum; D.NJ Settlement Conference Practicum; FINRA Investor Advocacy Project, EXPERIENTIAL COURSES, Crisis Negotiation Seminar

Professor White is a nationally recognized innovator in the access-to-justice movement.

A former federal court complex commercial litigator and white-collar criminal defense attorney, Seton Hall recruited him from the private practice of law in 2010 to establish the Conflict Management Program.

Prior to commencing his legal career, Professor White served as a Human Resources and Labor Relations executive with United Parcel Service, Inc. In those roles he oversaw operations and executive staffing for the company’s Metro New Jersey operations and was a management representative to the historic 1997 National Master Agreement negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Throughout his tenure, Professor White has established strategic partnerships which provide no-cost legal assistance to vulnerable populations. These include the United States District for the Southern District of New York Representation in Mediation Practicum, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey Settlement Conference Practicum, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") Investor Advocacy Program.

Federal courts in New York and New Jersey frequently call upon Professor White to mediate disputes which arise from allegations of employment discrimination and breach of commercial contract. He was the first attorney to serve as appointed independent counsel in a Gomez hearing, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit procedure which ensures fairness and voluntary compliance with settlement agreements. He is also an appointed neutral in matters before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

At the invitation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Professor White testified before its Investor Advisory Committee on the imperative to expand law school clinical services to retail investors of modest means.

As a practitioner-scholar, Professor White champions the application of law enforcement crisis negotiation techniques to efficient outcomes in the boardroom and the courtroom. He is among a discrete number of civilians to have trained with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Crisis Negotiation Unit, the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) Hostage Negotiation Team, and the NYPD Crisis Intervention Team. He accepted appointment to “Re-engineering 2014,” former NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton’s initiative to critically exam the day-to-day operation and long-range goals of the world’s largest municipal policing agency. Professor White is an active member of the NYPD SHIELD counter-terrorism group, the First Precinct Financial Area Security Council, and the FBI’s InfraGard Metro New York cyber-security alliance.

In 2013 he collaborated with FBI personnel at Quantico, VA to design and subsequently instruct the first hostage/barricade course at an American Bar Association-accredited law school. The offering remains unique in American legal education.

Professor White taught International & Domestic Dispute Resolution at Queen’s University (Belfast, Northern Ireland) and University College Dublin (Republic of Ireland) as a member of the Fordham University School of Law Summer Program faculty. He has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center (Negotiation Seminar) and remains a member of the adjunct faculties of the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Intensive Mediation Advocacy Program; Dispute Resolution Processes; Interviewing & Counseling Seminar), the Fordham School of Law (Advanced Client Counseling Seminar), and the City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Police Ethics; Constitutional Law).

Beyond the law, Professor White is an avid endurance athlete and has earned USA Track & Field Masters All-American honors in the 5k, 5-Mile, 10K, and Half Marathon events. He is the author of Negative Splits: A Middle-Aged, Newbie Runner’s Journey to the First Marathon (Magis Media 2017).



The Cold Comfort of Settlement: Why Owen Fiss Was Wrong for the Right Reasons, (2012) (Unpublished)

Negotiating Enduring Corporate Change: How the Task Force on Equality and Fairness in Roberts v. Texaco Helped to Facilitate Corporate Change, 21 ADR & The Law 21st Edition (2005) (Co-Author Cathy Cronin-Harris)