David B. Anders joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 2006 and became partner on January 1, 2008. His practice focuses on the representation of Fortune 500and other companies in connection with the defense of regulatory, white-collar criminal and complex civil litigation matters. He also regularly advises clients in connection with internal investigations and corporate governance and compliance reviews.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Anders served as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of New York from September 1998 through December 2005. During his time at the United States Attorneys' Office, he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of securities, commodities, and other investment fraud schemes, money laundering, immigration, racketeering, and associated violent crime. He tried 13 felony cases to verdict, and briefed and argued numerous appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was involved in several significant prosecutions during that time, including the investigation and prosecution of the fraud at WorldCom.
Mr. Anders is a 1991 graduate of Dartmouth College with an AB in government and graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 1994. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Denny Chin of the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York (1995-96).
Mr. Anders is a frequent speaker to bar associations and professional organizations on issues relating to securities and commodities fraud and internal investigations, including the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Council and Practising Law Institute. He was an associate adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law from 1997 through 2006. In 2005, The National Law Journal selected him as one of the country's top 40 lawyers under 40. Mr. Anders is an officer of the Board of Directors of the Fordham Law School Alumni Association and a director of the Fund for Modern Courts. Recently, Mr. Anders was recognized by Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers in Business as a leading lawyer in litigation; by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America; by Benchmark: Litigation as one of the leading litigators in New York and in the country; and by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers as one of the leading lawyers in the field of Criminal Defense: White-Collar Crime. Mr. Anders currently serves on the New York State White Collar Task Force, which is charged with examining New York’s s white-collar crime laws with the goal of recommending legislative and executive changes.
- Honorable Denny Chin, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1995 - 1996
See Library Tab for articles, publications and presentations by David Anders
White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement: Emerging Trends and What to Expect in 2013, in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 30, 2013.
DOJ and SEC Issue Joint Resource Guide on the FCPA, in Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter Volume 49 Number 1, January 2013.
SEC's Role in Enforcing the Federal Securities Laws, in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, November 2, 2012.
SEC Reaches Another Sarbanes-Oxley No-Fault "Clawback" Settlement, in Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter Volume 47 Number 5, January 2012.
White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement - What to Expect in 2012, in Corporation Report Bulletin (Aspen) February 1, 2012.
New York’s Highest Court Rules Common-law Claims are Not Preempted by Martin Act, in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 13, 2012.
The SEC’s First Deferred Prosecution Agreement, in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, June 14, 2011.
The SEC's First Non-Prosecution Agreement, in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 20, 2011.
Pharmaceutical Industry Consultant Indicted for Tipping Inside Information, in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, November 18, 2010.
Handling a Regulatory Investigation in Light of the SEC's New Cooperation Guidelines, in The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation Vol. 43 No. 15, September 8, 2010.
After making his reputation prosecuting WorldCom and Bernard Ebbers, he now provides incisive counsel to Fortune 500 companies and executives in regulatory, white-collar criminal and internal investigations and corporate governance matters.
Successfully prosecuting former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers and former Credit Suisse investment banker Frank Quattrone helped Anders become one of the best white-collar defenders.
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