DAVID L. ANDERSON is a former federal prosecutor who represents his clients in their most important civil and criminal 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.”
Dave has successfully represented some of the country’s leading public companies, including AT&T, Chevron, Facebook and Wells Fargo. Just as importantly to him, he has successfully represented individual clients who have entrusted him with their reputations, livelihoods and freedom.
Dave has particular experience with accounting, antitrust, campaign finance, contract, employment, healthcare, insider trading, patent, securities and trade secrets matters. In 2014 he successfully concluded a multi-year defense of Europe’s largest semiconductor company in a civil patent case. In 2013 he successfully defended the CEO of a prominent political organization in a criminal and civil investigation that the government described as the “largest case of campaign money laundering in California history.” He currently represents G. William “Billy” Hunter in civil litigation against the National Basketball Players Association.
As a prosecutor from 1998 to 2002, and again from 2008 to 2010, Dave represented the government in some of its most noteworthy prosecutions over this time. In United States v. Gregory L. Reyes, Dave prosecuted the only Silicon Valley CEO convicted of stock-options backdating. The New York Times described the Reyes case as the “the most notable conviction from this era.” In United States v. Charles W. McCall, Dave prosecuted the board chairman of a well-known public company in a case described in the Los Angeles Times as “one of the largest financial crimes ever investigated by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission.” In addition, as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, Dave had responsibility for all criminal, civil and tax cases brought by or against the federal government in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland.
Before entering private practice, Dave 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.
Dave 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, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, all of the major wire services and the legal press. His robust experience has been recognized in speaking invitations on a wide range of topics. For example: On March 6, 2014, he spoke at the American Bar Association’s National White Collar Conference on the defense of insider-trading cases. On December 1, 2014, he spoke at UC-Berkeley Law School on the defense of white-collar criminal cases.