David W. DeBruin is a litigation counsel who has served as the managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office and as co-chair of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice group. Clients seek his counsel primarily on complex Supreme Court and appellate litigation and on securities fraud and white collar criminal defense matters. Mr. DeBruin draws on his experience as a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and as a former trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where he handled a large number of jury and bench criminal trials.
Mr. DeBruin has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, numerous federal appellate courts, and state supreme courts. He has also represented clients before the Federal Election Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the former Interstate Commerce Commission, as well as witnesses in several congressional investigations. In 1986, Mr. DeBruin served as Special Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives in connection with the impeachment proceedings involving Judge Harry E. Claiborne, the first impeachment proceedings in the United States Senate in the modern era.
Mr. DeBruin serves as one of several counsels for Jenner & Block and as principal counsel for the firm’s Washington, DC office. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, serving for many years on the Steering Committee of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project, and as Vice Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the District of Columbia Bar. He was recognized by the District of Columbia Bar as its 2009 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. Mr. DeBruin is also active in the field of professional responsibility, serving for six years on a Hearing Committee of the District of Columbia Board of Professional Responsibility.