Jenner & Block

David C. Lachman represents corporations and individuals in high-stakes government enforcement actions and internal investigations. Mr. Lachman has particular expertise in monitorships and complex cross-border investigations. He is fluent in Spanish and has represented multinational corporations with significant operations in Latin America in anti-corruption and other matters. In addition, Mr. Lachman has successfully represented media, technology, and pharmaceutical companies in a wide range of “bet-the-company” litigation in federal and state courts.

His representative matters in the Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice include:

  • Monitoring Credit Suisse AG following the bank’s $715 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services, part of a broader $2.6 billion settlement that involved the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal regulators.
  • Representing individuals in connection with domestic and international investigations of foreign exchange (FX) trading.
  • Represented multinational corporations in FCPA and other matters involving their operations in numerous Latin American countries.
  • Represented the former CEO of a Fortune 500 technology company in SEC and U.S. Attorney investigations into stock options backdating practices.
  • Defended a baseball executive against accusations of tax evasion. After a series of defense presentations, the government decided not to bring any charges.
  • Conducted an internal investigation into a motion picture studio’s use of tax-advantaged film financing.
  • Defended a Los Angeles art museum in a government investigation of the alleged misuse of endowment funds and other corporate governance issues.

Mr. Lachman also has significant experience in preparing complex commercial litigation for trial. His representative matters in this area include:

  • Represented a national department store retailer in a New York State court trial over the right to market and sell goods designed by Martha Stewart.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in nationwide multi-district litigation involving sham litigation antitrust claims and “reverse payment” patent settlements.
  • Defended a motion picture studio against claims brought by the heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien regarding the participation accounting for the Lord of the Rings movies and the rights to make movies based on The Hobbit.
  • Represented a technology company in trade secret litigation brought by a competitor over the hiring of former employees and the alleged theft of ideas for new social games.

In addition, Mr. Lachman maintains an active pro bono practice. He currently represents several individual criminal defendants in the Southern District of New York. He has served as lead counsel in asylum proceedings, including a successful appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and as amicus counsel in a successful appeal of a conviction by a military commission. He also has represented clients before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in cases involving domestic violence in the United States and the mass expulsion of Dominicans of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic.

Before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Lachman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nina Gershon of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was associated with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles.