David Biderman is the Executive Director and CEO of Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Previously, he served as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs for the National Waste & Recycling Association.
He serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC). In this capacity, he represents the waste management and resource management segments in the environmental technology industry.
Early Life and Education
David Biderman is a pioneering figure in social science research with an impressive list of accolades and awards to his name. His work stands out for its willingness to revisit classic issues with new eyes.
David Biderman is an accomplished writer and researcher, as well as an entrepreneur. In 1992 he and his wife Fran founded Advantages, which has since blossomed into one of the top suppliers in its industry. After retiring from SWANA in 2001, Biderman chose to remain close by home and continue running Advantages alongside other ventures. He frequently contributes articles to national and local publications about his company which now employs over 100 personnel across four locations nationwide. Furthermore, Biderman sits on the board of directors for National Waste and Recycling Association.
David Biderman is a partner in Perkins Coie’s San Francisco office and leads their Consumer Products & Services Litigation practice. He specializes in mass tort litigation as well as consumer class actions.
He has extensive experience representing clients in state and federal courts throughout California, such as packaged food companies, coffee companies, dairy companies, footwear companies and others whose nutritional or health claims have been challenged. Additionally, he has tried numerous consumer class actions and successfully negotiated favorable settlements for his clients.
Biderman is the Executive Director of SWANA, a professional association representing over 10,000 public and private sector waste industry professionals in North America, Canada and the Caribbean. Prior to this role, he spent 18 years with EIA/NSWMA as General Counsel, Vice President for Government Affairs and Safety Director.
Achievements and Honors
David Biderman has had an illustrious career in the solid waste industry. His expertise ranges from technology and service to safety and wellness initiatives that are at the cutting edge. As one of the most respected leaders in his field, David holds memberships in both American Landfill Management Association and numerous national and international committees.
David Biderman is a businessman and the founder of Ashley Madison, an online dating platform. Additionally, he’s an expert in research into infidelity issues.
He has also authored Adultropology: The Cyber-Anthropology Behind Infidelity. Additionally, he has served as professor at UCLA.
He served as Executive Director and CEO of SWANA from 2015 until 2018, having previously served as general counsel to the National Waste & Recycling Association. A passionate safety advocate, he has provided safety training to thousands of workers throughout North America and Europe.
David Biderman is a partner at Perkins Coie with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. His practice areas include mass tort litigation and consumer class actions. Chambers USA has recognized him as a top attorney in Food & Beverage: Regulatory & Litigation and lists him in both Los Angeles and San Francisco Super Lawyers publications. Clients praise his dedication to work ethic and exceptional client service. He has served on the boards of directors for numerous professional organizations and is a frequent writer on professional topics. Beyond his legal skillset, Biderman is known for his philanthropy; he was one of the founding members of Children’s Healthcare Foundation of Southern California. Additionally, he and his wife Judith are proud parents to two daughters.