David A. Ball is managing partner of Cohen and Wolf and a principal in the firm's Litigation, Securities, andTelecommunications & Utilities Groups. Resident in the firm's Bridgeport office, Mr. Ball practices in state and federal court handling complex commercial litigation cases; shareholder and partnership disputes; business tort claims; securities fraud actions; and administrative appeals. He also litigates before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and has extensive experience handling arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Ball frequently serves as local counsel on complex litigation matters.
Mr. Ball has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Connecticut in the area of Commercial Litigation in the 2009-2018 editions of Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he has been praised by clients who state that "The quality of his work is superb, his analysis is thoughtful and he knows when to be diplomatic and when to fight." He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America (2013-2019 editions) for his work in the area of Commercial Litigation. He is named to Connecticut Super Lawyers (2011-2018) for his work in the area of Business Litigation, and is listed as one of the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers (2014-2018). He is also recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" in Connecticut by Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (2011-2019) in the area of General Commercial Litigation.
Mr. Ball appears before state agencies including the Connecticut Siting Council, where he served as lead counsel representing numerous Connecticut municipalities in connection with Connecticut Light & Power's controversial applications to construct high-powered transmission lines throughout the State of Connecticut. Mr. Ball also appears before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority on energy-related matters.
Mr. Ball is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. He is a member of the Greater Bridgeport, Connecticut and American Bar Associations and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He is a founding member of the Business Law Section of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association. Mr. Ball is a continuing contributor to the American Bar Association's Quarterly Analysis of State Securities Developments.
Active in the community, Mr. Ball serves on the regional board and executive committee of the Connecticut chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, and serves as vice-chair of the Connecticut Civil Rights Committee. He is also an associate national director and serves on the national ADL Civil Rights Committee. In 2007, Mr. Ball received ADL's prestigious Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award at the ADL national leadership conference in Washington D.C. In 2013, he and his wife, Bonnie Slyn, were recognized with the ADL's Distinguished Community Leadership Award.
Mr. Ball is also active with the Jewish Center for Community Services of Eastern Fairfield County, previously serving on its Board of Directors and chairing the Community Relations Commission and the Allocations Committee. Mr. Ball has moderated several debates among political candidates prior to local, state and federal elections.
He received his B.A., cum laude, in 1988 from Brandeis University and his J.D. in 1991 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.