DAVID L. ANDERSON is a trial lawyer who represents his clients in their most important and sensitive matters. He has been described in the legal press as “thorough, professional and courteous,” “smart and well-organized,” “good in front of a jury” and “well known and respected.” Twice he has been named in Law360 as “a litigator you fear going up against in court.”
Over the past two decades, Mr. Anderson has successfully represented some of the country’s leading public companies, including AT&T, Chevron, Facebook, Genentech, Juniper Networks, STMicroelectronics, and Wells Fargo. With limited exceptions the names of his individual clients have not been publicly disclosed.
The following matters are representative of his work:
- Representation of Individuals. Mr. Anderson represents individual clients in AG, DOJ, FBI, SEC, and Grand Jury investigations and corresponding cases. His clients may be the targets of the investigations or merely witnesses. In 2012, he was lead trial counsel in United States v. Doug Whitman, an alleged insider-trading case in the Southern District of New York.
- Public Company Investigations. Mr. Anderson represents public companies in government or internal investigations. Six times he has led a public company through an accounting restatement as counsel to the company or one of its board committees, and he has led a much larger number of such representations that did not require any public disclosure or restatement.
- Complex commercial litigation. Mr. Anderson represents clients in a wide variety of civil cases. He represents STMicroelectronics in Tessera v. AMD, a case in which Tessera asserts purported contract and patent rights against a leading electronics semiconductor manufacturer. He represents Billy Hunter in litigation against the National Basketball Players Association following Mr. Hunter’s wrongful termination as the Executive Director of the Players Association.
As a federal prosecutor from 1998 to 2002, and again from 2008 to 2010, Mr. Anderson successfully represented the government in some of its most noteworthy prosecutions in Northern California over that time. In United States v. Gregory L. Reyes, a case the New York Times described as the “the most notable conviction from this era,” Mr. Anderson successfully prosecuted the only Silicon Valley CEO convicted of stock-options backdating. In United States v. Charles W. McCall, Mr. Anderson successfully prosecuted the board chairman of a well known public company for his participation in a revenue-recognition scheme that resulted in more than $8 billion in shareholder losses and a ten-year prison sentence for the defendant. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Anderson served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, with responsibility for all criminal, civil and tax cases brought by or against the federal government in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland.
One year after graduating from Stanford Law School in 1990, Mr. Anderson served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court. He also clerked for Chief Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge George H. Aldrich of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.
Mr. Anderson has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in White Collar law and the International Who’s Who in Business Crime Defense. He has been named by the law firm associate website Above the Law as one of the top partners to work for in California. His work and legal commentary have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, all of the major wire services and the legal press. He is regularly asked to speak publicly on hot topics, most recently at the American Bar Association's National White Collar Conference on March 6, 2014 on the defense of insider-trading charges.