David B Anders joined Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 2006 and became partner on 1 January 2008. His practice focuses on the representation of Fortune 500 and 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 organisations on issues relating to securities and commodities fraud and internal investigations. 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 recognised 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 defence: white-collar crime. Mr Anders served on the New York State white-collar task force, which was charged with examining New York’s white-collar crime laws with the goal of recommending legislative and executive changes.
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