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 as well as numerous successful appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a lawyer’s lawyer, and is recognized by many institutions as such, including being designated as a leader by Chambers USA, Martindale-Hubbell and other publications. Mr. Willingham is also 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 also served as an Assistant United States Attorney. In that capacity, he spent two years supervising the subsection responsible for all health care fraud related prosecutions within the district.
Mr. Willingham is also a respected member of the legal community. He currently serves as the president of the Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles, and is the co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives 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, the ABA’s Securities Fraud Committee, and the ABA’s Financial Institution Fraud Committee.