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David A.Wilson


Focus Areas

Contract and Business Tort Litigation

  • Prevailed in defense of a solar energy company in arbitrated claims alleging entitlement to commissions for commercial solar projects.
  • Won an arbitration victory for the owner of a chain of restaurants in claims brought by a shareholder alleging breaches of contracts and fiduciary duties.
  • Represented a real estate development company in multi-party litigation alleging that sale of a company that owned land on which developer had development rights constituted breach of contractual provisions providing for right of first offer.
  • Represented a public utility in action to void a deed restriction that limited the density of development on parcel of land that utility sought to sell to a developer of offices and condominiums.
  • Obtained $5.2 million verdict on behalf of software licensor after a three-week jury trial on claims of unpaid license fees.
  • In two cases representing plaintiffs alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of confidentiality agreements, obtained settlements after the start of trial in which defendants agreed to cease certain business operations.

Securities and Shareholder Matters

  • Won dismissal of securities fraud claims alleging failure to disclose scheme to avoid import duties and faulty internal controls against CFO of publicly traded company. Rahman v. Kid Brands, 736 F.3d 237 (3d Cir. 2013).
  • Defeated SEC’s 10b-5 claim after three-week insider trading jury trial.  Liability on lesser charge limited to disgorgement of profits after SEC sought penalty and officer/director bar. SEC v. Jacobs, No. 1:13:cv-01289-SO (N.D. Ohio December 3, 2014).
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of special committee of the board of a bank holding company into derivative shareholder’s allegations concerning bank’s exposure to subprime loan portfolio.  Result of investigation was dismissal of shareholder’s claims.  See Caston v. Hoaglin, No. 2:08-cv—200 (S.D. Ohio September 23, 2009).
  • Represented the audit committee of a Fortune 100 manufacturer in conducting internal investigation of accounting practices and negotiating no-penalty resolution with the SEC.
  • Represented special committee of the board of an insurance company in internal and SEC investigations of stock option backdating allegations.  See SEC Litigation Release No. 20836 (December 22, 2008).
  • Represented hedge fund accused by SEC of market manipulation in the trading of shares of issuers involved in merger negotiations.  SEC Administrative Proceeding Release No. 34-60351 (July 21, 2009).
  • Prevailed in motions to dismiss securities fraud and derivative claims against CEO of software company based on allegations of backdated stock options and other accounting irregularities.
  • Represented individuals, including public company officers, in insider trading investigations, none of whom were charged.

Bribery and Corruption Allegations

  • Conducted post-acquisition due diligence for major multinational telecommunications company’s purchase of satellite communications provider with extensive presence in Africa and Asia.
  • Represented audit committee of large multinational company in investigation of allegations of improper payments in Eastern Europe.
  • Represented energy supply company in internal investigation of whistleblower complaint concerning alleged favors to Chinese customs officials.
  • Represented special committee of independent directors of public telecommunications company in investigation of allegations of improper vendor payments and accounting irregularities.
  • Conducted anti-corruption training seminars and developed internal policies for several publicly traded companies.

Antitrust Matters

  • Negotiated antitrust immunity for an official of a Japanese auto parts company in a DOJ price-fixing investigation.
  • Represented a manufacturer in grand jury investigation of pricing of extruded rubber thread. No charges brought.
  • Represented employees of chemical company in criminal investigation of alleged cartel activity. No clients charged.

Congressional Investigations

  • Represented an Obama administration official in investigation by U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform into Department of Energy Loan Guaranty Program.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in investigation by congressional committee of NIH grant-making practices.
  • Represented consulting firm investigation of alleged “science-for-sale” in industry-funded studies on health effects of certain drugs and chemicals.
  • “Navigating Proxy Season with SEC Disclosure Mandates and Litigation Risks Lurking,” Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) Webinar, April 2022
  • “ESG Internal Communication and External Disclosure: Tackle Them Before They Tackle You,” Washington Legal Foundation Webinar, September 2021
  • “White Collar Crime – Recent Developments and Emerging Risks Part I,” Thompson Hine Webinar Series, February 18, 2021
  • “Legal Project Management: Providing Value for In-House Law Departments,” Association of Corporate Counsel – National Capital Region (ACC NCR), June 30, 2020
  • “Implementing Audits to Bolster Effective FCPA Compliance Programs,” Strafford Publications Webinar, July 2016
  • “FCPA Compliance Audits” webinar, Clear Law Institute, October 2015
  • “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Audits,” Strafford Publications Webinar, October 2012
  • “Challenges and Risks of Anti-Corruption Compliance Reviews,” Strafford Publications Webinar, October 2011
  • “Managing FCPA Risk Associated with Mergers & Acquisitions,” Marcus Evans Conferences, June 2010
  • Listed as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2023
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list, 2013-2023
  • Recognized as a ‘Smart Lawyer’ by SmartCEO Magazine, November 2008


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1988,
    cum laude

    articles editor, Georgetown Law Journal

  • Harvard University, 1980,
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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