David has represented clients in demanding business litigation matters, including class actions and multidistrict litigation, for more than 25 years. He has broad experience as both a defendant and a plaintiff in complex litigation in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations. For the past 20 years, much of his practice has focused on antitrust and competition matters involving cartels, dominant firms and monopolization, vertical relationships, antitrust/IP matters, and other areas of antitrust law. He often provides guidance to clients regarding antitrust issues involving pricing and distribution, vertical agreements, trade association activities, and licensing agreements. He has handled cases and counseled clients in a broad range of industries, including, for example, electronic devices and components, chemicals, entertainment, health care, pharmaceuticals, clothing, payment cards, credit reports/identity theft, DSL technology, LED lighting, motor oil, and medical devices. In addition to antitrust matters, David has represented clients in business disputes involving contracts, business torts, California’s Unfair Competition Law, investor disputes, real estate, and other matters.
David is ranked in Chambers for Antitrust in California, has been recommended in The Legal 500 for the United States in Antitrust, is a Benchmark Litigation California Star in Antitrust, and has been a Northern California Super Lawyer in antitrust every year since 2006. He has a peer- and judiciary-reviewed AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
David served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section. His other positions include Immediate Past Chair, Secretary, and Chair of Media, Marketing and Membership. He served for many years on the Executive Committee of the Antitrust Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), and he served as the Vice Chair of the Antitrust Section in 2010-2011. He also served on BASF’s Litigation Section’s Executive Committee for several years including as the Chair in 2009. He previously served on the Editorial Board of San Francisco Attorney Magazine and as the Editor of the Barrister’s Club Law Journal.
David often writes and speaks about antitrust and litigation issues. He co-authored “DOJ and FTC Set Possible Criminal Liability Trap for HR Professionals,” which won an Antitrust Writing Award from Concurrences, and “Putting China’s Fair Competition Review System in Action,” which was nominated for an Antitrust Writing Award.
Prior to joining the firm, David was a partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from 2008-2018, and before that was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP, where he served as a co-chair of the Antitrust Practice Group, as a co-chair of the San Francisco Litigation Department, and as a member of the San Francisco Management Committee.