Mr. Kaufman has extensive trial experience and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Virginia Supreme Court and the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals.
Since he started his own practice, Mr. Kaufman has won favorable verdicts in the overwhelming majority of his cases, primarily because of his ability to draw information from hostile witnesses and his aggressive approach to protect his clients. Some of these cases involved competition agreements, defamation, intentional and negligent interference with contracts and business relations, as well as other complex issues such as OSHA, zoning issues, and compliance with local regulations regarding after-school karate care.
Mr. Kaufman is equally fluent in Spanish and English, which has enabled him to effectively represent many clients without the use of translators.
He has litigated cases in:
He has also appeared before the United States’ Courts of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit and the 7th and 11th Circuits.
Counsel and Advice/Litigation
David Kaufman combines doctorates in law and economics with 40 years experience in the martial arts. Mr. Kaufman, in addition to being an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, is a 6th Degree Black Belt in Mu Duk Kwon Tang Soo Do, holds 5th Degree Black Belts in Kendo and Iaido, and is a Kodokan-trained Judoka. He operated his own Dojo for 10 years before going to law school and has organized and represented associations and citizens’ groups.
In recent years Mr. Kaufman has organized and represented associations and citizens’ groups. In the course of this work he has successfully handled all manner of business cases which the martial arts businessman might encounter. Some of these cases involve broken contracts to host tournaments. Others involve insurance and negligence/liability issues when students are injured by a bad fall or by another student. Still other cases dealt with competition agreements, defamation, intentional and negligent interference with contracts and business relations, as well as other complex business and commercial issues such as OSHA, zoning issues, and compliance with local regulations regarding after-school karate care.
Mr. Kaufman has also given numerous presentations to various groups of martial artists on the law of self-defense, contract law, liability issues and other issues of interest to martial arts organizations, promoters and the owners and operators of martial arts schools and trade associations.
Mr. Kaufman teaches classes in complex litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University. He also teaches Iaido and Kendo at Roberts’ School of Karate in Springfield, Virginia.