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David Saltzman engages in private and public international law litigation. He has assisted several foreign countries and related entities in successfully overcoming complex and politically sensitive legal challenges. He also handles matters involving civil liberties and the rights of individuals to freely speak and write about genuine historical and political controversies.

David’s experience includes matters involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Alien Tort Statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Securities Act, the First Amendment, joint ventures and long-term contractual relationships. He has represented clients before the federal courts of the District of Columbia, California, New York, and Minnesota.

David’s career began in the Commercial Litigation Group at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP in New York prior to establishing Saltzman & Evinch, PLLC. He. received his Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1991 and conducted his Bachelor’s studies at the College of William & Mary in Virginia and the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France.


  • District of Columbia


  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 1991
  • B.A., College of William & Mary, 1987
  • Program, Paul Valéry University, Montpellier, France, 1986


  • American Friends of Turkey, Member of the Board
  • Assembly of Turkish American Associations
  • GC Global Learning, Member of the Board of Advisors


  • “Ten Years of Litigation by Heirs of Ottoman Armenians for Unpaid Insurance Proceeds: An End in Sight,”Middle East Critique, Fall 2011.


  • Successfully represented foreign central bank and major commercial bank in California actions in alleging damages from wartime population movements.
  • Advising foreign television broadcaster on U.S. operations and compliance issues.
  • Represented U.S. entity in sanctions investigation by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury regarding ownership interests in a foreign airline.
  • Managing complex investigations into potential violations of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act.
  • Advising foreign central bank on U.S. office operations and compliance issues.
  • Advising U.S. representative offices of foreign territorial government on operations and compliance issues.


  • Speaker, “The Armenian Cause Today: Challenges for Reconciliation,” 34th Annual Turkish American Conference, organized by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, in Washington, DC, April 2014.
  • Speaker, “European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) Judgment on Perinçek v. Switzerland and its Implications in North America,” Turkish-Canadian Youth in a Changing World, organized by Carleton University and The Council of Turkish Canadians in Ottawa, March 2014.
  • Keynote Speaker, “US-Turkish Relations: Challenges and Opportunities,” Portrait of Turkey: US-Turkish Relations, organized by the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley in Poughkeepsie, NY, October 17, 2012.
  • Panel Speaker, “Forming a Non-Profit Organization,” at the 27th Annual ATAA Annual Turkish American Conference in Washington, DC, November 2006.
  • Speaker, “Illicit trade of Turkish cultural property” organized by the Smithsonian National Institute in Washington, DC.


  • French, Fluent
  • Turkish, Conversational
  • Hebrew, Conversational