David K. Willingham specializes in white collar criminal defense and complex litigation matters, and is co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance practice group. He has represented numerous individuals and entities facing governmental investigations and other complex litigation issues in both state and federal courts around the country.
Mr. Willingham has particular expertise in dealing with the high profile case, having prosecuted and defended many matters of public interest. He has handled numerous parallel investigations with the SEC and other regulatory bodies and has also headed several successful appeals that he argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the United States. He is a lawyer’s lawyer, and is recognized by many institutions as such, including being designated as a leader in the white collar field by Chambers USA and being rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent attorney in California. In addition, Mr. Willingham is a nationally recognized speaker, often speaking on issues facing litigators and judicial officers at events around the country.
Mr. Willingham was the Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California before joining the firm, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 2001 – 2007. Mr. Willingham is also a respected member of the legal community. He currently serves as the President-Elect of the Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles, and is a Lawyer Representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. In the past he has also served as co-chair of the ABA’s National Committee on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the ABA’s Securities Fraud Committee.