David Wallach has more than 15 years of experience representing clients in international arbitration and litigation. His practice is focused on high-value, complex construction and commercial disputes. David has worked in a broad array of industries, including oil and gas, agriculture, retail, and pharmaceuticals. David has handled matters arising from projects in Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. He is skilled in all phases of arbitration and litigation and has extensive experience working with local experts and counsel in cross-border disputes to navigate difficult issues of foreign law and procedure. David is currently advising clients about legal issues arising from COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the Shelter in Place orders in California.
David's litigation practice focuses on commercial disputes relating to events in foreign countries. He has successfully defended against claims under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and state tort and competition laws. David is also experienced in seeking and opposing discovery in the United States under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for use in foreign litigation and international arbitration.
David is a member of the International Law Section of the San Francisco Bar Association, the ABA Construction Law Forum, and a frequent author on international law issues.
- April 21, 2011
Colloquium on Current and Future Trends in Transnational Litigation, Pepperdine School of Law
- March 22, 2011
International Lawyering: Ethics in the Face of Lawlessness and Corruption, University of Richmond School of Law
- December 17, 2010
Kiobel: The Uncertain Future of Alien Tort Statute Litigation, San Francisco Bar Association
- December 12, 2009
Pepperdine Alien Tort Statute Colloquium
- University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D. 2004; American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law; Law Review); Colorado College (B.A. magna cum laude 2000 with distinction in Philosophy)
Member of an arbitration team recognized by Global Arbitration Review as one of the leading international arbitration law firms in the 2020 edition of the GAR 30
BTI Client Service All-Star (BTI Consulting Group, 2017)