David Angeli

David Angeli

Angeli Law Group LLC

Recognized since 2007

Portland, Oregon

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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David Angeli represents corporations and individuals in complex criminal, regulatory and commercial cases. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, David has repeatedly been named as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the categories of Bet the Company Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense and Commercial Litigation. Mr. Angeli has the distinction of being the only lawyer in the State of Oregon to be included in all three of those categories. He is consistently identified by his peers as being among the top 50 “Oregon Super Lawyers.” Mr. Angeli was named the Best Lawyers 2016 and 2018 White Collar Criminal Defense “Lawyer of the Year” for Portland.

A former Navy officer and pilot who served in the first Gulf War, Mr. Angeli received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Boston University and his law degree magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and was the primary law clerk on the seminal antitrust case, United States v. Microsoft Corp. Thereafter, Mr. Angeli practiced law at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC, and was a partner at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon.

A frequent speaker at local and national CLEs, Mr. Angeli has served as Vice Chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ White Collar Crime Committee and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Lewis & Clark Law School, where he taught a federal white-collar crime seminar.


  • 121 SW Morrison Street, Suite 400
    Portland, OR 97204


  • Boston University, BS, graduated 1989

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Oregon, Oregon State Bar
  • Washington, Washington State Bar Association


  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Lewis & Clark Law School - Adjunct Professor of Law
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Vice Chair, White Collar Crime Committee

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Portland, OR (2018)
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Portland, OR (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Special Focus

  • Litigation
  • Securities
  • Securities Fraud
  • State
  • Tax-Evasion Defense

United States v. Joseph Astarita

Successful defense at trial of a FBI Hostage Rescue Team agent charged with obstruction of justice in connection with events surrounding the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Eastern Oregon.

United States v. Joseph Hirko

Represented a former Enron executive in criminal and civil litigation alleging conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, insider trading, and money laundering. After a three-month federal criminal trial in Houston, the client was not convicted on any of the 27 counts with which he was charged.

United States v. Mehrdad Yasrebi

Represented the founder of a charity in connection with allegations of sending millions of dollars to Iran in violation of OFAC regulations. After several years of negotiation, reduced the charges to a single count. At a lengthy contested sentencing hearing, the government argued strenuously for a 30-month term of imprisonment. As the Oregonian reported in a lead editorial the next day, we prevailed, and the client did not spend even a day in prison.

State of Oregon vs. Hood River Juice Co.

Represented an individual and his company in one of the flagship felony prosecutions in the Oregon Attorney General’s aggressive regime of environmental criminal enforcement. After extensive litigation, including a five-day evidentiary hearing over the admissibility of the State’s scientific evidence, the State eventually dropped all 36 felony charges in exchange for a misdemeanor plea involving no jail time.

FleetBoston Financial Corp. v. Advanta Corp.

Represented a major financial institution suing another financial institution in a Delaware case arising out of a sale of a consumer credit card company. Won summary judgment in an amount in excess of $90 million and a verdict after a multi-week trial for an additional amount exceeding $25 million.

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